of best and most accessible wildlife spectacles
in the world is the whale
and dolphin show off the
coast of New England."
Coast of New Hampshire 2010. Breeching Right
Whale with Humpback Whale in the foreground.
Photograph by Jim Besada on the NH Tri-State
From the webmaster:
Back in 1983 when I moved to New England
from the mid-west, one of the first things I did was
to start birding with the Brookline Bird Club and
going on dedicated pelagic birding trips to see both
birds and whales. It is fair to say I got really
carried away with both. Birding in New England
soon gave way to birding around the world and I
tried never to miss a pelagic opportunity. You
don't just have to watch seabirds at sea. They come
to land to breed and how exciting is a breeding
colony of seabirds. My first breeding
colony was Machias Seal Island in Maine and I went
there 8 times. The most memorable was walking
through a colony of 250 breeding Great Skuas in the
Shetland Islands north of Scotland.
Time marches on and change occurs. I am
more active with grandchildren than with pelagic
birding trips. I am still and will always be
an active birder and of course very interested in
I started this web page to encourage people in
the greater Boston area to take whale watch trips in
order to see seabirds since the lack of birds on
Stellwagen Bank at that time no longer supported
dedicated trips. I believe it helped get
people out there. I used the web page to help
fill dedicated pelagic trips I sponsored with the
Brookline Bird Club.
I will for some time maintain some pages with
pictures and information on the birds and other
living things that have been seen on offshore trips.
I will no longer try to update pending trips or trip
reports since this is hard information to keep up to
date and available elsewhere.
I still believe that the wildlife show off the
coast of New England is spectacular and accessible.
The wildlife of Antarctica is also spectacular, but
you better have time and money or you are going to
miss it. Don't miss what is really close to