More About 2023 Norwalk Harbor Bird Watching Tour

Norwalk Islands - Bird Watching Tour

Sun, sea breeze and beautiful wildlife make a perfect combination and that's just what the Norwalk Seaport Association offers up in its bird-watching tour.

This trip departs from the Seaport Dock adjacent to the Stroffolino Bridge at 4 North Water Street at the corner of Washington and Water streets in South Norwalk. The 45-foot C. J. Toth catamaran will take participants on an up close, two and a half hour cruise of the Norwalk Islands.

You will visit a variety of birds at a safe distance, nest sites and nesting colonies of Ospreys, Egrets, American Oystercatchers, Herons, Terns, Gulls, Cormorants and many more.

Every trip is a different experience with nature providing all the excitement!

Passengers on this eco-styled guided bird cruise are being led by birding enthusiast, James Leone, who has been birding for six-plus years. Leone is extremely knowledgeable about the identification status and distribution of birds in Connecticut and, specifically in Long Island Sound. "I am looking forward to helping people spot as many birds as they can and sharing my knowledge about their habitat, needs, and importance to the eco-system. I have identified 330 species of birds in Connecticut, and 300 birds in Fairfield County alone," says Leone. It is exciting to be out on the water this time of year because you never know what will fly by - which makes every cruise different and exciting at the same time," Leone added. In addition to birding in Connecticut, Leone has birded in Thailand and Costa Rica as well as all over the United States, spotting more than 1,200 birds. He has attended the prestigious birding program at Arizona's Camp Chiricahua, where he developed a greater understanding of birds and their habitat, which he will be sharing with the lucky passengers on this cruise.

A special highlight of this cruise is the chance to spot birds at the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge on Sheffield Island. Because of the shape of the boat, you can really get close to the shoreline. Here you will see a variety of habitats that support nesting and wading birds. This spot is known for its small population of herring and great black-backed gulls that nest along Sheffield Island's rocky shoreline.

When making reservations, leave contact information that will be available for day of trip. It is important to provide an email during registration. If this event is cancelled due to inclement weather, we will contact you VIA EMAIL.

Ticketing fees applied to all reservations.

Tickets cannot be changed or refunded unless there is a weather cancellation.

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Date & Time

June 18, 2023
8:00am - 10:30am


Norwalk Seaport Dock
4 N Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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