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NORFOLK & SUFFOLK November 2nd – 6th
A 5 day trip to East Anglia where we’ll visit great birding sites in search of birds such as Common Crane, Dartford Warbler, Bittern, Bearded Tit, Cetti’s Warbler, Marsh & Hen Harrier, Dark bellied Brent, Eurasian White fronted, Egyptian, Barnacle and Bean Geese, Snow Bunting, Shore Lark, Twite, Long tailed Duck, Spotted Redshank, Spoonbill and Short eared Owl. Scarcer species are always likely here and on recent winter visits we’ve enjoyed fabulous views of Surf Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Red necked Grebe, Rough legged Buzzard, Snow Goose, Ross’s Goose, American Wigeon, Northern Harrier, Little Auk, Desert Wheatear, Glossy Ibis, Black Brant and Great Grey Shrike amongst others.
Our tour cost of £665pp includes all accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, all transport from the Fylde with pick ups en route and the guiding services of the tour leader. Single room supplement £60.

YORKSHIRE COAST November 7th – 8th
A weekend visit to the Yorkshire coast where we’ll sites such as Flamborough Head, Filey, Spurn and Hornsea Mere in search of the best of the birds that are about at the time. There’ll certainly be wildfowl and the DB Brent Goose flocks may hold a Black Brant, raptors should include Merlin, Peregrine and both Hen & Marsh Harriers, shorebirds will feature Purple Sandpiper and there’ll also be divers, seaduck and grebes offshore and scarcer species could include Smew, Waxwing, Great Grey Shrike, Snow Bunting or even Shorelark. However, none of these are guaranteed !
Our weekend cost of £219pp includes overnight accommodation with breakfast and dinner, all transport from the Fylde Coast with pick ups possible en route and the guiding services of the tour leader. Single supplement £15. 3 places left.

MEDITERRANEAN FRANCE - Camargue, La Crau, Les Alpilles November 11th – 18th
A great, easy going week in the south of France where we’ll see an excellent array of birds that should include Wallcreeper, Eagle Owl, Alpine Accentor, Little Bustard, Moustached Warbler, Slender billed Gull, Pin tailed Sandgrouse, Spotted Eagle, Southern Grey Shrike, Blue Rock Thrush, Greater Flamingo, Common Crane, Penduline Tit, Purple Gallinule, Crested Tit, Red crested Pochard, Woodlark, Crested Lark, Rock Bunting, Richard’s Pipit, Crag Martin, Bonelli’s Eagle, Glossy Ibis, Cirl Bunting and Fan tailed Warbler along with Firecrest, Serin, Sardinian Warbler, Red Kite, Kingfisher, Black Redstart, Marsh & Hen Harriers, Bearded Tit, Great White, Cattle & Little Egret and Cetti’s Warbler. We’ll spend time visiting sites in the fabulous wetlands of the Camargue, the plains of La Crau and the hills of Les Alpilles. 1 place left on this tour.

We’ll be at the NW Bird Fair for the weekend as usual. Our stand will be in the exhibition room which is the first room to the left as you enter the concourse at Martin Mere. You’ll be able to ask about any of our 2016 tours which include Florida, Mediterranean France, Morocco, Texas, Ohio & Michigan, Lesbos, Bulgaria, Estonia, Shetland & Fair Isle, British Columbia, Alaska, Australia, The Gambia, New Mexico & Sth Texas, Hungary, South East China and Peru as well as a selection of tours around the British Isles. Free mugs, winter hats and caps while stocks last !!!!!!

COSTA RICA – Central American Birding at it’s Best November 26th – December 11th
An excellent 16 day tour to Costa Rica in Central America where we’ll spend time at the La Selva Biological Station, the Hotel de Campo, the Celeste Mountain Lodge, the Cerro Lodge and the Suenos del Bosque Lodge with single nights at the beginning and the end of the tour in the Bougainvilla Hotel in San Jose. Costa Rica is one of the best birding destinations in the world and although only the size of Wales it boasts an avifauna of 878 different species of 75 seperate families in habitats as diverse as highland and lowland forests, subalpine rain paramos, rocky and slow flowing rivers, lagoons, mangroves, marshes, forest swamps, seashore, rice fields and coffee plantations. Amongst the 300 or so species we’d hope to encounter will be Crested Guan, White whiskered Puffbird, Emerald Toucanet, Amazon Kingfisher, Long tailed Silky Flycatcher, Flame throated Warbler, Fiery billed Aracari, Magnificent Hummingbird, Slaty throated Redstart, Cocoa Woodcreeper, Volcano Junco, Buffy Tuftedcheek, Great Green Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Cinnamon Becard, Lesser Greenlet, Volcano Hummingbird, Black throated Trogon, Blue crowned Motmot, numerous different Tanagers, Tropical Gnatcatcher, Fasciated Antshrike, Black Hawk Eagle and King Vulture. A high percentage of the species that we’ll see on this tour are Costa Rican endemics. 2 places left on this tour.

VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC, CANADA November 24th – December 2nd
A superb 9 day visit to British Columbia where we spend 6 nights on Vancouver Island and a couple of nights in Vancouver itself. In Vancouver we visit the famous Stanley Park and the exceptional winter birding site of the George C Reifel migratory bird reserve. On ‘the island’ we visit numerous excellent sites and will also take a boat trip to see Orca.
The list of possible birds to see on this trip is impressive and includes Varied Thrush, Steller’s Jay, Snowy Owl, Bald Eagle, Trumpeter Swan, Anna’s Hummingbird, Black headed Grosbeak, Thayer’s Gull, Rock Sandpiper, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Black Oystercatcher, Brant, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Harlequin Duck, Surf, Black and White winged Scoters, Yellow billed Loon, Pelagic & Brandt’s Cormorants, Glaucous winged Gull, Chestnut backed Chickadee, Belted Kingfisher, Western Gull, California Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Rhinoceros Auklet, Marbled Murrelet, Bufflehead, Sooty Grouse, American Dipper, Canvasback, Fox Sparrow, Golden crowned Sparrow and Western Grebe amongst numerous other species. 3 places left on this tour.

If you’re not sure how to identify those tricky winter waders then this could be the weekend for you !! Based on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire we’re ideally situated between the Ribble Estuary and Morecambe Bay to visit numerous sites that hold good numbers of non breeding plumaged winter waders. We’ll show you how to confidently separate Dunlin, Sanderling & Knot, Redshank, Greenshank & Spotted Redshank, Grey & Golden Plovers, Black tailed & Bar tailed Godwits, Ringed Plover & Little ringed Plover, Curlew & Whimbrel, Purple Sandpiper and all the other shorebirds that you may encounter on a UK coast in winter. We should also see a number of other species throughout the weekend such as raptors and owls and anything out of the ordinary that happens to be around at the time. These have included Shore Lark, Great Grey Shrike, Red throated Diver, Twite and Snow Bunting on recent wader identification weekends.
Our weekend cost of £159 includes good overnight accommodation with breakfast and dinner, lunches on both days, all weekend guiding by the tour leader, all transport throughout the weekend and a Wader Identification Weekend print out for you to take away with you at the end of the course. Single room supplement £10. Maximum of 5 on this weekend.



Florida USA – Winter Birding in the Sunshine State January 6th – 20th
A return to the sunshine state will be our 25th visit. A great time to escape a cold, dark UK winter. This 3 centre tour will yield between 160 – 170 species that should include Bald Eagle, Snail Kite, Belted Kingfisher, Red cockaded Woodpecker, Wood Stork, Florida Scrub Jay, Great horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Painted Bunting, American Bittern, Eastern Bluebird, Crested Caracara, Barred Owl, Reddish Egret, Magnificent Frigatebird, Snowy Plover, Wilson’s Plover, American Oystercatcher, Limpkin, Short tailed Hawk, Ruby throated Hummingbird, Scissor tailed Flycatcher and a selection of warblers such as Prairie, Black & White, Yellow throated, Pine, Black throated Green, Yellow rumped, Palm, Northern Parula, Northern Waterthrush and American Redstart. Mammals seen on this trip usually include WI Manatee, BN Dolphin, Racoon and River Otter.
2 places left on this tour.

Mediterranean France - Winter Wallcreepers February 3rd – 10th
On this week long visit to the south of France we’ll visit exceptional birding areas that’ll include the world renowned Camargue, sites around the Les Alpilles and also the plains of La Crau. Our target species includes Wallcreeper ( 3 seen on last years trip ), Alpine Accentor, Eagle Owl, Greater Flamingo, Little Bustard, Pin tailed Sandgrouse, Blue Rock Thrush, Moustached Warbler, Slender billed Gull, Penduline Tit, Southern Grey Shrike, Snow Finch, Common Crane, Crag Martin, Purple Gallinule, Red crested Pochard, Crested Tit, Firecrest, Rock Bunting, and Bonelli’s Eagle along with more familiar Bittern, Bearded Tit, Firecrest, Sardinian Warbler, Serin, Woodlark, Cattle Egret, Mediterranean Gull, Red Kite, Richard’s Pipit, Glossy Ibis, Kingfisher and Cirl Bunting.

Northern India & the foothills of Western Himilayas February 11th – 27th
A 16 day bird and wildlife packed tour that visits Rhanthambore National Park, Bund Baretha, the Chambal River, Sattal, the Kumaon Himilaya, Pangot and the Corbett National Park. Our last tour here recorded 374 species of birds along with 17 mammals that included amazing views of Tiger and Asian Elephant and we’ll of course visit the Taj Mahal along the way.
The endless avian highlights on this tour will hopefully include Indian Skimmer, Sarus Crane, Wallcreeper, Indian Courser, Siberian and Himilayan Rubythroats, Painted Sandgrouse, Sand Lark, White tailed Lapwing, Great Thick Knee, Bearded Vulture, Koklass and Cheer Pheasants, Ibisbill, Collared Falconet, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, 17 or so species of Woodpecker, numerous species of countless raptors, 3 species of Forktail, many different warblers, Tesias, Accentors and so much more.

North Wales March 8th – 10th
3 days / nights on the North Wales coast where our target species will include Goshawk, Hawfinch, Black Grouse, Dartford Warbler, Snow Bunting, Slavonian Grebe, Chough and Purple Sandpiper and divers with a chance of Lesser spotted Woodpecker and both Velvet and Surf Scoters amongst the large flocks of Common Scoters.

Morocco March 9th – 23rd
Morocco in North Africa has some of the best birding in the Western Palearctic region with a long list of sought after species of bird that are very difficult to see elsewhere. On this excellent tour we visit great sites to include the Sous Estuary, Oukaimedan, the Tamri Estuary, the Ourika Valley, the Tagdilt Track, the Barrage Al Mansour, Asni, Rissani, the Zeida Plain and Merzouga and we’ll hope to see an array of birds that may include Cream coloured Courser, Crowned Sandgrouse, Spotted Sandgrouse, Black bellied Sandgrouse, Houbara Bustard, Bald Ibis, Dupont’s Lark, Lanner Falcon, Marbled Duck, White crowned Black Wheatear, Red rumped Wheatear, Desert Wheatear, Mahgreb Wheatear, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Bar tailed Lark, Trumpeter Finch, Desert Grey Shrike, Western Desert Sparrow, Western Desert Warbler, Tristram’s Warbler, Levaillant’s Woodpecker, Pharoah Eagle Owl, Black crowned Tchagra, Crimson winged Finch, Fulvous Babbler, Egyptian Nightjar, Moussier’s Redstart, Blue eyed Magpie, Great spotted Cuckoo, Barbary Partridge and with luck Blue cheeked Bee Eater.

Speyside & Mull March 14th – 21st
We’ll spend 4 nights in Speyside and 3 nights on Mull in search of some of the most sought after species to be found in the UK in early spring.
These will include Great Northern, Black throated and Red throated Divers, Capercaillie, Crested Tit, Ptarmigan, Black Grouse, Slavonian Grebe, Golden Eagle, White tailed Eagle, Long tailed Duck, Hen Harrier and Scottish Crossbill with a more than reasonable chance of White billed Diver, King Eider, Surf Scoter and Velvet Scoter too.
There’s also the chance of some mammals on this tour with Pine Marten, Badger and Otter possible.

Texas Coast & Lower Rio Grande Valley April 6th – 20th
This popular 2 week tour is timed to coincide with the peak warbler migration along the south Texas coast but is also not too late in the season to see some of the lingering winter visitors. Sites that we visit will include High Island, the Bolivar Peninsula, Anahuac NWR, Bentsen SP, Aransas NWR, Santa Ana NWR, Sabal Palm, Falcon Dam SP and South Padre Island. Amongst the 260+ species that we can expect to see on this great tour there’ll be 25+ species of dazzling plumaged warblers, shorebirds galore, rails, wildfowl, raptors, wildfowl, pelicans, vireos, orioles, flycatchers, tanagers, woodpeckers, gulls and terns, thrashers, owls and hummingbirds. We should also see Whooping Crane – one of the rarest birds in the USA.

Mediterranean France – Spring
April 23rd – 30th
A spring week in the south east of France where we’ll be birding in the Camargue, Les Alpilles, La Crau and at Mont Ventoux giving us a good variety of habitats and therefore species. There’ll be a number of different species on this tour than those seen on our winter trip.
Amongst the birds that we’d hope to see will be Greater Flamingo, Purple Heron, Black Kite, Roller, Squacco Heron, Collared Pratincole, Penduline Tit, Fan tailed Warbler, Black winged Stilt, Glossy Ibis, Whiskered, Black and White winged Terns, Slender billed Gull, Hoopoe, Bee Eater, Booted Eagle, Moustached, Subalpine, Dartford and Sardinian Warblers, Alpine Swift, Crag Martin, Stone Curlew, Little Bustard, Pin tailed Sandgrouse, Calandra Lark, Citril Finch and Eagle Owl.

NW Ohio & Michigan May 4th – 18th
We spend 9 nights at Oregon near Toledo in Ohio and 4 nights in Tawas in Michigan visiting various sites to include the world famous Magee Marsh, the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Ottowa NWR, Maumee Bay SP, Metzger Marsh, Pickerel Creek, Pipe Creek, Sheldon Marsh, the Tawas Peninsula and the Pearson Metropark.
If you really want to see dazzling plumaged American Warblers in large quantities and at close quarters then this is the trip for you as we can expect to see 25 – 30 different species that could include Kirtland’s, Blackburnian, Canada, Cape May, Cerulean, Blackpoll, Prothonotary, Chestnut sided,
Wilson’s, Bay breasted, Magnolia, Black throated Blue, Black throated Green, Yellow, Black & White and hopefully Mourning and Golden winged amongst them. However, there’s much more than warblers on this tour and we should also see White breasted & Red breasted Nuthatch, Bald Eagle, Eastern Bluebird, American Woodcock, Trumpeter Swan, Bobolink, Wild Turkey, Brewer’s Blackbird, Red headed Woodpecker, Eastern Screech Owl, Upland Sandpiper, Grasshopper Sparrow, Wood Duck, American Goldfinch, Belted Kingfisher, Brown Creeper, Veery, Red eyed Vireo, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow bellied Sapsucker, Dark eyed Junco, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Cliff Swallow, Hairy Woodpecker, Purple Finch and Ruffed Grouse.
2 places left on this tour ( twin / double ).

Lesvos May 7th – 14th
A great weeks birding at peak migration time on the gorgeous Greek island of Lesvos in the Aegean. This tour hasone base in the small town of Anaxos, ideally situatedto explore this magical island. Anything can, and does, turn up in spring on Lesvos and we can expect a surprise or two amongst the more usual fare of Bee Eaters, Hoopoe, Roller, Red footed Falcon, Golden Oriole, Cinerous Bunting, Masked Shrike, Kruper’s Nuthatch, Ruppell’s Warbler, Orphean Warbler, Lesser Kestrel, Sombre Tit, Rock Nuthatch, Little Bittern, Little Crake, Eleanora’s Falcon, Isabelline Wheatear, Greater Flamingo, Collared Pratincole, Rufous Bush Robin and Red rumped Swallow. Our spring 2015 saw Demoiselle Crane !!
2 places ( twin / double ) left on this tour.

Estonia – Spring May 7th – 14th
A suberb 8 day trip to Estonia where we’ll hope to see a good number of different species with an excellent range of mammals possible too. We’ll visit numerous great birding sites that’ll include Marimetsa Bog, the Poosaspea Peninsula, Silma NR, Nova Landscape NR, Spithami, the Matsauu NP, Soometsa NR, Rannametsa NR, the Pilka Fish Ponds, the Kabli Bird Station, Nigula Bog, Tartu, the Vaike Ratte Wetland, the Ilmatsaw Fish Ponds, the Tartu Aardla Polder and the Pedra NR.
Our possible list of birds is lengthy and includes Ural, Pygmy and Ural Owls, Capercaillie, Nutcracker, Hazel Grouse, Black Grouse, Slavonian & Red necked Grebes, Penduline Tit, White tailed Eagle, Spotted and Lesser spotted Eagles, Golden Eagle, Red breasted Goose, Citrine Wagtail, Great Snipe, White backed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Black Stork, Red breasted Flycatcher, displaying Ruff, Thrush Nightingale, River Warbler, Savi’s Warbler and much, much more. Estonia has a good range of mammals and we’d hope to encounter some of them on this tour.

Eastern Poland – Bialowieza & Biebrza May 11th – 18th
An excellent week in Eastern Poland where we spend time between the fantastic Biebrza Marshes and the fabulous Bialowieza Forest visiting numerous great birding sites in both areas. There’s an impressive list of birds that are likely on this tour and these include White backed, Syrian, Black, Three toed, Grey headed and Middle spotted Woodpeckers, Great Snipe, Pygmy Owl, Bluethroat, Spotted Eagle, Lesser spotted Eagle, White tailed Eagle, Corncrake, Aquatic Warbler, River Warbler, Thrush Nightingale, Citrine Wagtail and Roller along with Sav’s Warbler, Hobby, Montagu’s Harrier, White and Black Storks, Red necked Grebe, Penduline Tit, Collared Flycatcher, Red breasted Flycatcher, Wryneck, Icterine Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Common Rosefinch, Hawfinch, Lesser spotted Woodpecker, Golden Oriole, Whiskered, White winged and Black Terns, breeding plumaged Ruff, Shrikes, Ortolan Bunting, Honey Buzzard and Common Crane amongst many other sought after species. We should see some mammals including Elk too and on previous tours have been very fortunate to see Beaver, Wolf ( twice ) and Pine Marten.

British Columbia May 21st – June 5th
A return to Western Canada for a fortnight packed with birds and mammals too. We’ll spend time on Vancouver Island and in the Okanagan visiting numerous sites to include Manning Provincial Park, Merritt, Stanley Park & the George C Reifel reserve in Vancouver and Nanaimo, Tofino, Oak Bay, Clover Point, Sooke and the Saanich Peninsula while on the island. Our tour includes 2 boat trips with Orca being the main target on one with Black Bear and possibly Wolf the targets on the other. Birds should include Varied Thrush, Steller’s Jay, Gray Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Bald Eagle, Harlequin Duck, Vaux’s Swift, Rhinoceros Auklet, Marbled Murrelet, Band tailed Pigeon, Anna’s Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Black headed Grosbeak, Bobolink, Western Tanager, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red breasted Sapsucker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Chestnut backed Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, American Dipper, Mountain Bluebird, Lark Sparrow, Cedar Waxwing, Violet Green Swallow, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Black throated Grey Warbler, Golden crowned Swallow amongst numerous other species.
4 places left on this tour.

Alaska (BC Tour Extension) June 5th – 19th
A 2 week Alaskan extension to our BC tour when we’ll visit Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula, Barrow, Nome and Denali. Accommodation and vehicle hire is in short supply in the remote parts of Alaska so early booking is appreciated.
Amongst the birds that we hope to find on this tour are Steller’s, Spectacled and King Eiders, Gyrfalcon, Snow Goose, Greater White fronted Goose, Snowy Owl, Pacific and Yellow billed Loons, numerous shorebirds such as Western, White rumped, Buff breasted, Baird’s, Semi palmated and Stilt Sandpipers, Red and Red necked Phalaropes, McKay’s Bunting, Varied Thrush, Spruce Grouse, Mountain Bluebird, Red Fox and Golden crowned Sparrows, Harlequin Duck and seabirds such as Marbled and Kittlitz’s Murrelets, Horned and Tufted Puffins, Red faced and Pelagic Cormorants, Ancient Murrelet and Cassin’s Auklet.
Mammals possible include Polar, Black and Brown Bears, Beluga, Humpback Whale, Orca, Wolf, Muskox, Moose, Sea Otter, Steller’s Sea Lion and Dall’s Porpoise.

Peru – Amazon, High Andes, Cloud Forest August 24th - September 12th
We return to Peru for another truly remarkable birding experience as we visit the Amazon Rainforest, the High Andes, Cloud Forests and the Pacific Coast. On this 20 day tour we can expect hundreds of different species if birds, many mammals, reptiles, butterflies and lots of local culture such as the Inca ruins at Macchu Picchu. Many of the birds that we’ll see are endemic to Peru and lots of others have very restricted ranges.
There’ll be numerous different Tinamou, Hummingbirds, Tanagers, Parrots and Macaws, Owls, Puffbirds, Cuckoos, Woodpeckers, Nunbirds, Woodcreepers, Toucans, Trogons, Antbirds, Antwrens, Antshrikes, Foliage Gleaners, Herons, Waders and Terns.
We’d hope that these would include Andean Cock of the Rock, Zigzag Heron, Sunbittern, Hoatzin, Jabiru, Many coloured Rush Tyrant, Giant Hummingbird, Royal Cinclodes, Andean Hillstar, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Highland Motmot, Golden headed Quetzal, Deep blue Flowerpiercer, Lyre tailed Nightjar, Military Macaw, Blue headed Macaw, Golden tailed Sapphire, Common Potoo, Fasciated Tiger Heron, White eyed, Cobalt winged and Dusky cheeked Parrotlets, Ornate Antwren, Purus Jacamar, Cream coloured Woodpecker, Collared Puffbird amongst many, many more species.

Estonia – Birds & Mammals September 18th – 25th
A great autumn visit to Estonia where we’ll enjoy a good number of birds as well as spending time in search of the numerous different mammals to be found in the country. Sites that we’ll visit will include the Nona Reserve, Spithami, Haversi, Silma NR, Haapsalu, Marimetsa, Matsalu National Park, Lahemaa National Park and the Bear Hide at Alutaguse. Mammals by their nature are elusive animals at the best of times but we’ll hope to see Elk, Beaver, Ringed Seal, Brown Bear, Wolf, European Mink, Racoon Dog, Wild Boar, Northern & Pond Bats and Flying Squirrel amongst them with a slim chance of Lynx too. Any specific species is not guaranteed !!
There’s some very good birding on this trip too and our target species will include Tengmalm’s Owl, Pygmy Owl, Ural Owl, Black Grouse, Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse, Red necked Grebe, Common Crane, Penduline Tit, Great Grey Shrike, Lesser spotted Eagle, Spotted Eagle, White tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, White backed Woodpecker, Three toed Woodpecker, Grey headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker and lots of wildfowl that could include Red breasted Geese.

Shetland & Fair Isle – Autumn Migation September 19th – 29th
An 11 day visit to the Northern Isles at peak migration time is sure to yield an excellent list of scarce and rarer species of birds as we spend time on mainland Shetland and on Fair Isle. Of course exact species cannot be guaranteed but our visit coincides with peak time for the Fair Isle specilaities of Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler, Lanceolated Warbler and Pechora Pipit and on our recent autumn Shetland tours we’ve also seen Isabelline Shrike, Alpine Swift, Lesser Grey Shrike, Pallid Harrier, Citrine Wagtail, Surf Scoter, King Eider, Coue’s Arctic Redpoll, River Warbler,
Black headed Bunting, Little Bunting, Buff breasted Sandpiper along with the more ‘usual’ Hawfinch, Barred and Icterine Warblers, dozens of Yellow browed Warblers, Red backed Shrikes galore, Wrynecks, Rose coloured Starlings, numerous Common Rosefinch and Lapland Buntings.
4 places left on this tour ( 2 twins / doubles ).

Isles of Scilly October 3rd – 10th
Another week in the gorgeous Isles of Scilly some 28 miles off the tip of the Cornish mainland at just the right time to expect a healthy list of scarce migrants and rarities from east and west. Normal on Scilly at this time of year are birds such as Yellow browed Warbler, Wryneck, Firecrest, Red breasted Flycatcher, Richard’s Pipit, Short toed Lark, Corncrake, Lapland Bunting and Jack Snipe with recent rarities including Black eared Wheatear, Black & White Warbler, Radde’s Warbler, Sora, Black Duck, Red eyed Vireo, Rustic Bunting, Yellow billed Cuckoo, Scarlet Tanager, Siberian Thrush, Rose breasted Grosbeak, Eye browed Thrush, Blackpoll Warbler, Blyth’s Pipit, Short toed Eagle, Northern Parula, Common Nighthawk, Cream coloured Courser and Solitary Sandpiper. Who knows what will turn up this autumn ?

Hungary – Hortobagy & Zemplen Hills October 12th – 19th
A bird packed week long trip to the Hortobagy Plain and the Zemplen Hills of Hungary will produce great birding with sought after species such as Saker, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Great Bustard, Pygmy Cormorant, Ferruginous Duck, Long legged Buzzard, White backed Woodpecker, Grey headed Woodpecker, Syrian Woodpecker, Penduline Tit, Lesser spotted Eagle, Ural Owl and huge flocks of Common Crane amongst them with Hawfinch, Dotterel, Lesser spotted Woodpecker, Great Grey Shrike, Crested Lark, Harriers, numerous species of wildfowl that could, with luck, include Lesser White fronted Goose and Red breasted Goose, large Long eared Owl roosts, and both Penduline and Bearded Tits plus much more providing the supporting cast.

South East China – Shanghai & Beijing October 25th – November 9th
A fascinating birding trip to SE China where we’ll spend 3 days birding in the Beijing area and then 12 days in the Shanghai area. Among the numerous sites that we visit will be Rudong, Poyang Lake NNR, Yangcheng NNR, Poyanghu and Lake Difhui.
Our target species will include shorebirds such as Spoon billed Sandpiper, Nordmann’s Greenshank, Great Knot, Terek Sandpiper, Far Eastern Curlew, Long billed Plover, Red necked Stint, Greater Painted Snipe and Broad billed Sandpiper. There’ll be wildfowl too with Falcated Duck, Eastern Spot billed Duck, Mandarin, Baikal Teal and Baer’s Pochard amongst them. We’ll hope for Hooded, Siberian, White naped and Red crowned Cranes with numerous other highlights likely to include great birds such as Oriental Stork, Swinhoe’s Crake, Black faced Spoonbill, Vega Gull, Saunder’s Gull, Red billed Blue Magpie, Ochre rumped Bunting, Vinous throated Parrotbill, Plumbeous Redstart, Mugimaki Flycatcher, Chestnut eared Bunting and Elegant Bunting.

Australia – the East Coast & Tasmania October 26th – November 16th
A 22 day visit ‘down under’ takes us to a number of fabulous birding locations in New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania that’ll include the stunning Great Barrier Reef, the Atherton Tablelands, the Lamington National Park, the Blue Mountains, Cairns Esplanade, the Daintree River and Bruny Island.
There’ll be a very impressive number of different species on this trip of a lifetime and we’d hope to see Powerful Owl, Laughing and Blue winged Kookaburras, Albert’s Lyrebird, Superb Lyrebird, Dollarbird, Double eyed Fig Parrot, Paradise and Victoria’s Riflebirds, Noisy Pitta, King Parrot, Rainbow Bee Eater, Greater Cassowary, Tawny Frogmouth, Collared Kingfisher, Hardhead, Galah, Azure Kingfisher, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Beach and Bush Stone Curlews, Macleay’s Honeyeater, Pink eared Duck, Pacific Baza, Satin Bowerbird, Golden Bowerbird, Yellow tailed Black Cockatoo, Channel billed Cuckoo, Straw necked Ibis, Toothed and Green Catbirds, Greater Frigatebird, Spectacled Monarch, Greater Frigatebird, Lesser Frigatebird, Sooty Tern and Bridled Tern. If there are any pelagic trips out of either Sydney or Wollongong during our stay in the area we’ll look at joining them for the day. We could also possibly charter our own boat with sufficient numbers.
Australia is home to lots of unique wildlife apart from birds and we’ll hope to find numerous different Kangaroos and Wallabies, Koala, Echidna and Duck billed Platypus as well as Fruit Bats.
A 2 week New Zealand North & South Island extension to this tour is possible with 4 or more bookings.

North West Bird Fair November 19th – 20th
We’ll be at the annual event at Martin Mere WWT where you’ll be able to ask about and book on any of our forthcoming holidays and tours.

New Mexico & Southern Texas November 22nd - December 6th
Exceptional and spectacular winter birding in the USA with huge numbers of migratory Geese, Ducks, Cranes and Shorebirds along with a number of other sought after species. We spend 4 nights around the fantastic Bosque del Apache NWR near to Albuquerque in New Mexico, 4 nights in southern Texas near to the Mexican border and then 5 nights in central Texas.
The Bosque del Apache is a winter home to about 14,000 Sandhill Cranes, 30,000 Snow, Ross’s, Cackling and White fronted Geese as well as a good number of Bald Eagles. Also found here are Clark’s Grebe, Gambel’s Quail, Aplomado Falcon, Green tailed Towhee, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Say’s Phoebe, Greater Roadrunner, Black tailed Gnatcatcher, Western Screech Owl, Red naped Sapsucker, Western Scrub Jay and Crissal Thrasher.
In southern Texas we’ll look for Altamira Oriole, Olive Sparrow, Chihuahuan Raven, Green Jay, Golden fronted Woodpecker, Ringed and Green Kingfishers, Least Grebe, Crested Caracara, Pyrrhuloxia, Great Kiskadee, Plain Chachalaca, Verdin and Black throated Sparrow. In central Texas we’ll make Whooping Crane a priority and will also see thousands upon thousands of shorebirds that should include American Avocet, Long billed Curlew, Short billed Dowitcher, American Oystercatcher, Piping Plover, Wilson’s Plover, Semipalmated Plover and Willet along with good numbers of duck such as Redhead, Bufflehead, Canvasback, American Wigeon, Wood Duck, Cinnamon Teal, Blue winged Teal, Fulvous and Black bellied Whistling Ducks, Hooded Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Mottled Duck and Ring necked Duck. There’ll also be a good assortment of herons, egrets, raptors, rails and Ibis.

The Gambia November 26th – December 11th
An excellent 2 weeks birding in The Gambia in north west Africa will yield around 260 species that’ll hopefully include Egyptian Plover, Red throated Bee Eater, Swallow tailed Bee Eater, Little Bee Eater, Broad billed Roller, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Pink backed Pelican, Black headed Heron, Marabou Stork, African Pygmy Goose, Palm Nut Vulture, Western banded Snake Eagle, Gabar Goshawk, Shikra, Grey Kestrel, Martial Eagle, Red necked Falcon, Black Crake, Greater Painted Snipe, Wattled Plover, Four banded Sandgrouse, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Black billed Wood Dove, Senegal Parrot, Finfoot, Standard winged Nightjar, White faced Scops Owl, Pearl spotted Owlet, Violet Turaco, Green Turaco, Long tailed Nightjar, Blue breasted Kingfisher, Striped Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Bearded Barbet, Abyssinian Roller, Black Wood Hoopoe, Fine spotted Woodpecker, Chestnut backed Sparrow Lark, Fanti Saw Wing, Wire tailed Swallow, Grey headed Bristlebill, Snowy crowned Robin Chat, Bluethroat, Western Violet backed Sunbird and Purple Glossy Starling plus much more.
We’ll spend time in Kololi, Tendaba and Georgetown visiting sites to include the Katong Wetlands, the Abuko Forest Reserve, Tanji Beach, Basse, Bansang sand quarry, Kunkilling forest, Tu jeering, Mara Kissa, Bijilo Forest and Pirang amongst many others.

All the above holidays are now booking or taking reservations. For further details, to request an itinerary or to book on any tour please contact us at Ribble Bird Tours, 4 Sunnyhurst Avenue, Blackpool, Lancs FY4 2HP. 01253 312043 / 07954 584359 or smrbt@blueyonder.co.uk.

On the tour description for all overseas holidays where there is a flight required, there is a ground cost and a separate flight cost. The flight cost is exclusive of the ground arrangements and must be booked by yourself. As Ribble Bird Tours does not currently own it’s own ATOL this is to comply with CAA regulations.

Bookings can only be accepted with a completed Ribble Bird Tours booking form and deposit (should you cancel your holiday with us you may be liable for loss of deposit and / or cancellation charges). If for any reason your tour is cancelled or postponed by us you will be offered a full refund or a suitable alternative tour. Terms and conditions of booking are available on request and we strongly recommend that you see them before booking on any Ribble Bird Tours holiday.

All our holidays are designed for birdwatchers rather than listers and, compared to most other bird tour company trips, are at an easy going and relaxed pace. However some walking is inevitable when looking for birds and other wildlife. Our birding day generally starts at about 8am and usually ends around 6pm although sometimes it is necessary to be out and about earlier or later to see certain species and on certain tours early starts may be the norm. Please ask us or see an itinerary before booking.


Tel: 01253-312043 Mob: 07954-584359 Email: smrbt@blueyonder.co.uk
4 Sunnyhurst Avenue, Blackpool, Lancashire FY4 2HP