Connecticut River: some of the region’s best birdwatching!

Whether you are a birdwatcher or not, the Connecticut River has many rare species of birds as well as common birds (Tree Swallows) that offer us the opportunity to see nature at its best! 

September through October: Tree Swallows - gathering every evening at sunset!

Bring your binoculars, cameras and tripods as well as warm clothing and maybe something hot to drink!

The Tree Swallow: As the sun sets over the Connecticut River, as many as 300,000
 Tree Swallows gather on the wing in one huge, tightly choreographed flock! With dusk at hand, the aerobatic flock now shaped like a tornado swoops down into the tall reeds. It takes but 15 seconds for the 300,000 birds to vanish into the marsh and remain until dawn.
Join the Islander on a leisurely cruise along the lower Connecticut River before  sunset and sunset sunset and experience the tree swallow vortex on our own CT River.

Boat leaves the dock one hour before sunset and will return after the viewing.

Nightly trips up the CT River for Tree Swallows:
Islander I: 42 foot Bertram, up to SIX passengers: 
Islander V: 40 foot Blackwatch, up to SIX passengers: 

For immediate reservations please call Captain Wayne at 203-376-1753 

The American Bald Eagle: Bald eagles and golden eagles are known to visit the warmer waters of the river to feed. They migrate south from more northern states and Canada. The eagles gather at the mouth of the river (where the river meets the ocean) or Long Island Sound, where the water’s warmer and full of fish so they have ample food to eat. The largest concentration of winter eagles' nests in  the northeast region are right here in our own back yards in the towns of Chester, Deep River, East Haddam, Essex, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook.

In August several nests were spotted near to the Essex Museum where bird watchers gather wherever they can along the river to see these spectacular and once near extinct birds nesting! Trips are arranged around sightings in the fall into winter. Please call to inquire @ 203-376-1753

54 Ferry Rd
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

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Contact Information

Islander Sport Fishing Charters

54 Ferry Rd
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Captain Wayne Goldsmith
Cell: 203-376-1753