Maine & New Hampshire 2022

Portland, ME, USA

136 reviews
Jun 3 - 13, 2022
Group size: 5 - 8
Maine & New Hampshire 2022
Portland, ME, USA

136 reviews

Jun 3 - 13, 2022
Group size: 5 - 8

About this trip

Swap the southern summer heat for the cool northeast on this 11-day birding getaway to scenic Maine and New Hampshire. From the expansive boreal forest to rocky, offshore islands teeming with seabirds, our tour takes us through some of the most beautiful and bird-rich areas North America has to offer.  Among the many notable highlights, we will visit Kennebunk Plains, a rare protected grassland where we expect to find Upland Sandpiper & Vesper Sparrow.

From there we turn our attention northward to the boreal forest of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, home to such targets as Bicknell’s Thrush, Black-backed Woodpecker and Boreal Chickadee. We’ll then head to the breathtaking coast and deciduous forests of Acadia National Park. Our tour also includes 2 boat trips – one a whale watch and the other to Machias Seal Island – which will get us up-close-and-personal views of thousands of seabirds including Atlantic Puffin, Common Murre, Roseate & Arctic Terns, plus an assortment of seals and whales. We’ll conclude the tour with a visit to Portland’s Scarborough Marsh, the largest of its kind in Maine and an excellent place to compare breeding Nelson’s & Saltmarsh Sparrows.

While the birding will be excellent, we will be sure to take time and appreciate Maine’s numerous other attractions, from its rugged coastline dotted with historic lighthouses, to its charming New England villages and old-fashioned fishing towns, not to mention the delicious (and ample) lobster dinners! 

What’s included

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Ground transportation
  • Guide services
  • Flight to Portland
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities
  • Items of personal nature

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
Available until April 23, 20226 left


Deposit: $300
Single Traveler
Available until April 23, 20224 left

For those wanting their own room

Deposit: $300

Your Organizer

Ventures Birding Tours
136 reviews
Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.


I had a great time. Michael Plauche is an excellent birder and guide, and is very pleasant to spend time with. Communication with him and with Ventures Birding was excellent.
By Marcia M for Private Half Day Tours (2021) on 16 Oct, 2021
Enjoyed two outings with Aaron Steed at Ridge Junction this Fall - one in early September and one in late September to catch different migrants coming through. Both were spectacular. It is really cool to see mass quantities of warblers and hummingbirds flying over the ridge, many graciously stopping for the viewing pleasure of our groups. Aaron has a fabulous ear for the different types of birds, and can pick one special species out of a large flock. They were exciting and beautiful mornings as the sun came up over the ridge. Was so thankful for Aaron’s help in spotting and identifying a large variety of birds.
By Kathleen W for Spectacular Fall Migration 4 on 11 Oct, 2021
Kevin goes above and beyond to make sure everyones needs are met. He is flexible and low keyed. He does advances for the each trip. We tried many local (non-chain) restaurants and the food was superb. Maneuvering between wildfires and unexpected covid closures there was no disappointments. Could not have asked for a better group of fellow passengers. There was plenty of room within the vehicle which is important especially when you are dealing with your various pieces of equipment. Thank You again for a great trip. CSSR
By Christine S for Washington - Pacific Northwest Birding 2021 on 09 Oct, 2021
This trip included 6+ days of birding from morning to late afternoon visiting many birding hotspots in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. The pace was comfortable and the terrain very manageable, even Hawk Mountain. Simon Thompson, owner and guide, has experience world-wide, can spot and hear the most obscure bird, can ID birds by sight and/or sound and makes sure everyone is "on the bird" even when it is not a "lifer"! He is quick with the scope and binocular. In addition, he methodically submits a checklist for each birding area - 25 in all for this trip! The van was very comfortable and with large windows. Chris Jaquette was an excellent driver and also a master at providing delicious picnic lunches. Restaurant dinners were outside in comfortable temperatures. Cuisine each night was delicious and varied. We can hardly wait for our next trip with Ventures!
By Julia J for Hawk Mountain and Cape May on 08 Oct, 2021
Lots of warblers, Kevin knew every one!
By barbara r for Fall Warbler Workshop 2 on 05 Oct, 2021
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