Past Trips


PAST TRIPS 2019


Rescheduled Lewes, DE Trip: September 28-29, 2019 

SOLD OUT!!  Sailed successfully – a great Jaeger show!

Boat: One of the Thelmas or whatever big boat HD wants to drive that day! (At least 100 ft.)

Depart/Return: 10:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Cost: $225

The August 24-25 trip did not sail, and has been rescheduled. People that already were signed up must confirm they are going and will have their same spots or better. Email info@paulagics.com to confirm your spot!

Lewes holds a sentimental spot in our hearts as the port where we ran our first trip from in 2002. We have made some great discoveries together over the years but the interest in the overnight trips has been waning for some time. We’re going to give this one last chance but expect that this will be the end of summer overnight trips out of this port for us.  Hopefully, we can get enough for a last go. – UPDATE – the trip sold out and had a waitlist of 7 people! So, we will do it again in 2020!!  Keep up the momentum and let’s continue this journey of discovery on the open seas together for years to come. 10/1/19 -PAG

Brooklyn NY: September 21-22, 2019

Sailed Successfully! The usual suspects spotted, see eBird list for details.

Changed to a 22 hour trip for $250

We have enough to sail! NOW – 5 spaces open!  Due to the incredibly smooth forecast Paul is willing to put 3 additional people onboard besides the 2 spots that are already open. Whoo Hoo Epic trip here we come!

Boat: Brooklyn VI (100 ft.)
Depart/Return: 9:00 PM Sat – approx:7:00 PM Sun
Dock directions/details

Cost: $250

This is now a 22 hour trip!

Our weekend forecast is now after the Hurricane and we may be lucky enough to pick up a few “hurricane birds”.  The forecast is currently at departure 3 ft seas and dropping.  Due to the great weather forecasted we are willing to add a few more last minute spaces since the forecast looks like it’s going to be nice.  And it is so nice Anita is planning to join us.  We all know she has very good luck and can be called “Domino” based on the character from Deadpool 2. If she’s going, you better believe it’s going to be a nice ride.

This time of year should still provide the same species we see in the summer as we’ve had Black-capped Petrel as late as October and there are multiple records of White-faced Storm-Petrel for September. The time of year gives us an increased chance for all 3 species of jaeger, terns, potentially greater numbers of Leach’s Storm-Petrel, and it could even be a good time of year to pick up a Sabine’s Gull.


Pt. Pleasant, NJ: Sat, Aug 17 – Sun, Aug 18, 2019

Trip SOLDOUT!  Sailed Successfully! 3 White-faced Storm Petrels! Whoo Hoo!

Boat: Voyager (100 ft.)

Depart/Return: 8:30 AM Sat – approx 5:00 PM Sun

Cost: $335

The BIG Trip!

As we announced earlier this year we have found a boat that is properly set up to allow us to run a 32-hour trip in reasonable comfort. The boat has bunks, a galley, spacious aisles along the rail below, and a great upper deck. The captain and crew are highly experienced in handling long overnight trips and run overnight fishing trips on a regular basis.

The length of this trip allows us to maximize our time in deep water and explore multiple areas. We will explore on our way out, set up a chum slick which we can bird until dark, have our slick set back up pre-dawn, and bird until it’s time to come home. The amount of time this trip gives us our best chance of finding something rare and provide more chances to observe those species that are more regular.

STATE LISTING NOTE: To those interested in state listing we are NOT specifically targeting NY or NJ. We plan to visit the best water conditions along a stretch of the Continental Shelf close to 150 miles in length.


Cape May, NJ: Sun, Aug 11 – Mon, Aug 12, 2019

SOLD OUT!   SAILED SUCCESSFULLY – MEGA EPIC TRIP! 13 White-faced Storm Petrels! Whoo Hoo!

Boat: Atlantic Star (100 ft.)

Depart/Return: 10:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Cost: $215

Cape May Charter

The Buffalo Ornithological Society has reserved about 40% of the spaces for a Cape May trip. The rest is open for general signups. We will follow our normal overnight itinerary that has produced good sightings and set multiple records over the years. With the number of spaces already reserved, we suggest signing up early to ensure getting the best sleeping spaces remaining.


Brooklyn, NY: Sun, July 21 – Mon, July 22, 2019 SAILED SUCCESSFULLY!

SOLD OUT! 

Boat: Brooklyn VI (100 ft.)

Depart/Return: 9:00 PM – approx 7:00 PM

Cost: $250

We have decided to try a slightly different time of year in hopes of perhaps improving our chances at finding some of the rarer warm water species. We’ll be running our usual 22 hours to ensure we can get into and spend time in the deep waters that attract them. Now that we’ve found Fea’s and Trindade Petrels for NY it’s time to find something really rare.


PAST TRIPS 2018


Belmar, NJ 8-hour  Cancelled due to high seas!

Sat, Jan 13, 2018
Depart 8:00 AM – Return 4:00 PM
Boat: Suzie Girl
Marina: Belmar Marina -905 NJ-35, Belmar, NJ 07719 (Rt. 35/River Rd and 10th Avenue Belmar, NJ)
Cost: $125


Brooklyn, NY 14-hour CANCELLED!- Boat insurance issues.  So sorry! RESCHEDULED to Feb 4! Due to Weather! Sold out again just waiting for 6 people to respond that were signed-up originally. 

Sat, Jan 20, 2018  SUNDAY FEB 4, 2018 – CANCELLED!
Depart 5:30 AM – Return 7:30 PM
Boat: Brooklyn VI
Marina: 2200 Emmons Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Cost: $190


Cape May, NJ 12-hour –   Sailed Successfully!

Sat, Jan 27, 2018
Depart 6:00 AM – Return 6:00 PM
Boat: Atlantic Star
Marina: 6200 Park Blvd, Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260
Cost: $180

Species: Northern Fulmar, Dovekie, Razorbill, Common Murre, Atlantic Puffin, Glaucous, Iceland, and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwake, Red Phalarope.


PAST Trips 2017


January 14, 2017 Brooklyn, NY Pelagic (Originally scheduled for 01/07/2017)

Interesting day with Kittiwakes outnumbering Gannets!

For Ebird Lists – click here and look of this trip.


January 21, 2017 Belmar, NJ

The See Life Paulagics 8 hour trip out of Belmar, NJ on Saturday, Jan 21 had calm seas, light winds, but cloudy skies. One highlight was the number of Common Murres with several seen very well. It should be noted that not so long ago this count would have been a state high record. In 2009, we set the NJ record at just 10 birds. Several of us broke that record on a fishing trip out of Belmar in 2011 with a count of 24, only to have it broken 2 days later by birders out of Cape May on a fishing boat with a count of 26, which was then broken a week later by our regular Belmar pelagic with a count of 33! While not a record, the 21 seen on Saturday was a very respectable number for the state.

Another highlight was the mammals. This is the first time a Paulagics trip ever had two seal species and it’s always a treat to see Harbor Porpoise since their low surfacing profile normally requires pretty calms seas.

The trip found one gull that seemed to sit at the edge of “Kumlien’s” Iceland Gull and Thayer’s Gull. I’ve reviewed photos of the bird and am fairly convinced that it is a “Kumlien’s” Iceland but at the very dark end of the wingtip pattern spectrum. If you want to numb your brain on this topic, this paper is indispensable. If you look at the wingtip pattern chart this bird lands at about “p” since is shows an all white P10 (outermost primary) and no mark on P5.

http://gull-research.org/…/Identification%20and%20Variation…

Here’s the final tally for the trip:

1 Surf Scoter
4 White-winged Scoter
10 Black Scoter
18 Red-throated Loon
43 Common Loon
102 Northern Gannet
21 Common Murre
3 murre sp.
14 Razorbill
6 large alcid sp.
1 Black-legged Kittiwake
4 Bonaparte’s Gull
92 Herring Gull
1 Kumlien’s/Thayer’s Gull
54 Great Black-backed Gull

1 Gray Seal
1 Harbor Seal
2 Harbor Porpoise
20 Common Dolphin
2 Fin Whale

-PAG


February 4, 2017 Cape May, NJ Pelagic Sailed successfully!

For Ebird Lists – click here and look for this trip.


June 2-3, 2017 Lewes, DE Pelagic Cancelled due to lack of participation/interest.


June 4-5, 2017  Brooklyn, NY Pelagic Cancelled due to weather.


Results of Aug 13-14, 2017  Cape May, NJ Pelagic

Despite cool water (in the mid-70s) and no Gulf Stream eddies or temperature breaks we had a very nice day. The morning storm-petrel flock produced the now expect Band-rumped and a few Leach’s Storm-Petrels along with some of the common shearwaters. The real show of the day was provided by the marine mammals. We had Striped Dolphins multiple times in the deep water, only the 3rd time I’ve ever seen them. We also had some beaked whales that weren’t close enough to ID. As we moved inshore we had bow riding Common Dolphins and at the shelf edge we had Pilot Whales all over the place! I also managed to rack up a “pelagic lifer”, seeing my first offshore Pied-billed Grebe that was probably 60 miles or so from land.

Here are the counts for the day:

Wilson’s Storm-Petrel- 460
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel- 17
Leach’ Storm-Petrel- 3
Great Shearwater- 11
Cory’s Shearwater- 3
Manx Shearwater- 2
shearwater sp.- 5
Red-necked Phalarope- 3
phalarope sp.- 4
Common Tern- 1
Black Tern- 1
Pied-billed Grebe- 1
Least Sandpiper- 2

Monarch Butterfly- 4
Loggerhead Sea Turtle- 6
Mahi Mahi- 1 (caught)
Flying Fish sp.- 6
Striped Dolphin- 80-100
mesoplodon beaked whale sp.- 4
Common Dolphin- 60-80
Pilot Whale- ~250

For Ebird Lists – click here and look for this trip.


August 19-20, 2017 Lewes, DE Pelagic  Sailed Successfully

For Ebird Lists – click here and look for this trip.


August 26-27, 2017  Brooklyn, NY Pelagic Sailed Successfully

For Ebird Lists – click here and look for this trip.


PAST TRIPS 2016


August 28-29, 2016 Brooklyn, NY Overnight 22-hour ($250) Sailed Successfully

Sailed! Super Successful Magic Pelagic! (Anita’s Words)

Highlights: 2 White-faced Storm Petrels we observed for about 15 minutes each! One was in serious molt with secondaries missing.  Black-capped Petrels, Leach’s Storm Petrels, Lots of Band-rumped Storm Petrels, Cory’s, Great, Audubon’s Shearwaters, Striped Dolphins, Spotted Dolphins, Pilot Whales, a Hammerhead Shark, Squid, a Mystery tube shaped Jellyfish-like sea creature that was really cool  – look at Doug’s photos here:  (also check out someone else’s encounter with a similar oddity here ) Portuguese Man-o-war and probably more that I’ve forgotten!

For Ebird Lists – click here and look for this trip.


August 20-21, 2016  Lewes, DE 18-hour Overnight ($225)

Sailed!  Look for the Trip Report(s) soon on Facebook and (eBird if you were on the trip!)

Highlight: Masked Booby!! a ton of Band-rumped Storm Petrels, Leach’s, and the usual suspects of Great, Cory’s and Audubon’s Shearwaters.

Departs: 10:30 PM

Returns: 4:30 PM (approximately)

Boat:  Thelma Dale IV or V

Marina: Fisherman’s Wharf, Anglers Rd, Lewes, DE

COST: $ 225

Target Species: Wilson’s, Leach’s, Band-rumped, and White-faced Storm-petrels, Cory’s, Great, Audubon’s, and Manx Shearwater, Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers, South Polar Skua, Arctic Tern, Red-necked Phalarope.


June 3-4, 2016  Friday/Saturday  Lewes, DE 18-hour Overnight ($225)  Sailed Successfully – Highlights Included: Over 100 Leach’s Storm Petrels, Atlantic Puffin, Freshly Deceased Dovekie, Pomarine Jaeger, Sooty, Cory’s, Audubon’s, and Great Shearwaters, and much more!

Departs: 10:30PM

Returns: 4:30PM (approximately)

Boat:  Thelma Dale IV or V

Marina: Fisherman’s Wharf, Anglers Rd, Lewes, DE

Cost: $225

Target Species: Wilson’s and Leach’s Storm-petrels, Cory’s, Great, Sooty, and Manx Shearwater, Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers, South Polar Skua, Arctic Tern, Red and Red-necked Phalarope.


May 28, 29, 30 – Manteo, North Carolina! Saturday, Sunday, Monday (Memorial Day) $155 each trip – Nearly SOLD OUT!  – Sailed Successfully! Trinidade Petrel on Monday, May 30


February 6, 2016   Saturday   Cape May, NJ  12-hour ($180) – Sailed Successfully! GREAT SKUA!! See eBird Links here

Mike Fritz

Mike Fritz

Departs: 6:00 AM

Returns: 6:00 PM (approximately)

Boat: the American Star

Marina: Utsch’s Marina Cape May,

1121 New Jersey 109, Cape May, NJ 08204

COST: $ 180

Target Species: Northern Fulmar, Dovekie, Razorbill, Common Murre, Atlantic Puffin, Glaucous, Iceland, and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwake, Red Phalarope.


January 9, 2016  Saturday   Brooklyn Inshore  8-hour ($130) – Sailed Successful Trip see eBird Links here!

Doug Gochfeld

Doug Gochfeld

Departs: 8:00 AM

Returns: 4:00 PM (approximately)

Boat: The Brooklyn VI

Marina: 2200 Emmons Ave.
Pier 6  Sheepshead Bay
Brooklyn, New York 11235

COST: $ 130

Target Species: Northern Fulmar, Dovekie, Razorbill, Common Murre, Atlantic Puffin, Glaucous, Iceland, and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwake, Red Phalarope.



January 16, 2016  Saturday   Lewes, DE   12-hour ($185) – CANCELLED DUE TO A HURRICANE OFF THE AZORES!

Matt Hafner

Matt Hafner

Departs: 6:00 AM

Returns: 6:00 PM (approximately)

Boat: Thelma Dale IV

Port: Fisherman’s Wharf, Anglers Rd, Lewes, DE

COST: $ 185

Target Species: Northern Fulmar, Dovekie, Razorbill, Common Murre, Atlantic Puffin, Glaucous, Iceland, and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwake, Red Phalarope.


January 23, 2016  Saturday   Brooklyn 14-hour ($190) – CANCELLED DUE TO CRAZY Nor’easter -BLIZZARD!

Sean in Action

Sean in Action

Departs: 5:00 AM

Returns: 7:00 PM (approximately)

Boat: The Brooklyn VI

Marina: 2200 Emmons Ave.
Pier 6  Sheepshead Bay
Brooklyn, New York 11235

COST: $ 190

Target Species: Northern Fulmar, Dovekie, Razorbill, Common Murre, Atlantic Puffin, Glaucous, Iceland, and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwake, Red Phalarope.


January 24, 2016  Sunday Belmar, NJ  Inshore 8-hour ($125) – 

CANCELLED DUE TO CRAZY Nor’easter -BLIZZARD!

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Departs: 8:00 AM

Returns: 4:00 PM (approximately)

Boat: Suzie Girl

Marina: Belmar Marina, Rt.35 & 10th Ave Belmar

COST: $ 125

Target Species:Northern Fulmar, Dovekie, Razorbill, Common Murre, Atlantic Puffin, Glaucous, Iceland, and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwake, Red Phalarope.


SPRING 2016

June 12-13, 2016  Sunday/Monday  Brooklyn, NY Overnight 22-hour ($250) – Rescheduled from orig. date of June 5-6 – CANCELLED

Departs: 8:00 PM

Returns: 6:00 PM (approximately)

Boat: The Brooklyn VI

Marina: 2200 Emmons Ave.
Pier 6  Sheepshead Bay
Brooklyn, New York 11235

COST: $ 250

Target Species: Wilson’s and Leach’s Storm-petrels, Cory’s, Great, Sooty, and Manx Shearwater, Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers, South Polar Skua, Arctic Tern, Red and Red-necked Phalarope.


FALL 2016

September 17-18, 2016 Cape May, NJ 18-hour Overnight ($215) – Sailed! Black-capped Petrel, WFSP, Long-tailed Jaeger, and much more…

Departs: 10:30PM

Returns: 4:30 PM (approximately)

Boat: Atlantic Star

Marina: 6200 Park Blvd., Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260

COST: $ 215

Target Birds: Wilson’s, Leach’s, Band-rumped, and White-faced Storm-petrels, Cory’s, Great, Audubon’s, and Manx Shearwater, Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers, South Polar Skua, Arctic Tern, Red-necked Phalarope.

END – 2016 =======