What Do You See
You can observe at very close range breeding: Atlantic Puffin,
Razorbill, Common Tern, Arctic Tern and Common Murres. Leach's
Storm-petrel also breeds on the island, but is not usually seen because
they enter and leave the nesting burrow at night. A few pairs of Common
Eiders breed on the island.As the boat approaches the island, you will
all these birds on the water and flying into the island. You may also
see Manx, Sooty, and Greater Shearwater, Black Guillemot, Northern
Gannet on the boat trip to the island. Bald Eagles may be seen in the
Machias Seal Island is a 15 acre island in the Bay of Fundy off the
coast of Maine and just south of Grand Manan. The island is currently
occupied and managed by the Canadian Coast Guard although the United
States claims ownership of the island. For more about the history of the
island see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machias_Seal_Island#
Maine has a wonderful web site for birders called The Maine
Birding Trail. See Down East Machias
When to Visit
The best time to visit is between the middle of June and the middle of
July. The Puffins can be on the island from early June and immature
Puffins are seen in the water around the island until mid August, but
after the young Puffins leave the burrow the adults tend to move off.
Getting to the Island
A visit takes about half a day. There is plenty of other birding in the
area to fill the rest of the day or you can drive back to Boston after
the trip. The trip is appropriate for children old enough to remain
quiet in a blind for 20 minutes and non-birding adults.
A visit requires a 45 minutes to 2 hour boat trip depending on port of
departure. . The boat trip can cause motion sickness in the unprepared.
If any trip is worth enduring sea sickness, it is this one. If you
suffer from sea sickness consider taking the shortest trip from Cutler,
A limited number of people are allowed to land on the island and will be
escorted to bird blinds where they can observe the Puffins at very close
range. Puffins will even walk on the roof of the blind while you are in
it. Photographers will surely want to land.
Those who do not land on the island will view the birds from the water
and you will see many birds at close range to the skiff.
Trips are sometimes cancelled because of weather conditions and landing
on the island is dependent on conditions as well.
BOLD COAST CHARTER CO.
P.O. BOX 364
CUTLER, ME 04626
Puffins, Razorbills, Murres