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2016

East Yorkshire Coast October 14th - 16th

A 3 day / 2 night visit to the East Coast of Yorkshire at a good time for late autumn migrants such as Yellow browed, Pallas's, Raddes and Dusky Warblers, Shrikes, Richard's Pipits and Wryneck or perhaps a rare thrush species or pipit. Nothing is ever guaranteed but if weather conditions are favourable places like Spurn, Flamborough and Filey are usually leaping with good birds in Autumn.

Wader Identification Weekend October 22nd - 23rd

A Fylde Coast based weekend where we'll show you how to identify those tricky non breeding plumaged waders / shorebirds at various sites around the area. There'll be opportunities to compare and to learn how to separate the godwits, plovers, sandpipers, redshanks etc and we should also see other species that'll include wildfowl, owls and raptors.
**2 places left on this tour**

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.
**1 single or gent room share left on this tour**

Norfolk & Suffolk November 18th - 23rd
A 6 day / 5 night visit to East Anglia where we'll search for species such as Common Crane, Bittern, Dartford Warbler, Rough legged Buzzard, Red necked Grebe, Great Grey Shrike, Golden Pheasant, Cetti's Warbler, Spoonbill, Bearded Tit, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Merlin and Barn Owl as well as up to 10 species of geese to include Eurasian White fronted, Dark bellied Brent, Taiga Bean Goose and Egyptian Goose as well as the scarcer species such as Snow or Ross's Geese. Other likely species include Barn Owl, Hen Harrier, Short eared Owl, Snow Bunting, Twite and maybe Hawfinch.

Winter Wallcreeper Weekend November 25th - 28th

A four day Friday - Monday long weekend to the south of France where we'll target an exceptional range of species that'll include Wallcreeper, Eagle Owl, Slender billed Gull, Little Bustard, Serin, Southern Grey Shrike, Crag Martin, Red crested Pochard, Greater Flamingo, Short toed Treecreeper, Bonelli's Eagle, Rock Bunting, Cirl Bunting, Alpine Accentor, Fan tailed Warbler, Blue Rock Thrush, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Common Crane, Crested Tit, Firecrest and White Stork amongst others. More familiar species should include Black Redstart, Green Woodpecker, Black necked Grebe, Kingfisher, Marsh Harrier and Hen Harrier.
We have never missed Wallcreeper here on any of our previous winter tours
**2 places left on this tour**

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.
**3 places left on this tour**

Speyside, Mull & Islay December 1st - 11th

A great 11 day tour of the best winter birding sites in Scotland where we'll spend 4 nights in Speyside, 3 nights on Mull and 3 nights on Islay.
Species that we'll hope to find in Speyside will include Capercaillie, Ptarmigan, Crested Tit, Red Kite, Scottish Crossbill, Snow Bunting and Black Grouse amongst others.
There's always a chance of scarcer species at this time of year too and possibilities include Waxwing, White billed Diver, Surf and Velvet Scoters, Long tailed Duck and King Eider when we visit the coast.
On Mull our targets will include Golden Eagle, White tailed Eagle, Short eared Owl, Black Guillemot, Hen Harrier, Long tailed Duck and Great northern Diver.
There'll be large flocks of Barnacle and Greenland White fronted Geese on Islay along with smaller numbers of both Dark and Pale bellied Brent Geese and Pink footed Geese with them.
There's a great chance of something rarer with them and over the years we've seen numerous vagrant Canada Goose species, Snow Goose, Ross's Goose and Red breasted Goose as well as Bean Goose.
There'll also be Great northern, Black throated and Red throated Divers, Scaup and Scoter flocks, Chough, Twite, Hen Harrier, Long tailed Duck, Slavonian Grebe and Purple Sandpiper along with a reasonable chance of both Iceland and Glaucous Gull.


2017

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 avain 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.

Estonia - Steller's Eider, Owls & Woodpeckers January 18th - 22nd

This great 5 day short break targets some much sought after species that'll include the gorgeous Steller's Eider along with Hawk, Ural, Tengmalm's, Pygmy and maybe Eagle Owls, Goshawk, Nutcracker, White tailed Eagle, White backed, Black, and Lesser spotted Woodpeckers, Waxwing, Parrot Crossbill, Great Grey Shrike, Crested Tit and Rough legged Buzzard anong others.

Vietnam - South, Central & North January 24th - February 18th

On this excellent 26 day tour we take in all of Vietnam and it's remarkable range of species as we visit sites in the north, central and southern regions of this fabulous birding location.
During the tour we visit sites such as the Cuc Phong NP, the Phong Nha Ke Bang NP, Tam Dao, Sapa, Ho Chi Min ( Saigon ), the Mekong Delta, Shamu Pass, Bach Ma NP, Ngoc Linh NP, Mang Den, Dalat, Yok Don NP, Di Linh and Cat Tien NP
Amongst the long list of species that we'll be searching for will be Spoon billed Sandpiper, Golden Parrotbill, Siberian Thrush, Nordmann's Greenshank, Red necked Stint, Terek Sandpiper, Beautiful Nuthatch, Gould's Sunbird, White browed and Red tailed Laughingthrushes, Blue naped, Eared, Blue rumped, Blue winged and Bar bellied Pittas, Blue winged Minla, Brown Hornbill, Chestnut headed Tesia, Red collared Woodpecker, Rachet tailed Treepie, Annam Partridge, Japanese Thrush, Crested Argus, Silver Pheasant, Blyth's and Stork billed Kingfishers, Black Eagle, Orange necked Partridge, Wreathed Hornbill and Snowy browed Flycatcher among many, many more.

Northern India February 14th - March 1st

We visit Ranthambore, Bharatpur, Corbett, Sattal and Pangot and the Kumaon Himilaya as well as the Taj Mahal on this fabulous wildlife packed tour tour amazing India where we can expect around 370 species of birds and a number of mammals that we hope will include Tiger ( we had great views of a male on our last visit ).
Target birds will include Painted Spurfowl, Ibisbill, Painted Sandgrouse, Indian Courser, Sarus Crane, Indian Skimmer, Black necked Stork, Golden Bush Robin, Himilayan and Siberian Rubythroats, Wallcreeper, Collared Falconet, Cheer and Koklass Pheasants, Little and Slaty backed Forktails, Collared Owlet, Great Pied Hornbill, numerous Laughing Thrushes, Flycatchers and Warblers and a possible 9 species of Vulture.
Among the mammals we may see are Tiger, Asian Elephant and Ganges River Dolphin.

Wallcreeper Weekend February 24th - 27th

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 !!
We can run this tour for groups of 4-6 on request anytime between November and February

Western Ireland Coast March 6th - 11th

A 6 day visit to the stunning west coast of Ireland where w e spend nights in Enniscrone near to Sligo and in Galway. We visit a number of sites that'll include Nimmo's Pier, Raghlan, Ballyvaughn, Rossaveal and Bell Harbour among others. There'll be good birds to see and over the last couple of visits these have included Surf Scoter, Richardson's Cackling Goose, King Eider, Forster's Tern, American Wigeon, Todd's Canada Goose, Lesser Scaup, Ring necked Duck, Ferruginous Duck, Ring billed Gull, American Herring Gull, Laughing Gull, Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull along with the more usual Black throated Diver ( flock of 40+ in 2016 ), Great Northern Diver, Purple Sandpiper, Velvet & Common Scoter, Long tailed Duck, Greenland White fronted Geese, Barnacle Geese, Brent Geese, Chough and Hooded Crow.
**2 places left on this tour**

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 specialities 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.


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.
5 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.

Arizona & Southern California April 20th - May 2nd

This tour is in preparation and details will be available by the end of August 2016
Please ask for details and we will send them to you when they are finalised.

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.

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.

Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands August 19th - September 8th

On this amazing trip of a lifetime we follow in Darwin's footsteps on the Galapagos Islands and also spend a couple of weeks on the east and west Andes slopes in search of hundreds of species of birds.
We spend 4 days exploring the Galapagos searching for some of the unique wildlife still to be found here. Birds may include some of the 13 species of ‘Darwin's Finches', Blue footed, Red footed and Nazca Booby's, Lava Gull, Lava Heron, Galapagos Penguin, Galapagos Dove and Galapagos Hawk amongst others. We will of course also seek out the other unique non avian Galapagos wildlife too.
In mainland Ecuador we visit half a dozen private nature reserves that have a combined list of over 1200 recorded species of birds that include 65 different species of hummingbirds.
These 6 nature reserves occupy 11 different ecosystems throughout the east and west Andean slope and we'll spend time in High Barren Plains, Paramo, Highland Rainforest, Upper Tropical Rainforest and Cloud Forest to maximise our list of possible species.
The almost endless list of possible birds includes Andean Emerald, Brown Violetear, Andean Guan, Sparkling Violetear, Plate billed Mountain Toucan, Chestnut crowned Antpitta, Ecuadorian Thrush, Crimson mantled Woodpecker, Flavescent Flycatcher, numerous different species of Tanager, Oilbird, Rufous bellied Seedsnipe, Andean Condor, Short tailed Swift and Sword billed Hummingbird.

Estonia September 20th - 27th

Autumn Migration in the Baltic should produce a good list of birds that'll include many waders, passerines and wildfowl species to complement the hoped for Steller's Eider, Hazel Grouse, Nutcracker, Golden, Lesser spotted and White tailed Eagles, Tengmalm's Ural and Pygmy Owls, Three toed, Black, White backed and Grey headed Woodpeckers, Capercaillie, Common Crane, White billed and Black throated Divers, Rough legged Buzzard and Little Crake among others.
We expect mammals too and we'll spend an evening in a hide where our main quarry will be Brown Bear as well as Racoon Dog. We should also see Eurasian Beaver on this tour.

This tour booked up months in advance last year so early booking recommended

Isles of Scilly October 4th - 11th

Another visit to the beautiful Isles of Scilly some 28 miles off the tip of Cornwall where there's a good chance of a suite of rare and scarce species from the east and west depending on the prevailing weather conditions at the time. Expected species include Wryneck, Firecrest, Red breasted Flycatcher, Richard's Pipit, Spoonbill, Common Rosefinch, Jack Snipe, Yellow browed Warbler, Lapland Bunting and Black Redstart and among the rarer birds we've enjoyed on recent visits are Upland Sandpiper, Black eared Wheatear, Arctic Warbler, Blyth's Pipit, Solitary Sandpiper, Radde's Warbler, Dusky Warbler, Olive backed Pipit
Ring necked Duck, Northern Waterthrush, Black Kite and Cream coloured Courser to name a few. Anything can and does turn up at this time of year.

This tour booked up months in advance last few years so early booking recommended

Costa Rica November 22nd - December 7th

We return to fabulous Costa Rica for another bird packed adventure with around 400 species expected. Amongst these birds should be Blue crowned Motmot, Volcano Junco, Snowy Cotinga, Great Potoo, Fiery billed Aracari, Crested Guan, Amazon Kingfisher, Magnificent Hummingbird, Crested Owl, Vermiculated Screech Owl, Black and White Owl, Spectacled Owl, Fasciated Antshrike, Bay Wren, White whiskered Puffbird, Scarlet Macaw, Orange billed Nightingale Thrush, Green Violet Ear, Fiery throated Hummingbird, White throated Mountain Gem and numerous different Tanagers.
We spend nights at the Bouganvillea Hotel in San Jose, La Selva Biological Station, Cerro Lodge, Cano Negro, the Savegre Mountain Hotel, Heliconias Lodge and the Arenal Observatory Lodge.

New Mexico & South Texas November 22nd - December 6th

A 15 day trip to New Mexico and the south of Texas taking in the superb Bosque del Apache NWR, the Lower Rio Grande Valley, the Aransas NWR and the coastline south of Galveston.
At Bosque del Apache the refuge will be packed with around 14,000 wintering Sandhill Cranes and huge flocks of Snow and Ross's Geese and Cackling Geese along with Clark's Grebe, Gambel's Quail, Aplomado Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Say's Phoebe, Black tailed Gnatcatcher, Cactus Wren, Western Screech Owl, Red naped Sapsucker, Western Scrub Jay, Green tailed Towhee, Greater Roadrunner and Criissal Thrasher among other notable species.
Along the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas / Mexico border we'll add Pyrrhuloxia, Olive Sparrow, Green Jay, Altamira Oriole, Great Kiskadee, Least Grebe, Ringed and Green Kingfishers, Verdin, Golden fronted and Ladder backed Woodpeckers, Plain Chachalaca and more.
The Aransas area holds the world's only wintering population of Whooping Cranes and along the central Texas coast we'll enjoy huge flocks of a wide variety of wintering shorebirds and wildfowl including seaduck. A great bird packed winter tour.

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