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. . . . . 2018 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .


From the Mountains to the Ocean to the Desert
7 September 2018 - 20 September 2018, 14 days & 13 nights

California conjures up visions of sun-drenched landscapes, scenic mountain vistas, the blue Pacific, and expansive deserts. The birds are no less spectacular, with everything from Black-footed Albatross to Lawrence's Goldfinch. We'll start in the San Francisco Bay area and journey to Bodega Bay for a day of shorebirds and migrants. Some of the specialties of this rich area include Surfbird, Black Turnstone, Wandering Tattler, and Black Oystercatcher. Our songbird searches may yield views of Townsend's Warbler, California Towhee, Wrentit, and Cassin's Vireo.  Next on our route are the Sierras to look for Swainson's Hawk, Acorn Woodpecker, and the endemic Yellow-billed Magpie. Sooty Grouse, Mountain Quail, Great Gray Owl, Black-backed and White-headed Woodpeckers, Williamson's and Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Pine Grosbeak, and Hermit Warbler are just a few of the species that we will seek in Yosemite National Park. The Mono Lake region may yield Greater Sage-Grouse, Sage Thrasher, Gray Flycatcher, American Dipper, Pinyon Jay, Lewis's Woodpecker, and Mountain Bluebird. We will look for Greater Roadrunner, Lawrence's Goldfinch, and California Thrasher in the arid lands near Monterey. Our next adventures will be TWO pelagic trips. First is a trip into world-famous Monterey Bay that is bisected by a huge submarine canyon twice the size of the Grand Canyon. We will cruise the bay and the adjacent offshore waters in search of shearwaters, Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, and Humpback Whales. We will hope for a rarity such as Tufted Puffin or Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, then scan the coastline for Marbled Murrelet. Our next trip takes us further offshore to the Albacore Grounds. Some of the many species that we will search for are Scripps's Murrelet, Sabine's Gull, Arctic Tern, Blue Whale, and Bairds' Beaked Whale, plus Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-Tailed Jaegers.  We may also see Black-vented Shearwater, South Polar Skua, Northern Fur Seal, and the intriguing Ocean Sunfish. Our continued journey south will put us in California Condor country, and we will spend time looking for this spectacular species brought back from the brink of extinction. Our targets near Los Angeles will be California Gnatcatcher, Allen's Hummingbird, and Black-vented Shearwater. We'll take a boat trip to Santa Cruz Island for the endemic Island Scrub-Jay and the Santa Cruz Island races of Bewick's Wren, Allen's Hummingbird, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Turning our sights inland, we'll search the deserts for LeConte's Thrasher and other residents. The tour begins in San Jose and concludes in Los Angeles. The leader has yet to be selected. We will take a maximum of seven participants.  On rare occasion we may extend the maximum to ten participants. See the separate itinerary for full details about the Salton Sea Extension. If you care to continue on to the Salton Sea, there is a $150 discount for combining the two tours.

Price: $5195.00 from San Jose, California    

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San Diego & the Salton Sea
20 September 2018 - 24 September 2018, 5 days & 4 nights

After searching the Los Angeles and San Diego areas for some coastal specialties, we'll head inland to the Salton Sea to look for Yellow-footed Gull, along with Wilson's Phalarope, thousands of Red-necked Phalaropes, and a multitude of other migrating shorebirds.  Black-chinned Hummingbird, Verdin, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Black-throated Sparrow, and Abert's Towhee frequent the brush around the southern edge of the Salton Sea. We will make early morning efforts to see these species. Blue-footed Booby is found here occasionally. There is a $150 discount if you combine this Extension with the preceding Complete California Tour. The tour leader will be selected at a later date. We will take a maximum of seven participants. On rare occasion we may extend the maximum to ten participants. 

Price: $2195.00 from Los Angeles, California    

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California Gnatcatcher & Le Conte’s Thrasher
1 December 2018 - 9 December 2018, 9 days & 8 nights

From the coast to the mountains and desert, the habitats of southern California are home to many of the Pacific Coast's specialties.  We'll begin in San Diego in search of species such as Heerman's Gull, Wandering Tattler, and Black Turnstone.  Then, moving inland to the foothills and mountains, our targets will be species with California in their name: California Quail, California Gnatcatcher, California Thrasher, and California Towhee.  We'll also be on the lookout for Nuttall's Woodpecker, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse, Bell's Sparrow, Lawrence's Goldfinch, and Tricolored Blackbird.  Continuing on to the desert and the Salton Sea, other birds that we'll be searching for include the elusive LeConte's Thrasher, Ruddy Ground-Dove, Burrowing Owl, Costa's Hummingbird, Abert's Towhee, and hopefully, Yellow-footed Gull. The maximum number of participants is seven.  On rare occasions it may be extended ten. The tour leader will be announced at a later date.

Price: $3195.00 from San Diego, CA    

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