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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
single & due to cancellation 1 double left on this tour ( discount possible
Norfolk & Suffolk March 13th -
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.
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.
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
April 19th - 26th
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
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
Maximum 4 places left on this tour
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
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
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
May 12th - 28th
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.
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.
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.