Overview

This tour is offered in partnership with Ventures Birding Tours.

This tour will take us on an extensive exploration of Cape Cod and southern Rhode Island. Winter is a great time to visit these areas to look for New England's resident species and any continuing winter rarities that have been discovered. Species we will be looking for include: Common Murre, Black-legged Kittiwake, Iceland Gull, Long-tailed Duck, Common Eider, and many, many more.

Cape Cod has some of the best sea watching on the East Coast. The geographic cape sticks out far off the Massachusetts mainland making it ideal for viewing seabirds from shore. We will spend a few nights on the cape exploring its barrier beaches, saltmarshes, and maritime forests. These unique habitats will hold a good mix of resident species, wintering birds, and lingering migrants. Cape Cod is also home to some very charming villages that are as fascinating to explore as are the unique landscapes. We will stop at the famous Birdwatcher's General Store in Orleans to chat about birds and see the latest in birding gear. Next on the agenda is a trip to the Southern Rhode Island coast, which recently has been on a hot streak with rarities such as Common Cuckoo, Little Stint and Terek Sandpiper. You never know what you might find in the countries smallest state. This five night tour is sure to net us great birds, wonderful beach views, and great seafood.

Available spaces may be different to those advertised on our website.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Brant; Common Eider; Surf Scoter; Northern Gannet; Grey Plover; Black-legged Kittiwake; Harlequin & Long-tailed Ducks; White-winged Scoter; Razorbill; Pomarine & Parasitic Jaegers; Manx, Great & Cory’s Shearwaters; Great Cormorant; Ruddy Turnstone; American Kestrel; Lapland Longspur; Horned Lark; American Pipit and many more
Habitats Covered
coast, sea watching, barrier beaches, saltmarshes and maritime forests
Expected Climate
the weather around Cape Cod is typically cold at this time of year, averaging between 25°F (−3.9°C) and 38.3°F (3.5°C)
Max Group Size
10 with 1 Rockjumper Leader and 1 Ventures Leader
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
mostly easy
Photographic Opportunities
average
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Stephan was an excellent guide and made sure everyone was able to see the birds and many times obtain photos. He was patient with the requests of the group members and facilitated an enjoyable experience for all. Claudia was a great addition to the team and we really appreciated her help finding birds in the scopes, identifying birds in the van, and working with Stephan to make sure our trip was as seamless as possible.

This was my 4th tour with Stephan, and he continues to be welcoming, caring, and on-point the entire trip. He always goes the extra mile to ensure everyone has a chance to see the birds and is very informative throughout the tour, always slipping in identification characteristics, sounds, or habitats that will help us in the future. He does all this with a very easy-going manner despite his high energy level and excellent people skills to ensure comraderie within the group. Despite the varied skill levels of the group’s participants, he is able to make each of us feel special, whether it is for me as a beginner birder with limited name associations to the species and a brain that doesn’t recall the information from day to day, all the way for those who are excellent at spotting birds and already knowing the species, perhaps due to a career in the field. This tour provided more challenges with some restaurants and toilets closed due to the pandemic or limited hours which did not mesh with the tour route, but Stephan and Claudia did an excellent job of rounding up food, supplies, meals, drinks, and toilet breaks. Because of the intense nature and number of miles/hours required each day to see the target species, they arranged for one vehicle to return to lodging each night at dinner time to provide an early night for those of us who needed a bit more sleep or for those whose abilities limited nighttime walking on uneven surfaces! I really appreciated that effort and concern, even though I love to see owls, etc. They are wonderful guides and friends!!!

I would rate my experience on the Texas Coast trip with Stephan and Claudia as excellent. They are both superb at what they do.

The group saw 24 warblers (me 21) & I was elated!! Not to mention all the other quality birds. Stephen was superb. There were 13 of us & tho a high count of clients by RBT standards, it worked very well-we were lucky too-a fallout. Thanks Stephan thanks RBT.

I would rate my experience on the Texas Coast trip with Stephan and Claudia as excellent. They are both superb at what they do.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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