Captain Mark and Mindy are the pioneers of Tree Swallow watching!
For the past 17 years they have brought individuals and groups on intimate cruises aboard RiverQuest to a special spot on the Connecticut River where 100’s of thousands of Tree Swallows gather. After spending the day miles away, the swallows return each night to sleep in the reeds. They gather at sunset and perform aerial ballets forming an amazing display of art, coordination and cooperation!
Over the years Captain Mark has found the best way to maneuver RiverQuest, to allow perfect views from their open decks. Both vessel’s flexible seating ensures everyone gets optimal “up close and personal” viewing.
Enjoy the entire evening! We will spend 3 to 3.5 hours on the water aboard RiverQuest.
The cruise is primarily about the Tree Swallows, however, it is also about the journey….there is so much to see while cruising along the river. Many birds are migrating through the area at this time; for the fall season, we have seen a record number of Bald Eagles and Great Egrets in past years. On board Naturalist(s), will educate you on the Tree Swallow phenomenon and all the other wildlife we see. On the return cruise home, there is time to chat with others and experience the river at twilight, blending into night.
Don’t forget your camera.
This is a small group experience that is unique each sailing. Mark, Mindy and crew promise a great evening for all to enjoy the Tree Swallow show and this special time on the pristine Connecticut River!