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All our overseas tours are exclusive of international flights.

2015

ISLES OF SCILLY October 5th – 12th
An excellent week on the gorgeous Isles of Scilly some 30 miles or so off the tip of the Cornish mainland ideally situated as a first landfall for lost migrants from the east and the west. We’d hope for a few rarities but almost guaranteed scarcities include Wryneck, Firecrest, Common Rosefinch, Richard’s Pipit, Yellow-browed Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher and Jack Snipe. Recent rarities have included Blackpoll Warbler, Solitary Sandpiper, Black-eared Wheatear, Upland Sandpiper, Black Duck, Blyth’s Pipit, Arctic Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Lesser Yellowlegs, Radde’s Warbler, Subalpine Warbler and Bluethroat. Who knows what will turn up this autumn?

Our tour cost of £979pp includes all accommodation with breakfasts and dinners, return flights from Lands End to St Mary’s, 2 inter island boat trips and the guiding services of the tour leader. Due to a cancellation transport is available for the final 2 places from the Fylde Coast to Penzance with pick ups en route. Single room supplement £90. Due to a cancellation there are 2 places (with transport) left on this tour


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 Dark-bellied 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. 4 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. 3 places left on this tour


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. Just 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




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