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2015

FLORIDA – Winter Birding in the Sunshine State   January 7th – 21st

A return to Florida – our 24th visit to the fabulous sunshine state. Our tour has 3 bases with time spent in Central Florida, on the Gulf Coast and in the south around the Everglades National Park. We usually see between 170 – 180 species of bird on this trip and these include Snail Kite, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Limpkin, Short-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, Eastern Bluebird, Bald Eagle, Burrowing Owl, Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, Painted Bunting, Whooping Crane, Reddish Egret, Wood Stork, Roseate Spoonbill, the endemic Florida Scrub Jay, Magnificent Frigatebird, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Cedar Waxwing, American Black Skimmer, Belted Kingfisher, American Purple Gallinule and Anhinga to name a few. There’s always a selection of wintering warblers too that on previous tours have included Worm eating, Wilson’s, Cape May and Swainson’s but more usual are Pine, Myrtle, Palm, Ovenbird, Black-and-White, Black-throated Green, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Northern Parula, Common Yellowthroat and Magnolia. Vireos will be seen too and will include both White-eyed and Blue-headed. We’ve also seen Yellow-throated Vireo on a few past tours.

2 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR.   

Leader on this tour is Stuart Meredith.                 
 


WADER ID WEEKEND – Ribble Estuary  Jan 23rd – 24th & Feb 21st – 22nd

Another chance to join one of our popular shorebird identification workshops based on the Fylde Coast that’s ideally situated between the Ribble Estuary and Morecambe Bay – two of the most important wetlands in the UK. Over the weekend we’ll show you how to confidently identify all those sometimes tricky non-breeding plumaged waders. We’ll consider plumage, size and shape, habitat preferences, behaviour and time of year amongst other factors as we show you that ‘winter waders’ don’t always have to remain difficult to identify. As well as the expected winter wader species we’ll also see numerous other species on this easy going weekend too.

Our weekend cost of £159pp includes overnight hotel accommodation, with breakfast and dinner, all transport and the guiding services of the tour leader and is based on a minimum of 4 / maximum of 5 bookings. Single room supplement £15.

The January weekend is now booked up. 4 places left on the February weekend.


Leader on this tour is Stuart Meredith.

 

NORFOLK & SUFFOLK   February 2nd – 8th

A great week exploring the best winter birding sites in East Anglia where we spend 4 nights in Norfolk and 2 nights in Suffolk visiting sites to include Cley NWT, Stubbs Mill, the Holkham area and Minsmere, Titchwell, Strumpshaw Fen & Buckenham Marshes RSPB reserves in search of great birds that may include Common Crane, Black Brant, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Eurasian White-fronted Goose, Egyptian Goose, Taiga Bean Goose, Spoonbill, Shorelark, Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter, Bittern, Bearded Tit, Red-necked Grebe, Crossbill, Dartford Warbler and Woodlark along with Marsh & Hen Harriers, Barn Owl, Waxwing, Bewick’s Swan, Smew, Mediterranean Gull, Twite and Black Redstart. There’s always the likelihood of scarce and rare species too and on recent tours we’ve seen Snow Goose, Ross’s Goose, Red-breasted Goose, Northern Harrier, American Wigeon, Two-barred and Parrot Crossbills and even Snowy Owl. Our November 2014 visit also produced drake Surf Scoter, 5 Rough-legged Buzzards, 2 Desert Wheatears, Little Auk, Glossy Ibis, Great Grey Shrike and great views of Otters.

Our tour cost of £895pp includes all accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, all transport from the Fylde Coast with pick ups on route and the guiding services of the tour leader. Single room supplement £120.  

4 PLACES LEFT.               

Leader on this tour is Stuart Meredith.

 

 JAMAICA   February 12th – 19th

An excellent one centre trip to the Caribbean will hopefully yield all of Jamaica’s 28 endemic species along with the 19 endemic sub species and a nice selection of Caribbean endemics too. There are also up to 24 species of lovely American Wood Warblers wintering here as well. All at a nice relaxing pace! We visit three key areas on this tour – the Green Castle Estate (where we’ll stay throughout the trip), the Blue Mountains and the John Crow Mountains as well as sites on the coast where we’ll look for White-tailed Tropicbird, Frigatebirds and Terns. The Jamaican endemics include Ring-tailed Pigeon, Yellow-billed Parrot, Black-billed Parrot, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, Jamaican Mango, Jamaican Spindalis, Jamaican Euphonia, Jamaican Vireo, Jamaican Tody, Jamaican Woodpecker, Jamaican Pewee, Jamaican Becard, Jamaican Oriole, Red-billed Streamertail, Black-billed Streamertail, Vervain Hummingbird, White-chinned Thrush, Orangequit, Arrow-headed Warbler and Yellow-shouldered Blackbird. We’ll also seek out Jamaican Blackbird, White-eyed Thrush, Jamaican Crow, Blue Mountain Vireo, Jamaican Owl, Northern Potoo and Crested Quail Dove. Other species possible include West Indian Whistling Duck, Masked Duck, Brown Booby, Yellow-breasted Crake, Caribbean Coot, Northern Jacana, White-crowned Pigeon, Zenaida Dove,        Caribbean Dove, Ruddy Quail Dove, Mangrove Cuckoo, Antillean Nighthawk, Antillean Palm Swift and Grey Kingbird.          

There is no single room supplement payable on this tour.                                                                   

Leader on this tour is Stuart Meredith plus local guide. 

3 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR.

 

MED FRANCE – the Camargue, Les Alpilles & Le Baux  February 24th – March 3rd

A nice mid winter break with just the one hotel base in the south of France with a good variety of habitats and birds. We’ll stay close to Arles ideally situated for easy access to the superb wetland that is the Camargue. We visit a number of sites on this easy going tour and these will include various areas in the Camargue, Les Alpilles, Les Baux, La Crau and Mont Ventoux. Amongst the wide range of species that we can expect to see on this trip are Greater Flamingo, Moustached Warbler, Slender-billed Gull, Penduline Tit, Little Bustard, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Southern Grey Shrike, Calandra Lark, Bonelli’s Eagle, Blue Rock Thrush, Alpine Accentor, Firecrest, Serin, Zitting Cisticola, Common Crane, Sardinian Warbler, Red-crested Pochard, Crag Martin, Crested Tit, Cirl Bunting, Citril Finch, Red Kite, Dartford Warbler and Wallcreeper with the possibility of Spotted Eagle, Snowfinch, Pine Bunting and Eagle Owl too.

Leaders on this tour are Stuart Meredith / Tony Disley and local guide.

NOW FULLY BOOKED UP.

 

SLIMBRIDGE & GLOS    March 7th – 8th

This weekend visit to Gloucestershire will hopefully produce Eurasian White-fronted Geese amongst numerous other species of wildfowl at Slimbridge, Bewick’s Swan, Kingfisher, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Black Redstart, Red-crested Pochard, Goshawk, Crossbill, Hawfinch and Smew along with a good selection of other desirable species including waders. We’ll visit numerous sites that as well as Slimbridge WWT may include the Forest of Dean and  the Cotswold Water Park.

Our weekend cost of £195pp includes all transport from the Fylde Coast with pick ups on route, accommodation with breakfasts and dinners and the guiding services of the tour leader. Single room supplement £15. Not included is entry into Slimbridge WWT for any non-members.

 

NORTH WALES   March 14th – 15th

A weekend in North Wales will target great birds to include Black Grouse, Goshawk, Chough, Hawfinch, Dartford Warbler, Red Kite, Great Northern & Red-throated Divers, Surf Scoter (small group wintering), Purple Sandpiper, Greenshank, Kingfisher, Goosander and Slavonian Grebe amongst numerous other excellent species.

Our weekend cost of £175 includes accommodation with breakfast and dinner, all transport from the Fylde Coast with pick ups on route and the guiding services of the tour leader.  Single room supplement £15.

 

MOROCCO – Deserts, Coasts and Mountains    March 21st – April 2nd

A return to Morocco in North West Africa will yield some of the most sought after species in the Western Palearctic that will hopefully include Marbled Duck, Lanner Falcon, Crowned Sandgrouse, Spotted Sandgrouse, Cream-coloured Courser, White-crowned Black Wheatear, Red-rumped Wheatear, Mahgreb Wheatear, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Bar-tailed Lark, Trumpeter Finch, Desert Grey Shrike, Brown-necked Raven, Western Desert Sparrow, Western Desert Warbler, Laughing Dove, Pharaoh Eagle Owl, Blue-cheeked Bee Eater, Levaillant’s Green Woodpecker, Moussier’s Redstart, Tristram’s Warbler, Blue-eyed Magpie, Seebohm’s Wheatear, Crimson-winged Finch, Dupont’s Lark, Fulvous Babbler, Northern Bald Ibis, Barbary Partridge, Egyptian Nightjar, Houbara Bustard, Black-crowned Tchagra, Thick-billed Lark,    Great Spotted Cuckoo and Thekla Lark along with Ruddy Shelduck, Long-legged Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Black Kite, Spectacled Warbler, Alpine Chough, Alpine Accentor and Audouin’s Gull.

There is no single room supplement payable on this tour.                                                                            

Leader on this tour is Tony Disley plus local guide.

                                                                                                        

TEXAS COAST – Spring Migration & The Lower Rio Grande Valley   April 8th – 22nd

This great trip sees us spending time at the migration hotspot of High Island, in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and on the coast around Aransas where there are some excellent birding sites. As well as an array of superb American wood warblers we’ll enjoy numerous shorebirds, herons and egrets, raptors, wildfowl, vireos, orioles, woodpeckers and some sought after passerines. Amongst the species we’ll hope for on this excellent bird packed tour are American White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Neotropic Cormorant, Least Bittern, American Bittern, Wilson’s Phalarope, Roseate Spoonbill, Green Kingfisher, Anhinga, Ringed Kingfisher, Reddish Egret, White-tailed Kite, Snowy Plover, Upland Sandpiper, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Willet, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Least Grebe, Elf Owl, Pauraque, Inca Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Verdin, Black-throated Sparrow, Great Kiskadee, Grey Hawk, Whooping Crane, Clapper Rail, King Rail, Virginia Rail, Altamira Oriole, Audubon’s Oriole, Plain Chachalaca, Bronzed Cowbird, Olive Sparrow, Black Phoebe and a wide range of shorebirds, herons and egrets plus up to 25+ species of fabulous wood warblers with gems such as Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, Kentucky, Hooded, Black & White, Northern & Louisiana Waterthrushes, Northern Parula and Worm-eating all likely. Our 2014 tour saw 29 species of warbler including Townsend’s Warbler (extreme rarity in Texas) and  Canada Warbler.

2 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR.                                                                                                                 

Leader on this tour is Stuart Meredith. 

                                                                                                                                              

SPEYSIDE, MULL & IONA  April 27th – May 3rd

A fabulous trip that takes in the best of Speyside as well as Mull and Iona. We’ll spend 4 nights in Speyside and 2 nights on Mull which will allow us to spend time in search of an array of great birds that’ll hopefully include White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Corncrake, Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, Red-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Crested Tit, Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Ptarmigan, Ring Ouzel, Red Kite, Scottish Crossbill and perhaps Dotterel along with a chance of Surf Scoter, Velvet Scoter and King Eider as well as Peregrine Falcon, Long-tailed Duck, Black Guillemot, Woodcock, Common Scoter, Tree Pipit and Dipper. Mammals could include Pine Marten, Red Squirrel, Otter, Badger, Mountain Hare and Bottle-nosed Dolphin.

Our tour cost of £895pp includes all accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, all transport by road, sea crossings between Oban and Mull and Mull and Iona, an evening visit to a floodlit hide for mammals  and the guiding services of the tour leader and is based on a minimum of 4 / maximum of 5 bookings. Single room supplement £75.                                                                   

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR.                                                                                                                  

Leader on this tour is Stuart Meredith.                                                                                              

 

LESVOS  May 2nd – 9th

Another return to the fabulous Aegean island of Lesvos will coincide with spring migration that’ll hopefully be in full swing. This great bird packed tour has one hotel base and we’ll be situated in Anaxos ideally situated to visit the best sites that’ll include Sigri, the Ipsolou Monastery, the Napi Valley, ‘Derbyshire,’the Kalloni Salt Pans, the East River, the West River, the Potamia Valley and the Inland Lake amongst them. Amongst the species that we’ll hope to find will be Kruper’s Nuthatch, Scops Owl, Cinereous Bunting, Masked Shrike, Roller, Ruppell’s Warbler, Orphean Warbler, Rock Nuthatch, Lesser Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon, Eleanora’s Falcon, Sombre Tit, Isabelline Wheatear, Collared Pratincole, Little Crake, Little Bittern, Long-legged Buzzard, Olive-tree Warbler, Levant Sparrowhawk, Black-headed Bunting, Lesser Grey Shrike, Short-toed Eagle, Rufous Bush Robin as well as Golden Oriole,  Bee-eater, Greater Flamingo, Black-eared Wheatear, Isabelline Wheatear, Red-rumped Swallow and Hoopoe. There’ll be waders too such as Avocet, Temminck’s and Little Stints and Curlew Sandpipers and on previous tours we’ve also seen Spur-winged Plover, Great Snipe and Red-necked Phalarope. Our 2014 tour enjoyed a Pallas’s Warbler and we’ve also seen White-throated Robin on a couple of previous tours.

2 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR.                                                                                                                 

Leader on this tour is Tony Disley.

 

NW OHIO & MICHIGAN USA – Magee Marsh & Warbler Migration   May 6th – 19th   

We can’t wait to return to Ohio & Michigan after our fabulous spring 2014 tour where we saw 30 different species of multicoloured American Warbler that included superb views of the rare and localised Kirtland’s Warbler, Blackburnian, Prothonotary, Cape May, Bay-breasted, Golden-winged, Chestnut-sided, Mourning, Magnolia, Canada, Blackpoll and Black-throated Blue Warblers along with American Redstart, Kentucky, Hooded, Black-and-White, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson’s, Northern Parula, Nashville and Tennessee Warblers. There’s much more than just warblers on this tour with other highlights being displaying American Woodcock, nesting Bald Eagles, Trumpeter Swan, 6 species of Vireo, 6 species of Thrush, Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Eastern Screech Owl, Song, Grasshopper and Vesper Sparrows, Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches, Northern Flicker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Purple Finch, House Finch, Cliff Swallow, Chimney Swift, Upland Sandpiper, Bobolink, Brewer’s Blackbird, Black-capped Chickadee and Hairy Woodpecker. We spend 9 nights near Toledo in Ohio and 3 nights near Tawas in Michigan with the last night on board the aircraft home.

2 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR.                                                                                                                                        

Leader on this tour is Stuart Meredith.                        

                                                                                                                             

THE CARPATHIAN BASIN – Hungary, Slovakia, Romania   May 11th – 22nd

This great 12 day / 11 night bird packed tour will tour will take in the very best of the Carpathian Basin visiting the Zemplen Hills and the Hortobagy NP in Hungary, the Erc Mountains in Slovakia and the Hargita Mountains, Bekas Gorge, Elesd Resevoir and Szekelyko Mountain in the Transylvania region of Romania. We can expect in excess of 200 species of birds on this tour with a good chance of White-backed, Three-toed, Syrian, Middle Spotted, Black and Grey-headed Woodpeckers, Ural, Eagle, Tengmalm’s and Pygmy Owls, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Saker, Wallcreeper, Great Bustard, Corncrake, Moustached Warbler, River Warbler, Ferruginous Duck, Bluethroat, Roller, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Pygmy Cormorant, Nutcracker, Hazel Grouse, Honey Buzzard, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Lesser Grey Shrike, Crag Martin and Red-rumped Swallow amongst many others. There’ll also be a good chance of European Brown Bear too.

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR.

There’ll be our excellent Hungary based guide on this tour with 7 or less bookings plus  a RBT guide with 8 or more bookings. There are a couple of long drives on this trip.

 

NORTHERN ISLES – Shetland, Fair Isle, Orkney, Mull & Iona   May 20th – June 4th

This great trip takes in Speyside, mainland Shetland, Fair Isle, Fetlar, Mousa, Orkney, Mull and Iona and will target a long list of great birds that may include Osprey, Crested Tit, Slavonian Grebe, Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Scottish Crossbill, Golden Eagle, Ring Ouzel, White-tailed Eagle, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Red-throated Diver, Corncrake, Black Guillemot, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Red-necked Phalarope and Storm Petrel along with a sprinkling of scarcities and rarities that on recent trips have included King Eider, Surf Scoter, Black Stork, Lesser Scaup, Laughing Gull, Nightjar, Serin, Golden Oriole, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Rustic Bunting, Red-backed Shrike and Common Rosefinch. There’ll be mammals too and we can expect Pine Marten, Otter, Badger and Red Squirrel amongst them.

Our tour cost of £1,895 includes transport from the Fylde Coast with pick ups on route, all sea crossings between Aberdeen and Lerwick, mainland Shetland to Fetlar, Lerwick to Kirkwall, Orkney to Scrabster, Oban to Mull, Mull to Iona, flights from Tingwall to Fair Isle (or boat if flight unavailable), all accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, boat trip to Mousa to see Storm Petrels, evening visit to a floodlit hide to see Badgers and Pine Marten and the services of the tour leader. Single room supplement £200.

Leader on this tour is Stuart Meredith.

 

FINLAND & ARCTIC NORWAY   May 26th – June 9th

This exceptional birding tour takes in the best of Finland and Arctic Norway with a prodigious array of fabulous birds. Our tour takes us through beautiful forests and lakes and into the high arctic and along the way we can expect to find Tengmalm’s, Eagle, Great Grey, Hawk, Ural and Pygmy Owls, Three-toed, Grey-headed and Black Woodpeckers, Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse, Thrush Nightingale, River Warbler, Common Rosefinch, Smew, Jack Snipe, Black-throated Diver, Ruff in breeding plumage, Rough-legged Buzzard, White-tailed Eagle, Red-necked Phalarope, Arctic Redpoll, Waxwing, Bluethroat, Siberian Tit, Siberian Jay, Red-throated Pipit, Pine Grosbeak, Brünnich's Guillemot, White-billed Diver, Steller’s Eider, King Eider, Long-tailed Skua, Lapland Bunting, Red-flanked Bluetail, Parrot Crossbill, Greenish Warbler, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Common Crane, Rustic Bunting, Gyrfalcon, Dotterel and Ptarmigan.

6 PLACES AVAILABLE ON THIS TOUR.

There’ll be our excellent Finnish guide only on this tour with 7 or less bookings plus a RBT guide with 8 or more bookings.

 

WESTERN CANADA – BRITISH COLUMBIA  June 9th – 23rd

An excellent fortnight in British Columbia where we spend time in Vancouver, Penticton, Merritt, Nanaimo, Tofino and Victoria birding at great sites such as Stanley Park and Manning Provincial Park in Vancouver, Okanagan, Buttertubs Marsh, the Morrell Sanctuary, the Saanich Peninsula, Boundary Bay and the George C Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. We’ll also have a pelagic trip out of Tofino from which we’ll have a very good chance of Orca and other whales as well as seals and sealions with an outside chance of Wolf and Black Bear too. Birds that we’ll be hoping to see on the tour will include Pelagic Cormorant, Cinnamon Teal, Harlequin Duck,  Bald Eagle, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Ruffed Grouse, Sooty Grouse, Black Oystercatcher, Long-billed Curlew, Wilson’s Snipe, Heerman’s Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Band-tailed Pigeon, Vaux’s Swift, White-throated Swift, Black Swift, Anna’s Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Steller’s Jay, Gray Jay, Clarke’s Nutcracker, Violet Green Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Dipper, Mountain Bluebird, Varied Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Townsend’s Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Spotted Towhee, Lark Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Bullock’s Oriole and Cassin’s Finch. Mammals may include Black Bear, Elk, Beaver, River Otter, Coyote, Hoary Marmot, Steller’s Sealion and Orca as well as other cetaceans and if we’re extremely lucky Wolf.

Leaders on this tour are Stuart Meredith and Jon Carter plus local guides.

2 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR.

 

 PERU – Cloud Forest, Atalaya, Manu & Mountains  August 24th – September 13th

A magnificent 3 week tour to Southern and Central Peru where we’ll visit the best birding areas in the Cloud Forest, the Amazon Rainforest, the High Andes and the Pacific Coast. Amongst the numerous sites that we’ll visit are Huacarpy Lakes, Macchu Picchu, the Urubamba Gorge, Abra Malaga, the Ajcanacu Pass, the Manu Biosphere, the Madre de Dios river, the Blanquillo Macaw Lick, the Lomas de Lachay, La Oroya  and Lago Junin and we’ll also have a full day pelagic out of Lima’s port of Callao. The huge list of birds that we’ll see is almost endless and will include numerous Peruvian endemic species.The list may include White-winged Grebe, Many-coloured Rush Tyrant, Bearded Mountaineer, Giant Hummingbird, Cinerous Harrier, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Inca Wren, Parodi’s Hemispingus, Puna Thistletail, Andean Ibis,           Unstreaked Tit Tyrant, numerous different Tanagers, Cuzco Brush Finch, Ash-breasted Tit Tyrant, Royal Cinclodes, Giant Conebill, Junin Canastero, Chestnut-breasted Mountain Finch, Andean Hillstar, Andean Flicker, Chuiguanco Thrush, Andean Condor, Gray breasted Mountain Toucan, Rufous-webbed Brilliant, Golden-headed Quetzal, Scaled Antpitta, Andean Cock of the Rock, Lyre-tailed Nightjar, Andean Potoo, Pied Lapwing, Collared Plover, Fasciated Tiger Heron, numerous Macaws and Parrots, Puna Grebe, Peruvian Sheartail, up to 5 different Albatross species, Swallow-tailed Gull, Blackish Oystercatcher, Peruvian Pelican, Humboldt Penguin, Diademed Sandpiper – Plover, Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Inca Tern and much, much more. There’ll also be a number of mammals to be seen throughout the this wildlife experience of a lifetime.

7 PLACES AVAILABLE ON THIS TOUR.

The standard of accommodation will range from excellent through to good on this tour and will include one night in a tented camp with portable toilet facilities. The tents are 4 person tents which will be used by 2 people unless you are booked as a single person when you will have a tent to yourself. There are early starts to the day on this tour and some long days in the field. This is to make the most of the periods in the day when the birds are most active and easier to find.

 

EAST YORKSHIRE COAST – Autumn Migration  September 19th & 20th

A weekend on the Yorkshire coast where we’re likely to visit sites such as Spurn and Flamborough as well as take a boat trip out of Bridlington in search of seabirds including Skuas and Shearwaters. It’s a great time for scarcities and rarities and we can expect species such as Common Rosefinch, Wryneck, Barred Warbler Red-backed Shrike along with a number of more desirable species to turn up should the weather systems be favourable.

The weekend cost of £219pp includes all transport, accommodation with breakfast and dinner, boat trip out of Bridlington and the guiding services of the tour leader.  Single room supplement £15.

                                                                                                                    

SHETLAND & FAIR ISLE – Autumn Migration   September 21st – 30th

We recommend very early booking for this tour as accommodation on Fair Isle is very limited at this time of year as are flights We’ll spend 3 nights on Fair Isle, 4 nights on mainland Shetland and 2 nights at sea on this excellent trip which should produce a good selection of scarcities and rarities that we’d hope may include gems such as Siberian Rubythroat, Red-flanked Bluetail, Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler, Lanceolated Warbler and Pechora Pipit. However, nothing is guaranteed and what we see during our visit will be down to the prevailing weather systems at the time. Regular species on recent visits have included Barred Warbler, Citrine Wagtail, Little Bunting, Bluethroat, Isabelline Shrike, Yellow-browed Warbler, Common Rosefinch, Pallid Harrier,  Rose-coloured Starling, Lapland Bunting and we’ve also seen Surf Scoter, Alpine Swift, Lesser Grey Shrike, Black-headed Bunting, Coues’s Arctic Redpoll and King Eider.

Our tour cost of £1,295 includes all transport by road and sea, all accommodation with breakfasts and dinners (plus lunches on Fair Isle), return flights from Tingwall to Fair Isle (or boat if flights cancelled) and the guiding services of the tour leader. Single room supplement £150.

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR.

 

ISLES OF SCILLY  October 5th – 12th

A great week on the gorgeous Scilly Isles 30 miles or so off the tip of Cornwall will hopefully produce a good selection of scarce and rare species for us to enjoy. Normal for Scilly at this time are birds such as Firecrest, Short-toed Lark, Wryneck, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Yellow-browed Warbler, Richards Pipit, Tawny Pipit, Dotterel, Lapland Bunting, Barred Warbler, Jack Snipe and  Snow Bunting but we’ll be hoping for a few rarer species too. On recent trips these have included Blyth’s Pipit, Arctic Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, American Robin, Cream-coloured Courser, Black Duck, Red-eyed Vireo, Northern Parula, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Radde’s Warbler and Blue Rock Thrush.                                                

Our tour cost is £979 and includes all accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, all transport by road from the Fylde Coast to Land's End with pick ups on route, return flights from Lands End to St Mary’s (boat available if preferred), 2 inter island boat trips and the guiding services of the tour leader. Single room supplement £90.

                                                                                                                   

AUSTRALIA – East Coast & Tasmania  October 17th – November 4th

Our sixth tour ‘down under’ sees us birding along the east coast and on Tasmania visiting fabulous sites such as the  Lamington National Park, the Great Barrier Reef, the Blue Mountains and the Atherton Tablelands and we’ll also have a superb pelagic trip out of Wollongong for Albatrosses and other seabirds. There’s so much more to Australia than birds and we’ll make efforts to find the iconic mammals such as Koala, Platypus, a range of Wallabies and Kangaroos, Echidna and hopefully some Cetaceans too. The long list of birds should include Laughing and Blue-winged Kookaburras, Regent, Satin, Golden and Great Bowerbirds, Rainbow Lorikeet, King Parrot, a number of Honeyeaters, Australian Bustard, numerous seabirds, numerous shorebirds, Tawny and Papuan Frogmouths, Shrike Thrushes, Whistlers, Flycatchers, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Southern Cassowary, Kingfishers, Albert’s and Superb Lyrebird, various doves and pigeons, owls, finches, an array of wildfowl, Noisy Pitta, Pardalotes, Fairy-wrens, Brolga, Sarus Crane, Wattlebirds and Grebes. We’d expect in excess of 300 species of birds on this tour with a high percentage of them being endemic to Australia.

 

MULL & ISLAY  November 9th – 15th

Exceptional winter birding on this 2 island trip to the Western Isles. We spend 3 nights on Mull and 3 nights on Islay. On Mull our main avian interest will be provided by White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Great Northern Diver, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Duck and Black Guillemot with a very good chance of Otter too. On Islay there’ll thousands of Geese with huge flocks of Barnacles, Greenland White-fronts, Pink-feet, both Dark-bellied  and Pale-bellied Brents, Great Northern, Black-throated and Red-throated Divers, seaduck such as Long-tailed Duck, Scaup and Scoters, raptors such as Hen Harriers and maybe White-tailed eagle, Chough, Twite, Whooper Swans and maybe with luck some White-winged Gulls. If we are fortunate there could be a rare goose or two in the flocks and over our last few visits these species have included Red-breasted, Snow, Ross’s and Richardson’s and Cackling Canada Geese.

Our tour cost of £835 includes all accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, all transport by road, return sea crossings from the mainland to Mull and to Islay and the guiding services of the tour leader.  Single room supplement £90.

                                                                                                                                                 

NEW MEXICO & SOUTHERN TEXAS   November 25th – December 9th

We start this great trip by visiting the fabulous Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico where up to 14,000 Sandhill Cranes spend the winter along with up to 30,000 Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese. Other species here will be Cackling Goose, Canvasback, Gambel’s Quail, Clark’s Grebe, Aplomado Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Greater Roadrunner,  Say’s Phoebe, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Western Screech Owl, Red-naped Sapsucker, Western Scrub Jay, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, Western Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird, Crissal Thrasher, Green-tailed Towhee and Rufous-crowned Sparrow.We then head to Southern Texas where we’ll target Green Jay, Altamira Oriole, Plain Chachalaca, Olive Sparrow, Verdin, Chiahuahuan Raven, Great Kiskadee, Black-throated Sparrow, Greater Roadrunner, Least Grebe, Crested Caracara, Ringed and Green Kingfishers and Lark Bunting amongst many other species. We then head north to the superb Aransas NWR area where the highlight will be the world’s only wintering flock of truly wild Whooping Cranes that winter here and only here. To get the best views we’ll take a boat trip to see these great birds. The trip ends with a couple of days spent on the coast to the west of Houston where we’ll visit Anahuac NWR and the Bolivar Peninsula where we’ll enjoy an array of shorebirds, wildfowl, raptors, herons, egrets and passerines such as Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Bald Eagle, American Avocet,     Black bellied Whistling Duck, Reddish Egret, White-faced Ibis, Western Sandpiper, Least Bittern, Roseate Spoonbill, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, American Bittern and more Snow Geese and Greenland White-fronted Geese.

 

COSTA RICA – Central American Birding at it’s Best  November 26th – December 12th

An excellent 2 week tour to Costa Rica in Central America where we’ll spend time at the La Selva Biological Station, the Savegre Mountain Hotel, the Cerro Lodge, the Arenal Observatory Lodge and the Heliconias Lodge with single nights at the beginning and the end of the tour in the Bougainvilla Hotel in San Jose and the Buena Vista Hotel. 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.

There are some early starts on this tour and some long days in the field. This is to make the most of the periods when the birds are most active in the tropics and sub tropics.

 

 

Our tour list for 2016 and beyond is currently being finalised and will include trips to  New Mexico & Southern Texas, Tanzania, the Texas Coast & Lower Rio Grande Valley, Ohio & Michigan, Alaska, British Columbia, The Gambia, South Africa, Florida,  Bulgaria in Spring, Lesvos, Morocco, India, Hungary in Autumn, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea amongst others as well as a selection of UK destinations.




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