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

By selecting the northern part of the NP, we avoided most of the huge traffic jams and could focus on the wildlife; also well-planned were the days outside of the NP. Forrest Rowland is extraordinary: total mastery of the area from the daily routes to the trails and what is where when, to substantive knowledge about the ecology, public policies governing land and water use, all of which is seamlessly integrated throughout the course of the day and week. He's able to handle difficult situations, such as the approach of a bear, to tour members who could be distracting. Days were planned, integrating sufficient down time, and flexible to utilize unique opportunities that arose with the appearance of target species. Each day proved enjoyable, filled with cumulative knowledge gained through good views of species and time to absorb the environmental context.

An excellent tour, and Stephan and Claudia were both very knowledgeable guides. I was also very grateful to them for so conscientiously researching the options for the Covid test I needed to travel back to the UK (following the UK Government’s announcement after I had already left for the tour) and ensuring I got the test. All in all a very enjoyable experience and with lots of good birds!

A very enjoyable domestic trip. Kansas was beautiful in the fall and, while we may not have seen the greatest number of species, we saw enormous numbers of waterfowl – some species in numbers greater than all I have seen before combined. We were also able to view several species of beautiful sparrows which I never or rarely see in the West. I am so glad that Rockjumper is increasing the number of US trips as these relatively easy, short (1 week) trips are very appealing to me for just the pleasure of travel and birding without stress concern about visas or covid testing. Our guide, Aaron Steed was very familiar with the area and the birds we could expect. He was able to find a number of relatively uncommon and localized species for us.

This was a short trip, but we saw a great number of really good birds, rarely seen in the US or, in some case, elsewhere. Stephan is one of the best guides I’ve traveled with and he is also very patient and very accommodating. We had a fairly large group – 10 – but I believe everyone had a chance for good views of every bird. I am looking forward to traveling with Stephan again in the near future to Barrow

Stephan Lorenz is a fantastic guide. His ability to find tough birds is amazing, plus he has a great personality which makes the whole trip very enjoyable.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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