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Southern California Birdwatching Tour

Southern California Birdwatching Tour


When: Sat 10 Sep - Wed 28 Sep 2016
Leaders: Chris Doughty and Wez Fritz

Southern California Birdwatching Tour


Melbourne/Melbourne (19 Days) $9,788
Single Room Supplement $760
Ground Content (ex Los Angeles) $8,188
California is the third-largest state, in the United States of America. It has a wonderfully varied and scenically attractive landscape which extends for more than 2,500 kilometres, from Oregon, to the Mexican border. At this time of year, some of the world's most exciting pelagic birding takes place in the nutrient-rich waters off the California coast. A huge number of Northern Pacific seabirds are joined by impressive numbers of transequatorial migrants from the Southern Hemisphere, which visit this area during their non-breeding season. In sharp contrast, at this time of year, large numbers of waders and passerines are streaming southwards along the California coast from their Arctic breeding grounds, heading for their wintering grounds in Central and South America. Add to this a rich and varied land bird fauna, including a number of California endemics and West Coast specialities, and it all adds up to California being the top birding destination in North America. Our journey begins in Los Angeles, where we go birding at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and the Newport Beach area, where we will find a huge selection of herons, gulls, terns and waders. Heading inland, our next destination will be the Salton Sea, not far from the Mexican border. Here we should see flocks of Wilson's Phalaropes, along with dozens of other migrating waders. Other birds which we shall look for include Yellow-footed Gull, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Verdin, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher and Black-throated Sparrow. Heading northwards, we will do some birding in the West Mojave Desert, where we shall search in particular for Gilded Flicker, Bendire's and LeConte's Thrashers, Lucy's Warbler, Abert's Towhee and Black-throated Sparrow. Our next destination is the sagebrush country around Mono Lake, and the town of Lee Vining, where we shall search for Sooty Grouse, the beautiful Mountain Quail, Sage Thrasher and both Sage and Brewer's Sparrows. Moving on to the magnificent granite spires, walls and domes of Yosemite National Park, where we hope to find specialities such as Great Gray Owl, White-headed Woodpecker, American Dipper, Mountain Bluebird, Hermit Warbler and Pine Grosbeak. Heading for the coast, we drive across the vast San Joaquin Valley, to the world-famous Monterey Bay, where we will enjoy two days of pelagic boat trips. We will cruise the bay and the adjacent offshore waters in search of Black-footed Albatross, Buller's, Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters, Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, South Polar Skua, Pomarine, Parasitic and Long-tailed Jaegers, or perhaps a Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, or a Tufted Puffin. Leaving Monterey, we travel south, along the Big Sur Coast, this is California Condor country, and we will spend time looking for this spectacular species, which has been brought back from the brink of extinction. Our final activity will be a boat trip out to Santa Cruz Island, home of the endemic Island Scrub-Jay. The Southern California Birdwatching Tour will ensure we see a host of seabirds, cetaceans and endemic birds.   

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