We offer pelagic trips from Hatteras, North Carolina to explore our near shore, dynamic ecosystem formed by the combination of the Continental Shelf edge & the Gulf Stream Current.
VA Beach Pelagic Trips on Stormy Petrel II
We are headed to Virginia Beach for December and January! Right now we have five trips planned and we are also open for birding charters on other dates. In recent years we have run most of our winter trips from Hatteras, but we have considerable experience off the Virginia Capes. We ran 35 trips here from 1988 to 2006 and we spent many days running seabird surveys on the continental shelf there from 2012 to 2014. Compared to Cape Hatteras, the waters off VA are much better for kittiwakes and puffins. We also used to see Dovekies up there during some years when they were scarce or absent off Hatteras. We have seen many Great Skuas off VA as well, but I think Hatteras is still the best bet for them. Since 2006 we have only run one birding trip here and it was excellent! Click here to read trip report & here for photos! It’s hard to say exactly what we should find on any given trip, but possibilities include the following species, which have been found on previous trips in December and or January: Great Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, Northern Fulmar, Red Phalarope, Black-legged Kittiwake, Dovekie, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffin, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, and Great Skua! Additional species seen on trips in February include Black-capped Petrel, Black-browed Albatross, and both Common and Thick-billed Murres. There is also a late November record of Yellow-nosed Albatross from VA and an early December record from nearby Maryland. There should be lots of Northern Gannets and a variety of gulls to keep photographers busy. White-winged gulls and Little Gulls are a reasonable possibility. These waters are also home to a good variety of cetaceans that frequently include the attractive and energetic Common Dolphin and both Fin Whale and Humpback Whale. We will be running the trips from Lynnhaven Inlet, which is very convenient to I64, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and ORF.
Subadult Brown Booby July 25, 2015 photo below by George Armistead
WOW – Bermuda Petrel May 25, 2015! Around the boat for long period of time! Photos & trip report for this, and other Spring Blitz trips, are on our blog – click on link above!!
2016 Winter Schedule is up! Hover over “Schedule” above for a drop down list of trips we are offering next year.
If you would like some help with birding on land while you are on the Outer Banks, try getting in touch with Jeff Lewis in Manteo. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and he would love to take you birding