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2020

 

Dumfries, Firth of Forth & Bean Geese

February 1st – 4th  


A four-day trip into southern Scotland where we first visit the Firth of Forth where four species of Scoter have wintered over the last few years – white-winged, surf, velvet and common. There’ll also be seaduck such as Long-tailed Duck and Scaup and there’s also usually Slavonian and Red necked Grebe to be found here in winter too.

Not too far away there’s one of only two regular wintering Taiga Bean Goose flocks to be found in the UK. Last year we counted in excess of 170 birds.

In Dumfries there’ll be thousands of Barnacle Geese, Greenland White fronted Geese, Red Kites,  Hen Harriers, Purple Sandpipers, huge flocks of Scaup and more great species as we visit sites to include Caelaverock WWT and Mersehead RSPB.

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR 


Mediterranean France

February 10th – 17th 


A week in the south of France where we spend time in the Camargue, La Crau and Les Alpilles in search of a number of great birds such as Wallcreeper, Eagle Owl, Citril Finch, Snowfinch, Moustached Warbler, Slender billed Gull, Black Woodpecker, Penduline Tit, Southern Grey Shrike, Little Bustard, Common Crane, Crested Lark, Red Kite, Alpine Accentor, Blue Rock Thrush, Serin, Purple Gallinule, Red crested Pochard, White Stork, Crag Martin and Crested Tit with early migrants such as Stone Curlew, Short-toed Eagle and Alpine Swift also possible. There’s a chance of Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Bonelli’s Eagle, Booted Eagle & Greater spotted Eagle too.

2 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR


Canary Islands – Fuerteventura, Tenerife & La Gomera

March 14th – 21st


A great week in the Canary Islands where our target species will include Red-billed Tropicbird, Houbara Bustard, Cream-coloured Courser, Trumpeter Finch, Tenerife Kinglet, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Barbary Falcon, Canary Islands Stonechat, Canary Islands Chiffchaff, Atlantic Canary, Spotted Crake, African Blue Tit, Berthelot’s Pipit, Bolle’s Pigeon, Laurel Pigeon, Egyptian Vulture, Spanish Sparrow, Black-bellied Sandgrouse and Stone Curlew among others.

We have 4 nights on Fuerteventura and 3 nights on Tenerife (including a day on La Gomera ).

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR


Slimbridge WWT & Forest of Dean

March 23rd – 25th 


It’s a great time for seeing displaying Goshawk in the Forest of Dean along with Hawfinch and Crossbill and at Slimbridge and the surrounding area there’ll be Kingfisher, Common Crane and perhaps Garganey and up to 3 species of Egrets to enjoy. There should also still be a few of the wintering Eurasian White fronted Geese left on the WWT reserve too and there’ll also be a few of the early summer visitors too. There’s usually an usual bird or two in the area at this time too and on recent tours these have included Great Grey Shrike and Glossy Ibis.

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR


Speyside  

March 27th – April 2nd 


A 7 day visit to Speyside in Scotland where we target all the speciality species such as Capercaillie, Ptarmigan, Crested Tit, Osprey, Golden Eagle, 3 species of Crossbill, 3 species of diver, Ring Ouzel, Slavonian Grebe, White tailed Eagle, Hen Harrier and Merlin along with mammals to include Otter, Badger, Red Squirrel and Pine Marten.                                                                                                                    We also spend a day on the coast where sea duck are likely including the long staying drake King Eider and we may also visit a site for Bottle nosed Dolphin.

3 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR



Colorado USA – lekking Prairie Chickens & Sage Grouse 

April 4th – 17th 


A repeat of our exceptional 2019 tour where we saw all the lekking grouse and chicken species at the lek and a whole range of other great species too.

We can expect amazing views of Greater Sage Grouse, Gunnison Sage Grouse, Greater Prairie Chicken, Lesser Prairie Chicken and Sharp tailed Grouse along with Evening Grosbeak, up to three species of Rosyfinch, Mountain Plover, numerous raptors including Prairie Falcon, Dusky Grouse, Sage Thrasher, lots of wildfowl, Burrowing Owl, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend’s Solitaire, Rough-legged Hawk, Clark’s Nutcracker, American Three toed Woodpecker,McKown’s Longspur, Chestnut collared Longspur, Canada Jay and much more. Mammals also feature and on our 2019 tour we saw Pronghorn, Moose, Bison, Elk, Mule Deer, Black tailed Prairie Dog and Coyote among them.                   Although we’ve added 2 days to this tour there are some long drives ( through spectacular scenery ) and the odd single night stay along the way. 

5 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR                                                                                                                       


Morocco – Atlas Mts, Sahara Desert, Atlantic Coast

April 14th – 26th 


A great 13 day tour to Morocco in northern Africa where our list of target species will include Crowned Sandgrouse, Egyptian Nightjar, Houbara Bustard, Trumpeter Finch, Northern Bald Ibis, Cream coloured Courser, White crowned Black Wheatear, Dupont’s Lark, Red rumped Wheatear, Mahgreb Wheatear, Greater Hoopoe Lark, Levaillant’s Woodpecker, Crimson winged Finch, Tristram’s Warbler, Blue cheeked Bee Eater, Western Desert Warbler, Spotted Sandgrouse, Black-crowned Tchagra, Great spotted Cuckoo, Seebohm’s Wheatear, Blue eyed Magpie, Fulvous Babbler, Western Desert Sparrow and much, much more.

Our tour takes in the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara Desert and the Atlantic Coast visiting sites such as the Ourika Valley, the Tagdilt Track, the Barrage Al Mansour, Asni, Rissan, Zeida Plain and Mergouza

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR


Arizona & Southern California USA April 17th – 30th 


A return to Arizona with a few days in Southern California where we’ll find an array of great species that on previous visits have included Arizona Woodpecker, Gila Woodpecker, Mexican Spotted Owl, Elegant Trogon, Gambel’s Quail, Montezuma Quail, Zone tailed Hawk, Elf Owl, Gilded Flicker,  Violet crowned Hummingbird, Lucifer Hummingbird, Magnificent Hummingbird, Greater Roadrunner, Grace’s Warbler, Olive Warbler, Lucy’s Warbler, Painted Redstart, Green tailed Towhee, Phainopepla, California Thrasher, Bridled Titmouse and Curve billed Thrasher along with a number of flycatchers, kingbirds, jays, shorebirds and species of wildfowl.

Among the sites that we’ll visit on this tour are Blythe, the Joshua Tree NP, Agua Caliente Park, Goose Flats, the Saguero NP, numerous Canyons, Patagonia and the Paton Centre.

3 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR


Lesvos, Greece

May 7th – 14th 


A great week in Lesvos where spring migration will be at it’s peak. We have one hotel base in Petra on this tour and we fly direct from Manchester to Mytilene, Lesvos.

Among the array of fabulous species that we’ll hope to see will be Kruper’s Nuthatch, Scops Owl, Cinerous Bunting, Masked Shrike, Ruppell’s Warbler, Orphean Warbler, Roller, Rock Nuthatch, Lesser Kestrel, Red footed Falcon, Eleanora’s Falcon, Sombre Tit, Little Crake, Little Bittern, Isabelline Wheatear, Collared Pratincole, Rufous Bush Chat and Long legged Buzzard along with  more familiar species such as Bee Eater, Golden Oriole, Greater Flamingo, Red rumped Swallow and Spotted Crake. On previous tours we’ve also seen Spur winged Plover, White-tailed Lapwing and Great Snipe among the more usual Marsh Sandpipers, Curlew Sandpipers and Stints.

2 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR 



The Outer Hebrides

May 16th – 25th 


A repeat of our fabulous Western Isles tour that booked up 9 months in advance of departure in 2019.  We visit St Kilda ( weather permitting ), the Uists, Harris and Lewis and maybe Barra on this 10 day tour and will hope to find great birds such as Corncrake, 4 species of Skua, Red necked Phalarope, Golden Eagle, White tailed Eagle, Hen Harrier, Red throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Black throated Diver, seaduck and Short eared Owl and shorebirds among many other species. We may also visit a couple of sites site for Chequered Skipper butterfly.

3 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR


Chequered Skipper & Mull

May 27th – 29th 


A 3 day visit to the Mull area where our target species will include Chequered Skipper butterfly and birds to include Corncrake, Golden Eagle, White tailed Eagle and Hen Harrier among others.  We also have a good chance of Otter and the local long staying North American Black Duck.

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Finland & Arctic Norway

May 27th  – June 10th 


The almost endless list of great birds on this 2 week tour will hopefully include Tengmalm’s, Hawk, Pygmy, Ural and Eagle Owls, Three toed, Grey headed and Black Woodpeckers, Capercaillie, Hazel Hen, Siberian Jay, Siberian Tit, Pine Grosbeak, White billed Diver, Brunnich’s Guillemot, Gyrfalcon, Steller’s Eider, King Eider, Thrush Nightingale, Rough legged Buzzard, Bluethroat, White tailed Eagle, Long tailed Skua, Arctic Redpoll,  Blyth’s Reed Warbler and River Warbler along with numerous others.

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR


Birds & Butterflies of Gloucestershire & Dorset

May 31st – June 3rd 


4 days visiting sites in Gloucestershire and Dorset should yield sought after butterflies such as Wood White, Glanville Fritillary, Marsh Fritillary, Adonis Blue and Brown Argus along with birds such as Nightjar, Dartford Warbler, Woodlark, Stone Curlew, Hawfinch and maybe Honey Buzzard, Montagu’s Harrier or Goshawk too. We spend a night in Gloucestershire and 2 nights in Dorset.

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR


East Anglia   Birds and Butterflies

June 5th – 8th 


A 4 day / 3 night visit to Norfolk and Suffolk where we should see Swallowtail butterflies along with numerous species of birds to include Turtle Dove, Stone Curlew, Bearded Tit, Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Nightjar, Great White Egret, Dartford Warbler and Common Crane.

2 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR


Iceland

June 10th  – 19th 


A great 10 day tour to Iceland will include a whale watching trip out of Husavik and a boat trip to Flatey and will seek out birds such as Brunnich’s Guillemot, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Gyrfalcon. We usually find a King Eider or two among the huge Eider flocks on this tour and over the years have found a number of rarities from America.

3 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR


Cumbria

June 21st – 22nd 


A 2 day visit to the Lake District in search of birds, butterflies and reptiles such as Mountain Ringlet, Large Heath, Fritillaries, Osprey, Beautiful Demoiselle, Grass Snake, Slowworm, Adder, Redstart,  Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Wood Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher and more.

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR


Butterflies of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Kent

June 24th  – 26th 


Our main target butterfly species on this tour will include some of the rarest UK species such as Large Blue, Heath Fritillary and Black Hairstreak along with Marbled White, White Admiral, Brown Argus, Small Blue, fritillaries and hairstreaks. There’ll be birds too and last year these included Nightingale.

4 PLACES LEFT ON THIS TOUR



Coming Soon…………


SOUTH KOREA WINTER December 7th – 19th 2020

SOUTH KOREA SPRING May 14th – 27th 2021

TAIWAN

CUBA

BRITISH COLUMBIA 

OHIO & MICHIGAN

SOUTH AFRICA


And much more… 

 

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