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2023 California – Complete California – Extension
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
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.
We will take a maximum of seven participants. On rare occasion we may extend the maximum to ten participants.
Duration: 5 days
Group Size Limit: 4 – 7
Date: 20 September – 24 September 2023
Start: Los Angeles, CA
End: Los Angeles, CA
US$2800 per person sharing assuming 4 – 7 participants
Single supplement: US$378
We can run the same trip at a price similar to the larger group price for 2 tour participants, if they rent their own vehicle and pay for fuel – please e-mail [email protected] for details.
- Guiding fees
- Entrance fees
- All transport while on tour
- Domestic and International flights
- Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts
- Alcoholic drinks
- Personal insurance
- Laundry Service
Los Angeles Basin to San Diego
For those continuing on from the Complete California Tour – or if you are joining us just for the Complete California Extension, we will return for an additional attempt at California Gnatcatcher, then bird a few parks in the Los Angeles Basin in search of migrants. Bolsa Chica is great for terns and shorebirds. This area is quite extensive and holds a diversity of species including southern herons such as Little Blue Heron and Tricolored Heron. Rarities are found regularly.
We will then drive south to San Diego.
Overnight: San Diego
Tijuana River Valley and the Salton Sea
In the morning we will bird the Tijuana River Valley and nearby reserves for species with a southern, even Mexican flavor. Aquatic species will be numerous. We will depart by mid-afternoon toward the Salton Sea.
The Salton Sea
Our birding will begin early at the Salton Sea. It can be quite hot and humid here, so we will bird in the morning, siesta in the afternoon, and venture out again in the evening. We will search for Wood Stork, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Gambel’s Quail, Yellow-footed Gull, Inca Dove, Vermilion Flycatcher, Abert’s Towhee, Cactus Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Lucy’s Warbler, Verdin, Black-throated Sparrow, and possible rarities. In recent years there were several Blue-footed Boobies and California’s first Ross’s Gull at the Salton Sea.
Banning Park and Morongo Valley
We will return to the same area to look for more great birds, with a mid-morning departure northward toward Banning. Our final afternoon is near Banning Park and Morongo Valley.
Overnight: Los Angeles
You may schedule early flights home, as our motel will be near Los Angeles International Airport.
CALIFORNIA – SALTON SEA EXTENSION
27 September to 1 October 2011
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Will we do any birding the first day?
Yes! We have birding planned if time allows and everything is on schedule.
Most participants choose to arrive in Los Angeles one day prior to the beginning of the tour. This helps to eliminate any possible conflict with a delayed or cancelled flight. This night is not included in the tour fee. Please consult about the full details of this arrangement when you begin the tour registration process.
How should I dress for the tour?
Check the weather for the destination as close to your departure date as possible, and dress accordingly for your comfort level. You can also review our What to Bring page for more information.
Besides clothes, what do I need to bring?
There are many items the will be useful to you while on a Bird Treks tour. We have put together our list of recommendations on the What to Bring page.
What language are tours conducted in?
Our tours are all conducted in English, but we do have some experience working with client that don’t speak English well – Some English would be needed for safety reasons. In locations where another language is predominately spoken, a native guide may accompany the tour.
Can you help me book flights?
Yes, we will always try our best to help with anything at all! We’re here to serve you. However, it is usually easier if you book your flight through your own travel agent as we can’t always get the best deals from your particular country. But we will help whenever needed!
Can you book accommodation for us the night before the tour starts or the night the tour ends?
While Day 1 is usually a travel (arrival) day, and the last day of the tour is usually also a travel day (departure), many people do like to arrive early and/or leave late. We can indeed book extra nights before and after the trip, and we in fact recommend you let us book them, as it avoids confusion and allows us to book the accommodation that is most convenient for the tour.
NOTE: Most often it is the same hotel or lodge that you use on the first night of the tour, but in some instances, it could be an airport hotel or an accommodation establishment where the guide is staying.
Do you provide trip insurance?
No, we do not. We find that it is better for trip participants to purchase their own medical, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance through their own insurance provider in the country they reside in. We expect all tour participants to have comprehensive insurance, and we encourage everyone to send us a copy of their insurance documents.
Are meals included?
For most tours, meals are included in the tour price. This may include a hotel-provided breakfast, or guide-provided box lunches. For dinners, we strive to find interesting and delicious local restaurants – this allows us to give back to the local economy, and find exciting new place to eat.
Can I take the Extension Tour without doing the main tour?
You may participate in the 5-day extension with the regular 12-day tour, or take either tour separately. Simply tell us your preference: 5 days, 12 days, or the full 17 days.