Special Events

These trips offer an opportunity to experience a unique event only Maine can offer! From watching crazy Lobster boat races, to viewing fireworks by boat on the 4th of July, to honing your photography skills aboard the Pamela B. These unique events will fill up fast so make sure to check this section often.

Birds of Casco Bay ~ Boat Tour  ~ 2024 Schedule

August 4th ~ 9:00 – 11:30

Join the crew of Seacoast Tours and Derek Lovitch from Freeport Wild Bird Supply on a special tour of the islands and waters of Casco Bay. We’ll explore the inner islands of Freeport, Brunswick and Harpswell as we search for osprey, eagles, eiders, Common Terns, and an occasional seal basking in the sun on the ledges of hidden coves. We’ll focus on the common breeding water and shoreline birds of the region, including photographic opportunities whenever we can, but without disturbing any nests.

This special small-group trip is timed for the peak of shorebird migration. We’ll explore a few islands for possible roosting sites, but spend most of our time working the extensive mudflats of the Royal River Estuary. In fact, the local Indigenous Peoples called the river Westcustogo, meaning “muddy.”  Rich with benthic invertebrates, large numbers of shorebirds feed here during their southbound migration.  On a private tour last year, we encountered hundreds of shorebirds of seven species, mostly in close proximity to the boat.  Many were side-by-side, allowing for easy analysis and comparison to learn the basics of shorebird identification, so our goal is to recreate that experience.

October 13th ~ 9:00 – 11:30

Join the crew of Seacoast Tours and Derek Lovitch from Freeport Wild Bird Supply on a special tour of the islands and waters of Casco Bay. We’ll explore the inner islands of Freeport, Brunswick and Harpswell as we search for eagles, migrant waterfowl, and an occasional seal basking in the sun on the ledges of hidden coves. We’ll focus on the common resident and migratory water and shoreline birds of the region, including photographic opportunities whenever we can.

Conditions and tide permitting, we’ll poke around the mouth of Maquoit Bay and especially up into Middle Bay, two of the richest areas for waterfowl concentrations.  If we can find a mass of American Black Ducks, we’ll scour them for a variety of other dabblers, such as Green-winged Teal and Northern Shovelers.  Some of our wintering and migratory bayducks, such as Surf and White-winged Scoters will just be arriving, and Common Loons begin to build in for the winter.

July 2022 and October 2022 tour reports are posted on the Freeport Wild Bird Supply website to give you an idea of what we saw.  On our June 2021 trip, unexpected highlights included a Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Roseate Tern, while in July of 2022, we found an over summering Surf Scoter in addition to the usual summer denizens.

PARKING:

NOTE: New Shuttle Stop ~ 23 Depot St in downtown Freeport 

Due to very limited parking at the Freeport Town wharf, Seacoast Tours will provide free shuttle service from downtown Freeport to the harbor for our tours. ALL PASSENGERS must take our free shuttle unless previous arrangements have been made with Seacoast Staff.

The shuttle departs from Freeport Station Parking Lot located at 23 Depot Street (next to the Freeport Amtrak Station).  Please arrive 30 minutes prior to scheduled tour departure.

Our Oyster Farm Tour shuttle will meet passengers in the town of South Freeport (located three blocks from the harbor) at 95 South Freeport Rd, South Freeport ME (near the South Freeport Post Office) unless instructed otherwise by Seacoast Tours Staff.

Paid parking is also available, on a limited basis, at Brewer South Freeport Marine. Contact Brewer Marine at (207) 865-3181 for more information.