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Ross's Goose by Frank GalloNANTUCKET!
Waterbirds & Rarities Weekend
March 9 - 11, 2019

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Bonaparte's Flock by Frank Gallo.

Harlequin Ducks by Gina Nichol.Nantucket Island, twenty-two miles off the coast of Cape Cod, is one of Massachusetts’s exceptional birding hotspots, resting snuggly within the center of some of the largest wintering sea duck concentrations in the North Atlantic. Our new weekend tour explores the island’s coast as well as the interior of this land bird migrant trap for wintering birds as well as rarities. On our ferry crossing and around the island we should see impressive numbers of all three scoter species, Common Eiders, Long-tailed Ducks and other waterfowl, with a chance to find rarities such as Barrow’s Goldeneye, Harlequin Duck, and Eurasian Wigeon. Although weather dependent, it is not unusual to see hundreds, sometimes thousands of scoters, eiders, and Long-tailed Ducks in a single weekend. As an added treat, Ross’s Goose has been wintering on the Island this year, as well.

Dovekie by Frank Gallo.

Nantucket is roughly fourteen miles long and seven miles wide with access available to much of its coast. This gives us the opportunity to revisit key areas. We’ll be on the lookout for a variety of seabirds including loons, Red-necked Grebe, and alcids; Razorbills are most common, but there’s a chance to see Black Guillemot, and the tiny Dovekie (uncommon). Northern Gannets can be seen on both the crossing and from shore, and often put on quite a show fishing the rips off the island’s south shore.


Iceland Gull. Photo by Frank Gallo.Gull numbers and species diversity can also be incredible on Nantucket, with chances to see double, and sometimes triple-digit numbers of Iceland and Lesser Black-backed Gull in all plumages. Among the Bonaparte’s Gulls, we’ll search for rare and lovely Black-headed and diminutive Little Gulls. Both Black-legged Kittiwake and Glaucous Gulls are also possible. Other rarities discovered have included, Mew and California Gulls.

Northern Saw-whet Owl by Frank Gallo.  Birds blown off course often find their way onto the island. There’s always a chance to find something unusual, like an Orange-crowned Warbler or a wintering Dickcissel or Yellow-breasted Chat. Northern Saw-whet, Barn, and Long-eared Owls winter and/or nest on Nantucket. We’ll make an evening attempt to find them. Snowy Owl and Short-eared are also possible. In some years, Northern Shrike and Rough-legged Hawk make it out to the island.


Nantucket has a unique beauty, with quiet windswept moors, sandy beaches, and varied habitats. Frank has been leading trips and visiting the Island since the late 1970s and knows it well. He also has many birding contacts on Nantucket. Every trip is different, but there is always something to see on this magical island far out at sea. We hope you can join us.


The tour starts on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from Hyannis, Massachusetts. We’ll be taking the 2:45 p.m. Steamship Authority ferry to the island, arriving at 5 p.m. The Hyannis terminal address is 69 South Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 There is limited on-site parking at the Hyannis terminal. Off-site parking is always available with free shuttle service to and from our Hyannis terminal. Plan to arrive one hour before your departure time to allow time for parking. Current/real-time parking lot information is readily available by logging onto our mobile website at, by calling our parking information line at (508) 775-7275 (PARK), or tuning into 1610 AM on your radio.
We will return on Monday, March 11, 2019 on the 12:30 ferry from Nantucket, arriving in Hyannis at 2:45 p.m. This gives us two chances to bird off-shore during daylight.

Ipswich Sparrow by Frank Gallo.Our accommodations are in condos fairly near Nantucket Center. They are basic and comfortable. In each unit, there is a full kitchen, newly updated living room, bathroom, and two bedrooms, each with two twin beds. Bathrooms are shared. Every effort will be made to divide participants among the available units to minimize the number sharing a bathroom in each unit. A single supplement is available, but will mean sharing a bathroom with at least one other person. Blankets and pillows are provided, but we have to bring our own sheets and a towel.


LEADER:  Frank Gallo with up to 6 pax. Frank has been leading trips and visiting the Island since the late 1970s and knows it well. He also has many birding contacts on Nantucket. Additional leader will be added as necessary for a larger group.

All photos by Frank Gallo unless noted.  From top to bottom:  Ross's Goose, Bonaparte's Gulls, Harlequin Ducks (Gina Nichol), Dovekie, Iceland Gull, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Ipswich Sparrow. Below: Sankaty Head Lighthouse, downtown Nantucket, Snowy Owl.

Sankaty Head Lighthouse by Frank Gallo.NANTUCKET!
Waterbirds & Rarities Weekend
March 9 - 11, 2019  

TOUR COST: $595 per person based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $120.

INCLUDED: Ferry transportation to and from Hyannis MA, minivan transportation on the island, accommodations (condo, as described above), Saturday night dinner, continental breakfasts, and guiding services of leader.

NOT INCLUDED: All other meals, alcohol, other drinks, tips, items of a personal nature.

TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE:  Contact Frank Gallo at Then follow up with a completed REGISTRATION FORM> and full payment to Sunrise Birding LLC to secure your space.  Full payment is due at registration.   Check or bank transfer are preferred but credit card payments are possible (surcharges of up to 5% are added depending on amount to cover credit card company fees).  Please inquire with about credit card payments via PayPal.


Cancellations and Refunds:  All cancellations must be made in writing.  In the event that you must cancel your booking at any stage, all payments you have made to Sunrise Birding, LLC will be retained by us, except at our discretion. Please ensure that you take out adequate insurance to cover this and any other eventuality as early as possible. You may have the opportunity to transfer your booking to another tour or another person, provided you are unavoidably prevented from coming on the tour. In this case, you will bear any extra costs that such changes may incur.

There are no refunds once the trip is confirmed to go ahead and no refunds will be made for unused meals, accommodations, or other trip features. 

Insurance:  The purchase of trip cancellation insurance to cover any eventuality is strongly recommended.  Sunrise Birding, LLC cannot accept liability for airline cancellations or delays or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for this tour. 


If you have questions about this trip, please contact Frank at

Downtown Nantucket.

Snowy Owl.