Testimonials for The Bird Guide, Inc.'s pelagic birding trips
Thanks so much for the wonderful trip today! I think I have 15 new species- my best day ever since I started in 1969. This is my first pelagic trip. I moved here from Illinois three years ago. I really appreciate all the advance work you do.
Thanks for the checklists and most of all a great trip. I had a great
time and appreciate you putting it together.
Thanks again Greg. I had a great time with 8 new life species. Your planned spring and fall deep water trips sound exciting. I donít know if I can make both of them, but I will be watching your website for information.
Thanks for another excellent trip, the terrific guides, and the good looks at the sea birds.
Thanks again for an awesome trip! I had such a great time on my first ocean birding adventure :)
Thanks for sharing the eBird lists too.
Super trip. Thank you Greg and thanks to all of the leaders you had on board. You have a terrific combination of skilled help on these trips.
Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the trip. The guides were all fantastic and you could never beat the weather in October. I have never been on a pelagic trip before and feel I chose the right one to start.... Overall I added 14 birds to my lifetime list and learned a lot about them.
I wanted to say Thank You to Russ, Tom, and yourself for making the August 25 pelagic out of Charleston a real success. Despite rough seas and early morning fog, you folks worked very well with the Captain of the Betty Kay to minimize the effects of the rough seas, and got us great looks at many super seabirds. From the large Black-footed Albatrosses to the tiny Fork-tailed Storm-petrels you and your fellow guides did a great job getting as many of us on the birds as you could, and keeping us on the birds as long as possible. It was a great experience for me.
Thank you for another very successful pelagic outing. The sight of that glorious Laysan Albatross made the whole trip worthwhile. Your guides and the boat's crew also were tops. You have done so much for Oregon birding.
I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful birding trip...I also wanted to thank Joe who was my "personal" guide as I stood in the bow of the boat between him and David. He spent so much time explaining to me how to distinguish between some of the different birds and their different flight patterns and markings. When I would forget he would patiently explain everything again.
Carol and I sure enjoyed the trip today. You and the other guide were great. We saw many life birds on this, our first pelagic trip. Thanks so much.
I very much enjoyed the trip. The captain did a great job dealing with difficult seas--of course, since I don't get seasick, that's easy for me to say; others might not agree! I really appreciate that you had so many guides; and that all of them were so knowledgeable and helpful. I will definitely recommend your trip to my friends.
Bev and I wanted to express our appreciation for your efforts in organizing the Sept 10 pelagic trip. It was truly amazing to experience those rare and unique birds. Despite the fact that I spent quite a while closely focused on the wake of the boat, we both thought is was a memorable trip. As you might guess, we donít have many pelagic birds in the desert and Bev added 21 birds to her life list. We hope to see you again on another pelagic trip.
Thank you, Greg, for a wonderful trip. It is the first of its kind that Eli and I have been on, and we really enjoyed it: the birds, the open ocean, the sky, the whales, the company of birdwatchers...and we didn't get seasick which was a big plus! I will be savoring the experience for days, I know. Probably more! I am thinking about the geometry of birds: how you recognize shapes and angles and motions of curves from far away. I love this! I keep imagining the necklines of loons and cormorants and the wing angles of shearwaters, and the bulk of fulmars. I'm glad we got to hear the murres and chicks--most of the pelagic birds seem pretty taciturn. I suppose with hours of flying alone, you get used to quiet... I have to admit, too, that I have always wanted to witness breaching whales. I didn't really expect I ever would. These were so beyond my imaginings! HUGE cavorting.
Despite my best efforts, I got very sea sick on the trip. I think that I
"chummed" for 4 out of the 5 hours. Being very careful about what I ate in
the previous 24 hours, the sea band, ginger, rice cakes, and positive
thinking didn't help at all. But I'm writing not to complain, but to tell
you how helpful the guides were. I didn't have a chance to talk with Tom,
but Russ, Tim, and Shawneen were great. They not only identified the birds,
but explained what to look for and shared information about the birds. In
addition, Russ did all he could to help me with my seasickness by getting
things for me from the cabin when I couldn't move and even sharing his own
supplies. You couldn't control the seas and my stomach, but the things that
you could influence couldn't have been better. Maybe in a few years I'll
even try another pelagic trip. Thanks for organizing a good trip.
We went on the pelagic trip this morning and would like to say thanks.
Even though I got a little sick - we both had a great time. It was
definitely worth it and really great to see some of the birds you never
have a chance to see from the shore.
Jim and I had a GREAT trip with you...9 Lifers for us.... We loved all our time in Oregon... Your trip was the best palagic ever because of so many birds of each species...All the leaders and other birders were so very helpful.
Thanks for this report Greg. I had a wonderful time. The guides were
tremendous. This was my first trip to the Northwest for birding so I
added 26 species on the pelagic trip and another 8 on Sunday. Thanks so
Thanks Greg! What a great trip. Have been wanting to join you for a while now. Didn't realize a Manx had been seen!!! Maybe I will get one next time. I did manage 5 lifers and added SP Skua to my North American list. All your guides were awesome by the way... and besides a little seasickness, Jennifer and I had a great time. Thanks again!!
Thanks for putting such a great trip together! This was my first pelagic trip and you really got us out to see the birds! Of course the other sea life was great too. The guides did a wonderful job of pointing out the different birds and answering all our questions. I'm hooked - I'll be signing up for another trip in the future!
Great trip, and you guys were the best, calling out things so loudly
and helping everyone. Beside getting my lifer Manx Shearwater
(David, you were awesome ) on this trip, I talked to some
out-of-staters who were very impressed with how your trip was
run, the guides efforts, the organization to keep on birds etc. New
Yorkers, Kentuckians etc were happy and said it was a great trip.
Also our brand new Bend birder got TWENTY lifers on Saturday
and was just thrilled.
Just let the ECBC know when you need anything promoted! we
are your fans!
I would like to talke this opportunity to say thank you for the recent pelagic I went on and also for the preceeding two I did earlier. When the trip is over I am in general so tiered and stiff I do not express the graditude for the trip that is deserved. In addition to seeing a number of new birds out there, I also enjoyed watching you and others being able to identify the birds at such distance and while they were flying. It was a pleasure to try to do it myself and while I think I got a bit of the hang of it I still consider myself a good way from being proficient. Nevertheless I think I was able to spot and id a few fulmars etc on my own. I also enjoyed being with a group that had expertise and energy to be totally envolved. Thanks again for making it possible.
Sharon and I would again like to say thank you, to
you, Tim, and the rest of the crew for a wonderful trip. The water's
were rough, from a physical standpoint it was harsh to say the least,
from a birding perspective it was awesome. Sharon and I would not
hesitate to go on another pelagic trip with you or the crew. Please
keep us informed on others you may be contemplating. Hell, It only 3,000
miles to Pacific coast.
Thank you Greg for running such a great pelagic trip! Your trip leaders are
really on top of the birds. Tim Shelmerdine not only is the
good birder but has the great voice and can be heard round the boat-no need
for a pa sysyem. I know central Oregon birders enjoy a nice smooth pelagic
trip weekend to break up the everyday life on the high desert!
Always a pleasure birding with you.
A belated "thanks" for the trip summary and also for leading such a fun
trip. This was at least my 9th pelagic venture.
Thanks for another excellent pelagic trip. This is my third or forth with you and the last two were more or less perfect weather so I guess I was due for some ďfunĒ :=)
I wanted to take a second and say thank you for your help and knowledge on the pelagic trip. Its always fun to be around knowledgable people while birding. I totalled 25 lifers for the trip, and was able to obtain 10 more before I arrived back on the eastern side of the mountains.
All of us from Idaho had a great trip. Thank you and the guides for making
it so, your approach to the situation, coupled with awesome birding, made
for a very high quality experience.
Thank you for the trip report and the photos - it is a great service and a
nice touch for you to do so!!!
We had a great time, everyone was so knowledgeable and helpful to us land birders from Arizona. Your trip gave me 5 lifers and I was pleased to get very good views of them thank to the expertise of several folks.
I wanted to send you another thanks for a truly amazing trip. After driving all nigt from Idaho and catching only 1 fitful hour of sleep I was able to get 18 lifers on saturday and 1 on sunday. I will definately not make this my last trip.
I have no photos, but I've got great memories. This was the best actual
guided pelagic I've taken. (I've had a lot of fun on a few ferry rides...) I
appreciated the friendly crew, the varied route, and the light touch of the
I want to thank you and the rest of the crew for a wonderful trip out on the Misty in Newport. The trip was enjoyable and rewarding and I appreciated your efforts and ease of coordinating the information with a group of that size. Also, the list and accompanying photos were especially nice and well received by all. Thanks again for the professionalism and concerns for the needs of all on board.
I enjoyed our trip to Perpetua Bank so much - not only the birds,
but the camaraderie and the excitement of the chase. Yes, I came back
with 10 additions to my Life List.... Troy and Tim were just terrific in helping with the bird IDs, and I liked the way you pointed out distinguishing characteristics while
the birds were at hand....It literally was the trip of a lifetime for me, and I always will be grateful for the opportunity it provided. THANK YOU for making it all possible.
Have you thought about raising your rates? Debi Shearwater charges more for her Bodega Bay and Fort Bragg trips. Your trip was better! Your leaders were excellent - both calling the sightings and making sure we got on them. Also I felt that each of you really cared that we had a great trip. I was so very impressed with all of you!!!
On the Utah birding list:
Just a note to let you know how much I enjoyed your
trip on March 18th. Your expertise and thoroughness
was very apparent.
I didn't get a chance to thank you for all the birding tips you gave me and the sightings you made. I was in a hurry because I wanted a better look at the Rock Sandpiper. I left and went straight to the south jetty and 5 minutes before the sun went down I had a perfect view from 10 feet! On the boat trip I had 3 life birds and 3 life mammals and learned a lot. From the jetty I watched the sun set and saw the most brilliant green flash I have ever seen. A perfect ending to a perfect day.
We enjoyed the trip greatly! Steve's energy and enthusiasm were remarkable,
and the captain's ability to get us out birding even on rocky seas were
appreciated. We were impressed by the variety and numbers of birds even on
such a short trip. I'm pleased to see you'll continue to offer trips at the
Shorebird Festival. We hope to be able to join you next year!
You did a super job on putting the boat trip together - your the best!!
Thanks ever so much for making the trip possible. And I want to thank you
also for telling me several times over the years I need to one of your
trips - it finally worked and I enjoyed every minute and would do it again.
This is just a short note to say how much we enjoyed the Pelagic trip out of
Charleston this last Saturday! Please put us on your emailing list so that
we might take advantage of another trip as our schedule permits.
It was a most enjoyable trip;... it was the best pelagic I have ever been on.
Thank you... for a great pelagic trip. I think you run the trip very well from beginning to end and keep us well informed.... I also feel that you do the best job of describing the characteristics of the birds and showing us how to identify different species.
Thank you for the post trip service - a comprehensive report on top of a very enjoyable trip was a GREAT bonus.... The organization and professional way all of you covered so many bases was really impressive, and it was a pleasure to meet you and your team of sea bird wizzes! And all that, before I even mention the wealth of oceanic wildlife you led us to!...to have found that processor ship trailing its huge wake of birds was truly a birder's dream - one I shan't forget. Thank you very much for a memorable day!
THANK YOU !! P. and I had the best time. The birds were awesome and the leaders on the trip were enthusiastic, kind, and very courteous.
What a great Albatross day!!!!!! I can' t tell you how many trips I have taken hoping for Laysan and then to get the bonus Short-tailed was just incredible. Thanks for putting the trips together.... Tim was great, full of energy, helping people and good with announcements. Tom Snetsinger was... full of knowledge.
Thanks so much for the trip report! Your thorough and prompt report is another example of how well organized and executed your operation is. I really enjoyed the trip and was delighted to get such great lifers, the Laysan Albatross and South Polar Skua. You and Matt and Tom were very helpful...Our group hopes to make a trip... to join you on your pelagic trip an annual event.
Thanks again for what must surely have been a world class pelagic trip. I did enjoy it tremendously.
Thanks for the great trip. You guys are a real pleasure. I sent my daughter the trip list and told her to take your trip.
Thanks for the trip report, and THANK YOU!!!!! for a great trip! We had a blast! Great birds! Great weather! Great guides!
We want to thank you again for the wonderful ocean trip we took with you. We greatly appreciate your knowledge of the birds, and your care for your clients.
L. and I had a wonderful time yesterday. I tallied 10 lifers.... It was a beautiful day, and you were a great guide.
It was a fabulous trip, and we'll never forget the magnificent Laysan Albatross. We feel exuberant. [We] were very impressed by the help on this pelagic trip... we were able to spot and learn so much more. The level of enthusiasm... was so glorious, and puts your pelagic trip on top of any we've ever taken.
What an amazing adventure last Saturday was! Thank you so much. I had an incredible time. It was worth the heaving!