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Old 07-21-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
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Mainely Puffins - A Tiny Trip Report

We went on a day tour to see the Puffins last week, and I thought some folks might be interested in hearing about our little trip.

I booked the tour back in March, partly as a way to say thank you to our friends who took care of our dog when we had to travel unexpectedly. We were going to see puffins on Machias Seal Island, which is in the northeast part of Maine - about an hour or so from Acadia National Park. Our friends spend the summers in Machiasport, Maine - which is about 20 miles from where the puffin tour would depart.

We drove up to our friends' house Wednesday evening, and we were all ready to go bright and early on Thursday morning. The Tour was booked through Bold Coast Charters with Captain Andy, and we had to be in Cutler by 9am.

Cutler is a small fishing village - there is no dock, you have to ferry out to the tour boat in a smaller skiff:















This is not our tour boat





Here comes Captain Andy to pick up a group of passengers - there were 15 adults and 5 kids on our tour.





We would be on the Barbara Frost - a 40 ft boat that was actually quite comfortable. Lots of seating, an area under cover, and even a small cabin with a toilet.





Once we were loaded up, we headed out of the cute little harbor in Cutler. Right off the bat, we saw a Bald Eagle in the trees:





Then, we passed the Little River Lighthouse:





It took us about 50 minutes to travel the 9+ miles out to Machias Seal Island. We have been having a heatwave in Maine, but it was cool on the water. The seas were a little rough, but it wasn't bad. Once at the Island, we saw another Lighthouse:



This is a working Lighthouse. The situation is interesting, as there is apparently a disagreement over jurisdiction between Canada and the US for Machias Seal Island. There is a sign on the island stating it is Canadian, yet we didn't need any passports or custom checks. It seems a friendly dispute, since people from both countries come and go.


We also saw lots of birds in the water. There were puffins, and a few other types of birds. The puffins who live here are Atlantic Puffins, also called Common Puffins.





























Aren't they cute? See - I told you this would be a tiny report ... but wait, there's more. We actually get to go onto the island where will have even better views of the puffins.


Up Next: How Close Will We Get to the Puffins?
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Love the puffins and LOVE the coast of Maine! I always think the Horned and Tufted Puffins from Alaska are wearing eye make-up, while the Maine birds are natural beauties! Such wonderful birds.
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I like your tiny TR so far. I had to laugh when I saw the seats on the skiff - certainly easy enough to replace - but they look like they'd make the boat top heavy with people sitting in them. I do have to ask though, why the 2 colors - did he teach everyone port from starboard with them?
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for doing this tiny report! I adore puffins! They look so cute and sweet in the water. Can't wait to see more!
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LOVE Puffins!! Need to get to Maine (I did take field trip there for work) - of course Acadia NP is on the NPs left to do list.
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I love puffins, so the second I saw this, I was really excited! I can't believe that shot you got of the bald eagle - beautiful!
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I love this. I have friend that lives fairly close to Machias and we are going up to visit them in 2 weeks. The tour looks interesting, i think I'll look into it for us.

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Love the puffins and LOVE the coast of Maine! I always think the Horned and Tufted Puffins from Alaska are wearing eye make-up, while the Maine birds are natural beauties! Such wonderful birds.
We saw the Tufted Puffins in Alaska - now just have to find the Horned Puffins!

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I like your tiny TR so far. I had to laugh when I saw the seats on the skiff - certainly easy enough to replace - but they look like they'd make the boat top heavy with people sitting in them. I do have to ask though, why the 2 colors - did he teach everyone port from starboard with them?
Darlene - I need to take you on a photo tour with me; you are much more observant than I am! LOL - those seats were high tech - and they came off the skiff and back on the boat for extra seating.

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for doing this tiny report! I adore puffins! They look so cute and sweet in the water. Can't wait to see more!
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Acadia is beautiful - stop by and say hi when you get this way

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I love puffins, so the second I saw this, I was really excited! I can't believe that shot you got of the bald eagle - beautiful!
The eagle was sitting in the tree, then he started to fly off as we were watching.

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I love this. I have friend that lives fairly close to Machias and we are going up to visit them in 2 weeks. The tour looks interesting, i think I'll look into it for us.

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It was a great tour. Here is the link for Captain Andrew: www.boldcoast.com



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Darlene - I need to take you on a photo tour with me; you are much more observant than I am! LOL - those seats were high tech - and they came off the skiff and back on the boat for extra seating.
I'd love to go on a photo tour with you. I absolutely love the photos you show so instead of just glancing at them to get to the next one, I actually stop and look at each one so it's easy that way to pick up on some of the things you capture. Other times things I see that I want to comment one but when I get to the next photo (and so on and so fourth) I'm just amazed at what I see so my comments are forgotten.
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I think some people are much more observant than others - and you are one of them. I often miss things until after I see the photos - making me wonder what else I should have photographed

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I do have a lot of photos of the birds, so I'll upload some now, and maybe some more tomorrow.


We had to transfer to an even smaller skiff to go from the big boat to shore. The Captain made a couple of trips. Not everyone signed up for the landing part of the tour.




Once on land, we were taken to a patio area by the Lighthouse - you had to walk only on the path, no stopping and no photos. This was to minimize disturbance to the birds. We then split up into groups of 3-4 and were taken to the blinds closer to where the birds are. We had an hour in the blind; you could leave earlier and come back to the patio area, but then you were not allowed to leave that area.


Here are a couple of the blinds, and the gal who was in charge for the day.





It was a little cramped inside the blind, but not too bad. There were multiple windows you could open in order to see out and take photos, but we were requested to not have too many open at once - again, to keep from disturbing the birds.


It was amazing when we first looked out of the blind - so many birds, so close!









Some came even closer. In fact, they didn't seem bothered at all once everyone was in the blinds. We kept hearing them land on top of the blind, and run around. We saw two types of birds - the Puffins, and also Razorbills. Both are members of the Auk family. The razorbills are the black and white birds that look like little penguins.

















































































That's probably enough for now ... thanks for looking.
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