Posted by: atowhee | September 10, 2013


I will be hosting three major trips in the first half of next year. Each has a limited number of openings.

The first is to Ecuador. That trip is sponsored by Point Reyes Field Institute and we will visit several key birding spots in the Andean Highlands. We should dozens of hummingbird and tanager species plus some toucans, a guan, parrots and the Torrent Duck. Here is the description of this trip on the PRFI website. On this trip we will have a full-time local guide and I will really be there as support.
Here is a short gallery from my last Ecuador trip:Ecuador--Coca   9-29-2010 013 The macaw who ate our breakfast butter.

COL INCA FLITE2 A Collared Inca, one of the best of the hummers according to me.

ECUADOR2010--DAY ONE 063 Inca Jay.

Golden-tailed Sapphire, just another of those wonderful hummingbirds.

In March I will be leading a trip to the Pacific Northwest for all those wonderful Arctic and pelagic birds that are around. Rafts of Rhino Auklets, Harlequin and Long-tailed Duck, all three scoters, all three mergansers, Northern Shrike, Bald Eagles, and many other duck species. Last year we had both Snowy Owl and Gyrfalcon on this trip. Those, of course, are not guaranteed. This trip is especially good for photographers and those who normally bird east of the Sierra. Here is the information on the Partnership for International Birding website.
Here are three pictures from past trips, the first of Harlequins was taken by a birder on this trip:harly pair--BA

Hood Canal Feb 10, 2011 023

Trumpeters on field near Sequim, WA.

Then if you like warblers you gotta meet me atMAGN-CU

MIOURN IN THICKT Magee Marsh in May. Here are two warblers we may see: Chestnut-sided and Mourning (a secretive fellow rarely more than a couple feet off the ground.) This trip is sponsored by Golden Gate Audubon but anybody can sign up before the trip fills. Northern Ohio where the northbound migrants stop to replenish their reserves before the long flight across Lake Erie to the Canadian north lands. It is possible to get over 30 species of warblers, both cuckoos, Woodcock, Whip-Poor-Will, several eastern vireos and flycatchers. Last year we had Long-eared and Eastern Screech-Owl as well as Upland, Solitary and Semipalmated Sandpipers.
Click here for webpage with complete itinerary for this trip.

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