Bald Eagles, Rhinoceros Auklets, Black Oyster Catchers, Harlequin Ducks, Marbled Murrelets, and rare Tufted Puffins are just some of the species we can see in our region. While we search for birds we will also watch for sea lions, orcas, porpoises, seals and other wildlife that inhabit the San Juans. Our bird watching tours are perfect for birders and photographers – novices and experts alike. Our small boats with no more than 6 to 12 passengers ensure that you will have plenty of one-on-one time with your Naturalist and Captain to make sure you don’t miss anything!
Our Salish Sea Birdwatching Tour explores the less-traveled waters of the northern edge of the San Juan Islands. We depart and search in birding hot spots in open water for Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, and rare Tufted Puffins as well as along remote coastlines for shorebirds like Black Turnstones, Sandpipers, and Black Oystercatchers. After searching for birds in open water we then head back to take a break at one of the islands for a brief hike to search for shorebirds and forest passerines. Birds are here year round, but different birds are prevalent at different times of the year. May to August is best for nesting Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Black Oystercatchers, Pigeon Guillemots, and a chance for Tufted Puffins. November to March is best for overwintering Buffleheads, Long-tailed Ducks, Surf Scoters. The fall and spring are best for birds on migration including Black Turnstones, Red-necked Phalaropes, Brant geese, and much more.
These trips are private charters. Please call our office to book.
We depart and head for Sucia Island. On the way in open waters we search for Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres, Surf Scoters, Tufted Puffins, and more. Once at Sucia Island we circumnavigate the island exploring the many inlets and coves accessible only by small boat to keep an eye out for Harlequin Ducks, Black Oystercatchers, nesting Peregrine Falcons, Pigeon Guillemots, and Bald Eagles, as well as the many other shore birds and forest passerines on this small remote island.
Enjoy a private tour searching for bird life throughout the San Juan Islands. On our custom trips we can depart from our home port on Orcas Island or we can pick you up from other islands in the San Juans such as Lopez Island, San Juan Island or Lummi Island. We can even pick you up from mainland locations such as Bellingham or Anacortes. We can view birds from the water and get out to explore looking for birds on remote islands. The cost of these tours is on an hourly basis. Please refer to our Custom Charter page for hourly rates or contact us by phone or email for a quote and to customize your trip.