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Vancouver Island, British Columbia January 7th - 16th
A great 10 day visit to the west coast of Canada that will yield an excellent list of birds with some cetaceans and other sea mammals too.
We'll visit numerous sites that may include Boundary Bay, the George C Reifel Migratory Bird Centre, Beacon Hill Park, Clover Point, the Nanaimo Estuary, Cattle Point, Stanley Park, Piper's Lagoon, Buttertub's Marsh and Stanley Park.
Our avian targets will include Varied Thrush, Steller's Jay, Snowy Owl, Rough legged Hawk, American Dipper, Snow Goose, Cackling Goose, various Canada Geese, Surfbird, Rock Sandpiper, Black Turnstone, Golden crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Red breasted Sapsucker, Western Grebe, Evening Grosbeak, Bald Eagle, Ancient Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Anna's Hummingbird and a selection of ducks and gulls amongst many other species. There's a chance of Orca and Humpbacked Whale too as well as Steller's and California Sea Lion and Sea Otter and on last year's trip we also saw Elephant Seal.
2 + places left on this tour

Wallcreeper Weekend, Mediterranean France January 20th - 23rd
A 4 day long Friday to Monday trip to the south of France where we are almost guaranteed to see Wallcreeper along with a number of other great birds to include Greater Flamingo, Little Bustard, Alpine Accentor, Southern Grey Shrike, Short toed Treecreeper, Crag Martin, Rock Bunting, Firecrest, Crested Tit, Sardinian Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Eagle Owl, Fan tailed Warbler, White Stork, Slender billed Gull, Blue Rock Thrush, Common Crane and many more species.
In over a dozen winter visits here we have never failed to see Wallcreeper !!
2 - 4 places left on this tour

Western Ireland Coast January 26th - 31st
Our March tour has been booked up for some time so we've added a second tour.
A great 6 day / 5 night tour to the west coast of Ireland where we spend 3 nights near Sligo and 2 nights near to Galway in search of an array of excellent wintering species.
We can expect a sprinkling of scarce birds on our travels and these usually include transatlantic wildfowl and gulls as well as good numbers of seaduck, divers and geese as well as Chough.
On recent trips we've enjoyed Surf Scoter, King Eider, American Wigeon, Forster's Tern, Thayer's, Ring billed, Laughing, Glaucous, Iceland, American Herring and Ring billed Gulls, Cackling Goose, Todd's Canada Goose, Ferruginous Duck, Ring necked Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye, Lesser Scaup, Green winged Teal and Smew along with the more usual flocks of Great Northern, Black throated and Red throated Divers, Long tailed Ducks, Purple Sandpipers, Chough, Hooded Crow and Brent, Barnacle and Greenland White fronted Geese.

Vietnam Endemics - South, Central & North February 4th - 28th
On this excellent 25 day 23 night tour we take in all of Vietnam paying particular attention to a good number of the endemic species found here and it's remarkable range of other species as we visit sites in the north, central and southern regions of this fabulous birding location.
We visit Cat Tien, Yok Don, Bach Ma, Phong Nha - Ke Bang and Cuc Phong National Parks, Dalat, Tam Dao, Mang Den, Dak To and Ngoc Linh on this wildlife packed tour.
Among species we'll hope to see are Germain's Peacock Pheasant, Orange necked Partridge, Blue Pitta
Blue rumped Pitta, Bar bellied Pitta, Siamese Fireback, Lesser Adjutant, Grey faced Tit Babbler, various Laughingthrushes including Golden winged which was only discovered in the 1990's, Pale Blue Flycatcher, Yellow billed Nuthatch, Black crowned Barwing, Indochinese Fulvetta, up to a dozen species of Woodpecker, Grey headed Parrotbill, Limestone Leaf Warbler, Sooty Babbler, Indochinese Wren Babbler, Northern Brown Hornbill and White tailed Flycatcher along with a selection of Parrotbills, Babblers, Thrushes, Treepies, Magpies, Bulbuls and Broadbills amongst numerous other great birds.
There'll also be a good number of mammals to enjoy on this tour too.
1 single & due to cancellation 1 double left on this tour ( discount possible )

Norfolk & Suffolk March 13th - 19th
A week in East Anglia where we visit numerous excellent birdwatching sites that'll include Titchwell, Strumpshaw Fen, Minsmere, Cantley Marshes and Frampton Marsh RSPB reserves, Cley NWT, Hickling NWT, Breydon Water, Holkham Pines and others.
There'll be up to 10 species of geese and these could include scarcer species such as Snow, Ross's or Black Brant among the DB Brents, Eurasian White fronted and Taiga Bean Geese that we can expect.
There'll be raptors such as Hen and Marsh Harriers, Merlin, Peregrine and Rough legged Buzzard and a highlight will be watching Common Cranes flying in to roost on the Norfolk Broads. It's likely that there'll be Great Grey Shrike wintering somewhere and we can also hope for Shorelark, Twite, Snow Bunting, Red necked Grebe, Velvet Scoter, Dartford Warbler, Bittern, Bearded Tit and many more great birds on this excellent tour. We have enjoyed numerous rare species on past tours.

Speyside March 27th - April 2nd
A week in Speyside where we'll visit a number of sites for the specialties to include Capercaillie, Ptarmigan, Black Grouse, Osprey, Slavonian Grebe, Black throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Red throated Diver, Crested Tit, Golden Eagle, White tailed Eagle, Snow Bunting, Ring Ouzel and Scottish Crossbill along with mammals such as Pine Marten, Badger and Red Squirrel too. Other possible birds include Waxwing, Short eared Owl and Hen Harrier. A visit to the coast will target White billed Diver, King Eider, Velvet Scoter and Surf Scoter in particular with all these species regular here in late winter.

Texas Coast April 5th - 19th
Another visit to the Lone Star State where spring warbler, raptor and shorebird migration will be in full swing with good birds along the Lower Rio Grande Valley too and a good chance of catching Whooping Crane before they depart for their Canadian breeding grounds.
We spend time at the High Island sites, Bolivar Flats, Aransas NWR, Anahuac NWR, numerous sites along the Rio Grande Valley on the Mexican border, South Padre Island and Port Aransas.
We'd expect in excess of 260 species on this tour with some of the highlights being 25+ species of dazzlingly plumaged wood warbler, Greater Roadrunner, Whooping Crane, Least Grebe, both Fulvous and Black bellied Whistling Ducks, Crested Caracara, Scissor tailed Flycatcher, numerous different shorebirds, Brown, Long billed and Curve billed Thrashers, 3 species of Kingfisher, various raptors, Green Jay, Hummingbirds, Woodpeckers and plenty more.
Discounted if booked by December 12th 2016

Extremadura, Spain April 19th - 26th
A week in of the best birding areas in Europe will hopefully yield a good list of desirable species such as Black shouldered Kite, Roller, Great and Little Bustards, Black bellied and Pin tailed Sandgrouse, Azure winged Magpie, Bee Eater, Black Wheatear, Rufous Bush Robin, Great spotted Cuckoo, Eagles to include Spanish Imperial, Short toed, Bonelli's, Golden and Booted, Western Orphean Warbler, Black, Griffon and Egyptian Vultures, Calandra, Thekla, Crested and Short toed Larks, Alpine Swift, Montagu's Harrier, Stone Curlew, Red and Black Kites, Southern Grey Shrike, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Sparrow and Eagle Owl amongst others. 2 places left on this tour

Arizona & Southern California April 20th - May 2nd
A great 2 week visit to one of the premier birding areas of the USA where we'll seek out a range of classic desert species along with a selection of birds more readily associated with Mexico and that are rarely found elsewhere in the USA.
We fly into Phoenix and drive west into Southern California where we spend a few days birding at sites such as the Joshua Tree NP, the Salton Sea and the Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
In Arizona we visit sites that'll include the Sonara Desert, Kino Springs, the Saguaro NP, Patagonia, the Madera Canyon, the Buenos Aires Wildlife Complex, the Scheelite Canyons and sites at Portal.
Amongst our target birds will be Scott's Oriole, Greater Roadrunner, Ladder backed Woodpecker, Lucy's Warbler, Gambel's Quail, Clark's Grebe, Gila Woodpecker, Crissal Thrasher, Albert's Towhee, Blue Grosbeak, Costa's Hummingbird, Cactus Wren, Black tailed Gnatcatcher, Hooded Oriole, Black throated Sparrow, Pyrrhuloxia, Verdin, Inca Dove, Curve billed Thrasher, Gilded Flicker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Broad billed Hummingbird, Bridled Titmouse, Phainopepla, Spotted Owl, Painted Redstart, Rufous crowned Sparrow, Yellow eyed Junco, Zone tailed Hawk and both Magnificent and Blue throated Hummingbirds.
Maximum 4 places left on this tour

Latvia April 27th - May 4th
A week long visit to the Baltic will produce a great weeks birding with Goshawk, Middle spotted, Three toed, White backed and Grey headed Woodpeckers, Capercaillie, Ortolan Bunting, Pygmy and Ural Owl, Spotted Crake, Little Crake, Black Stork, Hazel Grouse, Lesser spotted Eagle, Montagu's and Pallid Harriers, Great and Jack Snipe, Hoopoe, Tawny Pipit, Roller, White winged Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, Slavonian and Black necked Grebes and White tailed Eagle among the highlights. It's spring migration time so there'll be plenty more too and we'd expect 160+ species.
There'll be some mammals such as Moose, Pine Marten, Wild Boar, Beaver and Racoon Dog too.
We'll visit the Kolka Cape, the Kemeri NP, the Gipka Wetland and the Lake Lubans Wetland Complex and Fishponds amongst others.

Lesvos May 6th - 13th
We return to the Aegean for a week on the fabulous island of Lesvos where spring migration will be in full swing with great birds such as Cinerous Bunting, Cretzchmar's Bunting, Long legged Buzzard, Sombre Tit, Kruper's Nuthatch, Scops Owl, Masked Shrike, Eleanora's Falcon, Lesser Kestrel, Blue Rock Thrush, Olive Tree Warbler, Orphean Warbler and Rufous Bush Chat along with more typical species such as Bee Eater, Roller, Hoopoe, Stone Curlew and Greater Flamingo.
We have one hotel base in Anaxos on this tour.

Ohio & Michigan May 3rd - 16th
This excellent trip to the edge of the Great Lakes is timed to coincide with the peak warbler migration as thousands of these dazzlingly plumaged gems make their way north to breed in Canada.
We can expect around 30 different species and these will include Blackburnian, Black throated Blue, Cerulean, Magnolia, Cape May, Bay breasted, Yellow, Prothonotary, Black throated Green, Tennessee, Blue winged, Chestnut sided, Golden winged, Blackpoll and perhaps best of all Kirtland's Warbler. There is also a good chance of a Connecticut or a Mourning Warbler too.
There'll be plenty of other species too and these will include Sandhill Crane, Red breasted Nuthatch, White breasted Nuthatch, Bald Eagle, American Woodcock, various woodpeckers including Pileated, Downy, Hairy, Northern Flicker, Red headed and Red bellied, numerous flycatchers, tanagers, vireos, shorebirds, wildfowl and raptors galore. A superb bird packed trip.
We spend 8 nights in Oregon near Toledo in Ohio and 4 nights in Oscoda in Michigan
Sites that we visit will include the world famous Magee Marsh, Pipe Creek, Maumee Bay SP and the Pearson Metro Park in Ohio and numerous excellent sites in Michigan.
3 places left on this tour, 100 Discount if booked by December 12th 2016

British Columbia May 12th - 28th
We make a return to fabulous British Columbia in western Canada for a great variety of birds and mammals as we visit numerous sites on Vancouver Island, the Okanagan Valley and Manning.
Our potential list of around 190 species of birds includes Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, American Dipper, Varied Thrush, Clark's Nutcracker, Grey Jay, Red breasted Sapsucker, Calliope Hummingbird, Spotted Towhee, Lewis's Woodpecker, Black headed Grosbeak, Barred Owl, Say's Phoebe, Western Screech Owl, Boreal Owl, Northern Saw Whet Owl, Flammulated Owl, Northern Pygmy Owl, Great Grey Owl, Townsend's Solitaire, Boreal Chickadee, Anna's Hummingbird, American Three toed Woodpecker, Sage Thrasher, Williamson's Sapsucker, Rhinoceros Auklet, Pigeon Guillemot, Violet Green Swallow, Steller's Jay and Bald Eagle. Among the mammals we can expect Orca and maybe Grey and Humpback Whales, Black Bear, Steller's and California Sea Lions and Sea Otter.

Northern Isles May 20th - June 4th
A 16 day / 15 night visit to the most northerly islands of the UK to include Shetland, Fetlar, Fair Isle, Orkney and Mull as well as a few days in Speyside in search of some of our most sought after birds such as Red necked Phalarope, Storm Petrel, White tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Corncrake, Osprey, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Black throated Diver, Red throated Diver and Hen Harrier. There's always scarcities on this trip and on past tours these have included King Eider, Surf Scoter, Icterine Warbler, Nightjar, Serin, Golden Oriole, Laughing Gull and Rustic Bunting.

Alaska USA June 7th - 21st
Our fabulous tour to Alaska last year produced awesome birds and 2 Polar Bears !!
On this years tour we visit Barrow where we hope to find Snowy Owl, Spectacled Eider,
Steller's Eider, King Eider, hoardes of breeding plumaged Red and Red necked Phalaropes, Hoary Redpolls and Lapland Longspurs and on the magical Pribilofs it'll be seabirds such as Thick billed Murre, Horned and Tufted Puffins, Parakeet, Crested and Least Auklets, Red faced Cormorant and Red legged Kittiwake. In the Nome area our quarry includes Emperor Goose, Bristle thighed Curlew and Aleutian Tern and along the Denali Highway we'll seek out Arctic Warbler, Northern Hawk Owl, Trumpeter Swan and Upland Sandpiper amongst other great species.
A boat trip out of Seward will reward us with Rhinoceros Auklets, Tufted and Horned Puffins, Marbled Murrelet and hopefully Kittlitz's Murrelet and amazing Glacier views. We had fabulous views of at least 10 Humpbacked Whales on this boat trip in 2016 along with bow riding Dall's Porpoises and close up Sea Otters. There's a good chance of Orca too.
4 places left on this tour

Our Autumn / Winter 2017 Programme includes Ecuador with an optional Galapagos extension in August to September, Estonia in September, Shetland & Fair Isle in September ( 1 single place left ), the Isles of Scilly in October, Eastern Australia & Tasmania in late October / November, Costa Rica in November / December and also New Mexico & Southern Texas in November to December. We are also visiting Colombia, The Gambia, Thailand and Mediterranean France in late 2017 / early 2018 with the dates to be confirmed. Also new for 2018 will be the Yellowstone NP in the USA.

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