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I can add a resounding YES! to Bob's endorsement of Captain Norton's
operation.  Four central Missourians went out with him July 5, 2 years
ago--or more correctly, with his son, who now runs the boat.  Capt.
Barna met us at the dock (in a dense fog--the weather, not him) and we
had a delightful talk while the fog dissipated.

I apologize that I have deleted the first message, so some of what
follows may be off topic.

You should know that reservations are required (with deposit--I think it
was the total, actually), refunded if trip is cancelled due to weather
(that fog thing).  Also, there are limited numbers of visitors allowed
on the island each day and the tour operators have an allotment.  Norton
has the most.  If you are a latecomer to a boat, you may be able to ride
out to, but not land on the island.

If you land on the island be ready for a special treat in birding!  The
birds land on the roof of the blind and patter overhead.  You can hear
the little ones in the burrows.  You can see every fieldmark on several
species.  And they provide you with a stick (to hold upright; not to
swing) to discourage terns from drawing blood from your pate.

You may wish to check out the Maine listserve (see Siler's webpage,
www.Birdingonthe.net) to see what is being reported and possibly to
identify someone to contact for additional information.

Other things to consider in conjunction with a Maine visit:

Biddeford Pool is, as Bob noted, a place to consider--good variety of
saltwater species.  Parking is a dicey thing--limited to a few places at
a restaurant, and you must pay or risk being towed--the latter is not a
good option.

Moosehead? NWR near Calais on the Canadian border (pronounced to rhyme
with callous) offers good opportunity to tromp around and has good
variety--this NWR was established to protect/study American Woodcocks!

Consider going into Canada.  We took the ferry over to Grand Manan
Island.  We had good weather going both ways.  From the ferry we saw 4
species of shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwake and alcids.  We had good
birding on Grand Manan, including Black Guillemots, eiders, etc.

Consider a side trip to New Hampshire for Bicknell's Thrush.  Though
late, they might be possible in the White Mts., and other species are
present (grouse, etc.)

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at 10:50 PM, Robert Fisher wrote:

> Captain Barna Norton is the guy to go with, if you go to Machias Seal
> Island
> from Jonesport. You can also go from Cutler with someone else.
> Although the
> water part of the trip from Cutler is shorter, I prefer the Jonesport
> run
> because it traverses open water in which you may see shearwaters,
> jaegers
> and storm petrels.
>
> Both Cutler and Jonesport are "way down " -- i.e. in the far
> northeastern
> part of Maine.
>
> (Explanation: Maine old timers used the famous expression "down east" to
> refer to northeastern Maine, although it appears to be "up" on a map.
> Originally, there were no roads to go there. Transportation was by
> sailing
> ship. The prevailing winds are from west to east. The trip to
> northeastern
> Maine was a downwind run from west to east. Therefore, going to
> northeastern
> Maine was going "down east.").
>
> Bob Fisher
> Independence, Missouri
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "your name Bob De Garmo" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 2004 5:27 PM
> Subject: Re: Birding in Maine
>
>
>> Note:  A displaced DownEaster here...   :o))
>>
>> Machias Seal Island!  Without doubt!!  You can catch charters out of
>> Jonesport, as well as other places....
>> http://www.birdingamerica.com/Maine/machias.htm
>> http://www.machiassealisland.com/
>>
>> I would also recommend a Whale Watching trip out of Ba Habah (Bar
>> Harbor
> for
>> you Midwesterners)
>> http://www.whalesrus.com/
>>
>> Finally, for a very nice afternoon (with birds!), might I suggest a
> Downeast
>> Clambake?
>> http://www.cabbageislandclambakes.com/clambakes.htm
>>
>>
>> -Bob De Garmo
>> Festus (Jefferson County), Missouri
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>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "R Bailey" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 2004 4:51 PM
>> Subject: Birding in Maine
>>
>>
>>> I'll be spending the first weekof August in Maine. For a couple of
>>> days
>> I'll
>>> be staying with relatives along Maine's southestern coast. After
>>> that, I
>> can
>>> go where ever... Please let me know if you know of some good birding
> spots
>>> in Maine.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Bob Bailey
>>> St. Louis, MO
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