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November 2016 emailing

November 29th, 2016 by Field Guides

Greetings, birding friends! In this emailing we have some recent news from south of the border as well as north, a fun collection of people-on-tour pics from the past month, 5 fresh 2017 itineraries, 6 triplists from recent tours, and a beautiful assortment of 75 images assembled by guide Eric Hynes in our November Recent Photos gallery highlighting 11 departures across 5 continents. The New Holland Honeyeater below is a sample by participant Linda Rudolph on our Australia Part One tour. Enjoy reading, and good birding to all!

New Holland Honeyeater by participant Linda Rudolph

Recent News: birds & coffee, whisky jacks, and more

Guide Jesse Fagan’s got our own shade-coffee-and-birds tour on tap with his upcoming March Guatemala: Shade-grown Birding tour (Feb 11-19), so this birds-and-coffee piece from the All About Birds website caught our eye…and check out the buying stats at the end.
 
Few Americans may have realized that our good neighbors in Canada have been in an election cycle of their own…for a national bird. Read more about it here, and decide for yourself which candidate you would support — are you a whisky jack at heart, or a diver, or perhaps something else?
 
Check out our Facebook page. Among other items are the latest posts from guides Tom Johnson and Bret Whitney from Part One of our Spectacular Southeastern Brazil tour, Megan Edwards Crewe from Sri Lanka, and a further update from our NW Argentina tour with Jesse Fagan and Willy Perez.

This month’s people pics

If you enjoy seeing images of guides and participants on our tours as much as we do, you’ll like this gallery of our favorite people pics from the past month. (Click on the play button in the gallery if you’d like to see it as a slideshow.) Always fun to see, so keep those photos coming!
 
Field Guides tour photos

Private Tours: Plan Your Own

Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides? We regularly put together just such private departures for groups of 8 or more, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of an illustrated triplist from one such recent tour, a fantastic Borneo adventure with guides Rose Ann Rowlett and Richard Webster. You can start planning your group’s next great birding trip — just contact our office.

Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our November Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)
 
Alaska birding tour with FIELD GUIDES
Alaska birding tour with FIELD GUIDES
Brazil birding tour with FIELD GUIDES
Brazil birding tour with FIELD GUIDES
Peru birding tour with FIELD GUIDES
Peru birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Comments from our travelers

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“This was a great experience! I have been with Willy Perez before and had a wonderful time, so I knew it would be great to travel with him again. This was my first time with Jesse Fagan, and I would gladly travel with him again. Both are great with birds and are also just fun people to be around.” K.L., Northwestern Argentina 2016

“I especially appreciated the helpfulness and prompt replies from the office staff. It is so great to reach a person instead of a recording with menu! When I could not reach the tour manager directly, she called back in a very short time.” M.S., Louisiana: Yellow Rails & Crawfish Tails 2016

“Every kaleidoscopic day brought a wealth of bird treasures, many above and beyond just seeing them. Bret Whitney was patient, persistent and always positive. This invariably paid off….for everyone. His description of each ‘chase’ bird as it was approaching or being called in gave everyone the notice of what to look for, where, and how. Tom Johnson was a delight every day. Cheerful, supportive and as accomplished at spotting and putting folks on the birds as one could hope for. Field Guides always ranks the highest for me in terms of service before, during, and after the tour.” B.W., Spectacular Southeast Brazil 2016 

Tour openings: January to April

Puerto Rico birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

If a blue-sky, emerald-sea, endemic-filled birding vacation sounds good, join guides Tom Johnson and Doug Gochfeld of their upcoming Puerto Rico tour, Mar 11-17. See Tom’s triplist here for all the highlights from our 2016 tour.

Recently posted 2017 itineraries


November 2016 newsletter

November 9th, 2016 by Field Guides

Our November 2016 newsletter is making its way to the mailboxes of all of you on our mailing list. It features articles on our new 2017 tours, 5 pages of exciting photos from recent tours in our Fresh From the Field section, the latest on our Upcoming Tours, and a tribute to two of our Field Guides founders on their retirement from full-time guiding. You may also now see it online at this link.

Enjoy the new issue!

 

November 2016 Field Guides newsletter


October 2016 emailing

October 25th, 2016 by Field Guides

Hello, all! Thanksgiving and the December holidays are seemingly just around the corner. Before the New Year arrives, we have another 23 Field Guides tours to send out into the field, and if you’re in the traveling mood, 8 still have at least a couple of spaces open for a Nov/Dec holiday–see below. In this emailing we have a cool “Super Hummingbirds” video link and scrub-jay piece, an added May Point Pelee departure, a late-opening Thailand space, 5 fresh 2017 itineraries, 6 triplists from recent tours, and a beautiful assortment of images in our October Recent Photos gallery — 48 new ones highlighting 6 departures ranging from Kenya to Bolivia and Brazil to Cape May. The Pin-tailed Manakin below is a sample from guide Marcelo Padua on his Serra dos Tucanos, Brazil tour. Enjoy reading, and good birding to all!

Pin-tailed Manakin from FIELD GUIDES Serra dos Tucanos, Brazil tour by guide Marcelo Padua

Cool bird news: “super” hummers & scrub-jays

A new show in PBS’s Nature series titled “Super Hummingbirds” is definitely worth 50 minutes of your time, and you’ll get to watch many of the wonderful hummers we see on our tours throughout the Americas, from Costa’s Hummingbird in Arizona to mangos, coronets, jacobins, sylphs, sunbeams, sapphires, and many more in the tropics. Have a look at the full episode here. It will be available online until Nov 12. If you’d like to see many of these same species in images, too, watch our hummingbirds slideshow, refreshed earlier this year with 55 photos by our participants and guides.

Also, check out this interesting piece on the All About Birds website on the importance of saving small, declining satellite populations of species to enhance genetic diversity, with the pertinent example of Florida Scrub-Jays (which we’ll be seeing on our new 2018 Florida tour).

2017: added Point Pelee II in May, Thailand space

Our original departure to Canada’s famed migration hotspot is fully booked, so we’ve added a second Point Pelee Migration Spectacle tour with guide Jay VanderGaast for May 13-20, 2017. While taking the pulse of spring migration, we’ll be watching for as many as 30 species of warblers plus a bevy of other great Eastern birds. In addition to birding Pelee we’ll visit Rondeau and Long Point provincial parks as well as the Carden Plain (for goodies such as Upland Sandpiper, Golden-winged Warbler, and Bobolink). The tour is just 8 days start to finish, priced at $2675 with a small group of seven.

Our January 2017 Thailand tour had been full for a good long while, but we have an unexpected late cancellation…so there’s now a space for you. Dates are Jan 14-Feb 4, and there’s one special twist: our group of just 11 will have three guides at the helm to show you all those wonderful birds: Dave Stejskal, Jay VanderGaast, and our longtime Thai co-leader Uthai Treesucon. Quite the guide ratio! If that doesn’t fit your schedule, you can try next door on the single spot remaining open on our Cambodia: Angkor Temples & Vanishing Birds tour with Phil Gregory, Feb 4-18. Come to think of it, you could also take them both back to back if you’d like a month-plus of great Southeast Asia birding.

It’s here! Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America

Guide Jesse Fagan, who has traveled and guided extensively throughout Central America, has been working on this project for several years when not on tour, and the fruits of his labors are at last here: the lovely and truly field-sized Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America, co-authored with ornithologist Oliver Komar and with lovely illustrations by Robert Dean and Peter Burke. Covering the region between Mexico and Nicaragua, this will be an indispensable item for several of our upcoming tours, including Belize and Guatemala. The book will be released in just a few days (Nov 1); find out about pre-ordering or purchasing at this Amazon link. Congrats to our “Motmot” and team on a beautiful job–we can’t wait to put it to use in the field!

Recent Field Guides Facebook posts

You don’t have to be on Facebook yourself to enjoy recent additions to our Field Guides feed. Just click to our public Facebook page here to see the Purple-breasted Cotinga (r.) and other delights that guide Bret Whitney has posted from Brazil, or Australia tour highlights from Tom Johnson & John Coons or Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory, or what’s been happening on the Northwestern Argentina trip from Jesse Fagan & Willy Perez. Come check out our recent Field Guides goings-on.

Holiday Escapes for November & December

Gotta get away birding and escape some of the upcoming hubbub? We have at least a couple of spaces open on these five holiday trips to Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru–just contact our office to hold a space.

Over Thanksgiving:
Holiday Mexico: Yucatan & Cozumel, Nov 19-28 with Chris Benesh (at right: the Mayan ruins of Uxmal by participant Michel Metayer)
Holiday at San Isidro, Ecuador, Nov 19-28 with Mitch Lysinger
Peru’s Rarely Explored South, Nov 19-Dec 1 with Jesse Fagan

Over Christmas or New Year:
Holiday Peru: Iquitos, Dec 17-28 with Dan Lane
Holiday at Ecuador’s Wildsumaco Lodge, Dec 29-Jan 8 with Willy Perez

Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our October Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

And if you’d like a little additional fun, have a peek at guide Doug Gochfeld’s two-minute video clip from one of our recent Cape May Megan’s Way tours, including watching an eider navigate the surf.

Recent participant comments

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“An excellent tour. I had a great time and would do it again. Tom Johnson did an outstanding job. He gets 5 gold stars in my book. I would happily tour with him again. Field Guides always seems to do a great job.” B.K., Slice of California: Seabirds to Sierra 2016

“I had always wanted to bird Cape May during migration. A friend recommended Field Guides. The tour was excellent. The best features were the guides, Megan Edwards Crewe and Doug Gochfeld, and the birds. I loved all the birding experience and teaching from our guides.” C.C., Cape May Megan’s Way 2016

“An outstanding tour — all expectations met and much more! The birding was superb; John Coons was so on the birds and made sure everyone got on them. We didn’t miss a beat. It was birding at its best… Your office service was excellent — always polite and helpful.” B.B., Arizona: Birding the Border 2016 

Tour openings: November to March


A pink-washed Black-and-yellow Broadbill by guide Dave Stejskal from our 2016 Thailand tour. See Dave’s triplist here for all the highlights. There’s one space still open to join Dave and co-leaders Jay VanderGaast and Uthai Treesucon on this tour departing January 14.

Recently posted 2017 itineraries


September 2016 emailing

September 29th, 2016 by Field Guides

Greetings, birding friends! Our fall schedule is underway, with tours to Peru, Cape May, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil set to depart in the next two weeks, and much more ahead. This month we have two interesting bird news pieces, a 7-day January Brazil option, 8 fresh 2017 itineraries, 6 triplists from recent tours, and a beautiful assortment of images in our September Recent Photos gallery — 67 new ones from 6 tours spanning France, Brazil, Peru, Arizona, and California. The Whiskered Screech-Owl below by participant Daphne Tsui is a sample from Arizona’s Second Spring. Enjoy reading, and good birding to all!

Recent Tour Photos from FIELD GUIDES BIRDING TOURS

Cool bird news: butterbutts & hummers

If changes in bird taxonomy and names can sometimes make your head spin, and you never quite adjusted to calling those birds “Yellow-rumped Warbler,” here’s a little fun news piece from the All About Birds website based on a study in The Auk. There’s even a splitter’s bonus!

And if you think hummingbirds are cool (who doesn’t?), well, this recent Science article kinda puts the lie to that—so to speak—in this Trochilid hotspot special. Enjoy!

Brazil: a 7-day January option you haven’t thought of?

White-winged Potoo by guide Bret Whitney of FIELD GUIDESRegular readers know we have a long list of great Brazil itineraries, but one possibility might have escaped your notice. We offer a 7-day Southern Bahia Extension to our Nowhere but Northeast Brazil itinerary. Coming up in late January, we have several spots open in our small group guided by Bret Whitney. The land fee is just $2350, a bargain! It’s a great option for a quick winter getaway to an endemic-rich area with everything from montane forest to beautiful, natural “cactus gardens,” and we’ll have just one hotel change. Highlights we’ll seek include White-winged Potoo (r.), Hook-billed Hermit, Banded Cotinga, Slender Antbird, Narrow-billed Antwren, Striated Softtail, Pink-legged Graveteiro, Bahia Spinetail, and Bahia Tyrannulet—plus a large dose of other Atlantic Forest and caatinga specialties, from Golden-capped Parakeet to Pin-tailed Manakin to Pygmy Nightjar and much more. If you already have a Brazil visa, you can put it to additional great use! If not, we can assist you in how to obtain one. If this birdy week in Brazil sounds just about perfect to you, check out the extension section of our 2017 itinerary and have a look our our exciting 2016 triplist. Then just contact our office to hold a space.

Field Guides 2017-2018 catalog coming soon!

Our new catalog of 2017-2018 Field Guides tours is almost ready to go to the printer, and we expect it to begin reaching mailboxes in the second half of October. No sneak peek here, but there will be various new tours (18 in all) that we know will be of interest to many of you. Among those not previously announced are these for 2018: Florida, three new Ecuador itineraries including two seeking very localized specialties of the northwest and south, a Great Rivers of the Amazon tour in Peru (taking this concept out of Brazil), an Israel migration itinerary, a new 16-day Kenya Tented Camps tour with Terry Stevenson, and NE India (including Eaglenest) with Phil Gregory. These are among the more than 270 departures on 125 itineraries that will be featured.

Recent Field Guides Facebook posts

Guianan Cock--of-the-Rock by guide Marcelo Padua of FIELD GUIDESYou don’t have to be on Facebook yourself to enjoy recent additions to our Field Guides feed. Just click to our public Facebook page here to see what guide Marcelo Padua has posted from one of our recent Rio Negro Paradise tours, or to see a video clip and some great images from Megan Edwards Crewe and Tom Johnson’s France I tour, or highlights from our inaugural Mouth of Amazon trip–and much more. It’s a great way to keep up with recent goings-on.

Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our September Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

Cape May birding tour with FIELD GUIDES
Brazil's Rio Roosevelt tour with FIELD GUIDES

East Africa Highlights: Kenya & Tanzania birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Galapagos birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

France: Camargue & Pyrenees birding tour with FIELD GUIDES
Borneo birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Recent comments (thanks!)

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“It was an outstanding tour. Our two guides, Megan and Tom, are the best in the business and they did not disappoint. We were able to bird in two very diverse regions and see so many of the birds for each of the areas. It was a wonderful group of birders. Your guides are phenomenal and you keep the groups small. This makes seeing the birds exceptional.” G.T., France: Camargue & Pyrenees I 2016

“We have always had excellent experiences with Field Guides tours. This trip was wonderful. For all of us, it was our first experience on a boat tour. It was wonderful to be able to have such a long time without having to repack. The staff on the boat was so nice, and the food was great, especially the crema! As I expected, Marcelo was a great guide. I didn’t miss a single lifer that he spotted.” S.C., Rio Negro Paradise: Manaus, Brazil 2016

“I’m very grateful for Field Guides’s commitment to making such trips a really good experience. Our group really gelled well, and everyone was very considerate of all the other members of the group.” A.S., France: Camargue & Pyrenees II 2016

Tour openings: Late October to February

Northeast Brazil birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Some eye-catching landscapes combine with spectacular birds and numerous endemics and rarities on our Nowhere but Northeast Brazil tour coming up in January with guides Bret Whitney and Dan Lane. Above are Band-tailed Manakin, Blond-crested Woodpecker, and Araripe Manakin by participants Steve James, David & Judy Smith, and Kathy Brown.

Recently posted 2017 itineraries


August 2016 emailing

August 30th, 2016 by Field Guides

Hi, birding friends! Can it really be almost September? The summer has flown by with nearly 30 tours, and next up is an exciting fall schedule, with nearly 50 more departures between now and New Year’s. This month we have a fun article by participant Joyce Miller from a Field Guides Brazil tour, news from our recent annual business meeting, 13 fresh itineraries for 2017, 12 triplists from recent tours, and a beautiful assortment of trip photos in our August Recent Photos gallery — 80 new images from 7 departures spanning Iceland, Spitsbergen, Brazil, Peru, and more, of which the drake Harlequin Ducks below from Iceland are a sample. Enjoy reading, and good birding to all.

Harlequin Ducks on FIELD GUIDES Iceland tour by Eric Hynes

Fun reading from a Brazil experience

Article on FIELD GUIDES Jaguar Spotting tour to BrazilOur Jaguar Spotting: Pantanal & Garden of the Amazon tour has been perennially popular since guide Marcelo Padua inaugurated it in 2011. Participant Joyce Miller was on Marcelo’s tour this July and wrote about her adventures in her northern New York newspaper, The Chronicle. Take a few minutes to read her fun article and enjoy some images from the tour as well. And if you want to follow in Joyce’s footsteps, Marcelo’s next Jaguar Spotting tour is scheduled for Jul 16-27, 2017, and there are a few spaces left!

Some rare “vagrants” sighted!

FIELD GUIDES 2016 business meeting group photo

We’ve just returned from a big, busy, and fun Field Guides annual meeting in Portal, Arizona. We had folks arrive from all over (Vermont, Maine, Virginia, Cape May, New York, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Brazil, Peru, England, and of course Arizona itself), and a special treat was having several “vagrants” to the States from far afield join us for the first time in several years, including guide Terry Stevenson (third from right above) from his base in Kenya and guide Mitch Lysinger (kneeling with baseball cap at center) and his wife, Carmen Bustamante (third from left), up from Ecuador. (Click on the image to see a version with names, then click on that version to see it much bigger!)
Terry caught us up on happenings in Kenya and Africa (and at his “mud-and-cow-dung mansion” near Mt. Kenya) in general, and we got to hear first-hand the exciting goings-on at Mitch and Carmen’s east-slope lodges, San Isidro and Guango, and about birding in Ecuador. The meeting was a great chance for all of us to re-connect in person, and we had a blast. Thanks to Tom Johnson (at right above) for setting up and snapping this group pic!

…and then they return to their “territories”!

Fall birding tours with FIELD GUIDES

If you’d like to catch some of those migrants and vagrants from the meeting on their home turf, here are a few possibilities. Mitch and Carmen are en route home to Ecuador, from which base Mitch will be guiding these upcoming tours: Ecuador’s Shiripuno Lodge, Sep 22-Oct 1 (3 open) and Holiday at San Isidro, Nov 19-28 (3 open). Terry Stevenson is already back on tour in Kenya, then it’ll be South Africa (fully booked) followed by Southern India (Nov 13-Dec 3, still a few spaces open). Marcelo Padua, an annual “migrant” to our meeting, has 4 consecutive Brazil tours this fall, with just the 11-day Serra dos Tucanos beginning Sep 24 with 2 spaces open. And Jesse Fagan is returning to his home base in Lima, from which he has NW Argentina (fully booked), Colombia: Llanos & More (Nov 5-15, 3 spaces), Peru’s Rarely Explored South (Nov 19-Dec 1, 2 spaces), and Holiday Costa Rica II (Dec 30-Jan 7, 1 space). Come on along on one of these open tours if you need to migrate somewhere yourself!

Recent Field Guides Facebook posts

You don’t have to be on Facebook yourself to enjoy recent additions to our Field Guides feed! Just click to our public Facebook page here to see what Megan and Tom have posted from one of our current France tours, or to check out a very cool photo of Golden Parakeets, or to see what happened on our inaugural Mouth of the Amazon tour in Brazil with Bret and Marcelo in August–and much more.

Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our August Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

Guyana birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Iceland birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Arizona Nightbirds tour with FIELD GUIDES

SW Ecuador birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

SE Brazil birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Borneo birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Ethiopia birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Colorado Grouse birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Spitsbergen birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Morocco birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Newfoundland/Nova Scotia birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Papua New Guinea birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Recent comments (thanks!)

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“Travel with guide John Coons is like traveling with a good friend who knows what he is doing and pays attention to you and the details. He makes sure everyone has a good experience.” M.M., Spitsbergen & Svalbard Archipelago 2016: A Cruise to the Norwegian Arctic

“Your office’s service was excellent. Efficient, helpful, and very pleasant. I had the good feeling that there is a large safety net behind Field Guides tours. I haven’t had this comfort with tours by smaller companies or organized by individuals.” E.L., Borneo 2016

“Jay VanderGaast is impressive in every way. His in-depth knowledge of the birds and venues visited and his excellent organization skills delivered an outstanding tour. Plus, his friendly and outgoing personality and keen sense of humor make him a pleasure to be with.” D.R., Papua New Guinea 2016

Tour openings: October to January

Orinoco Geese from the FIELD GUIDES Colombia: Llanos & More tour

Handsome Orinoco Geese are but one of more than 400 species of birds likely on guide Jesse Fagan’s upcoming tour to Colombia: Llanos & More. Other possibilities include everything from Black Inca and Indigo-capped Hummingbird to Bogota Rail, Horned Screamer, Apolinar’s Wren, and Bar-crested Antshrike. Should be fun!

Recently posted 2017 itineraries


July 2016 emailing

July 26th, 2016 by Field Guides

Mid-summer–what a great time of year. Field Guides tours to Newfoundland, New Guinea, Iceland, Brazil, Ecuador, Spitsbergen, East Africa, Peru, and Galagagos have just wrapped up, and we have a busy slate of other trips ahead of our annual business meeting in Arizona in mid-August. This month we have some fun birding info, 10 fresh itineraries for 2017, 16 triplists from recent tours, and a beautiful assortment of trip photos in our July Recent Photos gallery — 70 new images from 9 departures spanning Alta Floresta to Ethiopia and Montana to Alaska. The Black-billed Barbet from Ethiopia participant Becky Hansen below is just a sample. Enjoy reading, and good birding to all.


Cool birding info: Peru app, Feather Atlas & more

  • Hot off the press: There’s now an iPhone and iPad app for the Birds of Peru field guide, co-authored by our own Field Guide Dan Lane. Now you can take all those great birds with you into the field in a small pocket…amazing! Check it out here on the iTunes store.
  • We’re always spotting dropped feathers when we’re out birding, and it’s fun to try to I.D. them. If you enjoy doing the same in North America and haven’t seen it yet, check out the online Feather Atlas from the US Fish & Wildlife Department. You can key out your find using some pattern and color characteristics, and on your way to identifying your feather you’ll pick up some cool comparison points, too. Have fun being a feather sleuth!
  • In the birding-related department, if you enjoy learning about the mammals you’re bound to encounter while out in the field, explore this North American Mammals website from the Smithsonian where you can search for species by name, by location, by taxonomic relationship, and more…pretty cool.
  • Love ID tips? Pick up helpful hints on identifying Solitary Sandpipers from guide Tom Johnson’s informative piece in Cape May Bird Observatory’s July View from the Cape.

Birding from 9 to 13 days for the 2016 Holidays

We have a diverse array of choices with those 8 great guides shown above if you’re looking for a birding escape with space still open over the Thanksgiving or December breaks:

Above, some images from our upcoming 2016 holiday itineraries, which include a visit to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula with Chris Benesh, where in addition to plenty of landbirds we’ll see American Flamingos lighting up a lagoon; some beautiful landscapes and plenty of local and regional endemics like Cactus Canastero and the striking Inca Tern on Jesse Fagan’s Holiday Southern Peru; and the ever-regal Resplendent Quetzal on Holiday Costa Rica I with Megan Edwards Crewe. Thanks to participants Johanne Charbonneau and Paul Bisson for the great flamingo and quetzal images.


Fresh tour galleries

We’ve continued to add new slideshows to some of our tour pages. You can see examples on the pages listed below. Note too that on each page there’s a link to a larger version of the slideshow that has a fullscreen option. Enjoy!


Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our July Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

Ecuador birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Borneo birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Arizona birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Greece birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Dominican Republic birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Costa Rica birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Point Pelee birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Colorado Grouse birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Arizona birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Arizona Nightbirds birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Montana birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Northern Arizona birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Texas on tour with FIELD GUIDES

Texas Coast birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Puerto Rico birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

Maine birding tour with FIELD GUIDES


Recent comments (thanks!)

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“An excellent experience. Great birds, lovely habitats, delightful lodge, good group of participants, and superb guiding by Bret Whitney.” J.S., Brazil’s Rio Roosevelt: Birding the River of Doubt 2016

“As my first birding tour, it was fantastic. Eric Hynes is so very knowledgeable and patient especially since most everyone else was experienced. I could not have imagined a better experience.” C.A, Iceland 2016

“This was one the best birding tours I have taken. Particularly, the careful organization exhibited by the company to every aspect of the trip. I would like to mention the excellent birding guiding services of Mitch Lysinger and local guide Oscar Tapuy. No question about it, I will be with you again in the future.” P.L., Amazonian Ecuador: Sacha Lodge III 2016


Tour openings: September to December

California birding tour with FIELD GUIDES

This image by guide Tom Johnson shows a small part of a massive Sooty Shearwater flock of about 80,000 birds seen in Half Moon Bay on our September 2015 Slice of California: Seabirds to Sierra tours. There’s one space left on Tom’s Sep 13-22 tour.


Recently posted 2017 itineraries


June 2016 emailing

June 21st, 2016 by Field Guides

Hi, birding friends! What a busy time of year, with 11 tours from Alaska and Arizona to Brazil, Borneo, and more since our May emailing. There’s lots of cool news and fresh info to report. See below for our new hummingbird slideshow, Dave Stejskal’s Pine Flycatcher find, a bunch of new tour galleries, 11 fresh itineraries and 8 triplists, and a beautiful assortment of trip photos in our June Recent Photos gallery (56 new images from 9 tours from Arizona to Greece; that’s a Yellow-breasted Brushfinch from our Southwestern Ecuador Specialties tour by participant Randy Beaton as a sample below; also, above is a female Purple-throated Mountain-gem by Costa Rica participant Reg David). Enjoy reading, and good birding to all.

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Cool birding news: Pine Flycatcher, State of the Birds

Dave-Stejskal-Lyssa-zampa-swallowtail-moth-box-16-Chuck-Holliday-croppedBig news on the birding front! Guide Dave Stejskal discovered what appears to be the first US record of Pine Flycatcher, a Mexican species of Empidonax. Congrats, Dave! You can read Dave’s original post here, see a photo on our post (and there’s a link in that post to the Arizona Field Ornithologists site for even more pics), and check out an article about the find in the Arizona Daily Star. What a great find!

In other news, the State of the Birds 2016 report is out. It covers 1154 species from Canada, the US, and Mexico, detailing population status and trends, conservation issues, a watch list, and more. It’s a must read for North American birders.


New slideshow: Hummingbirds II

Many of you watched our original Hummingbirds slideshow and let us know how much you enjoyed it, so we’ve created a second one with all new images of these fantastic gems. Our fresh Hummingbirds II slideshow includes 55 images from our participants and guides — that’s a Scintillant Hummingbird by participant Bill Byers below as a sample. Click to this page to get started; if you’d like to see the show in larger format still, there’s a link on the page for that, too. Enjoy!

Scintillant Hummingbird cr216 Bill Byers


Last options for summer birding with us: 4 tours

If you are still hoping to get away birding this summer somewhere cool or warm, we have three choices in July and one in late August, each with 2 or 3 spaces open:


Fresh Tour Galleries

We’ve been working on putting together some slideshows to use on our tour pages, with more to come. You can see examples on the pages listed below. Note too that on each page there’s a link to a larger version of the slideshow that has a fullscreen option. Enjoy!


Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our June Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

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Recent comments (thanks!)

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“Just about the best experience! Dave Stejskal is a fantastic and very skilled leader, and we couldn’t have asked for better tour mates. Locations were all well chosen, and Dave was extremely knowledgeable about the birds and natural history of each area. Office was very easy to work with.” D.A., Arizona: Birding the Border 2016

“Excellent tour, terrific companions and a superb leader. Megan’s birding skills are amazing and she diligently gets everyone on the bird. Her sense of humor, wonderful stories, and dedicated professionalism are assets. The Field Guides office staff were great as usual.” S.C., Classical Greece 2016

“I always go with Field Guides. In particular, the guides are phenomenal and superior.” E.C., Spring in Cape May 2016


Tour openings: September to December

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The lovely Ross’s Gull above is the main quarry on our October tour to Barrow, Alaska. Photo by guide Eric Hynes.


Recently posted 2017 itineraries


A fresh hummingbird slideshow!

June 5th, 2016 by Field Guides

If you love hummers, as we do, we think you’ll enjoy our new slideshow of 55 images of these small gems. The photos are from our guides and participant on Field Guides tours. Click here to see the slideshow and also a listing of our best tours for up to 50 or more species of hummingbirds. Have fun watching!


May 2016 e-mailing

May 24th, 2016 by Field Guides

Hi, birding friends! Spring migrants have been flooding northward, and we’ve been intercepting them along the way, with a broad range of tours from the Texas Coast and Big Bend to Hungary & Romania, Arizona (10-day tours and 5-day nightbirds trips), Point Pelee, and Greece. Up next, Ethiopia, Maine, Alaska, Borneo, and much more to get the summer rolling. Lots of newsy bits below, of course: an interesting piece on dinosaur feathers, another on our Mountains of Manu tour, some cool birding items, the Brazil visa waiver, 15 fresh itineraries and 14 triplists, and a beautiful assortment of trip photos in our May Recent Photos gallery (79 new images from 8 tours from Colorado to Bhutan; that’s a beautiful Iiwi from our recent Hawaii trip by guide Dan Lane as a sample below). Enjoy reading, and good birding to all.

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“Birding” (sort of) way back when!

OK, we’re kidding, sort of…but check out this piece from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on dinosaurs and feathers. If we’d lived back then, with feathered creatures that big we wouldn’t have needed binocs or scopes! Of course, we’d have been watching over our shoulders all the time when out in the field…and checking our eSaur app for latest sightings, right?


Cool birding items: videos & bird names

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In the miscellaneous cool bird stuff department this month:
Another video clip in guide Bret Whitney’s series from N.E. Brazil, this time of the magnificent Hooded Visorbearer hummingbird.
Curious about bird names? Here’s a great resource from the folks at Handbook of the Birds of the World to explore the source and meaning of a bird’s scientific name.
–And a second video clip from Bret, this time of a pair of Rufous-winged Ground-Cuckoos his April Guyana group saw…

Fantasy birding? No, the Manu road is for real!

Looking for a fall tour? Wouldn’t mind visiting one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet with an astounding list of bird possibilities (like the Gould’s Jewelfront below by participant Steve Wakeham)? We’ve got just the ticket: our Mountains of Manu tour, hitting a birder’s dream come true, the spectacular Manu road. Check out guide Pepe Rojas’s recent post on the highlights of this tour — there’s still space to join him!

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No Brazil visa needed for September in paradise!

Yep, it’s true — the Brazilian government has put in place a visa waiver through September 18 for citizens of the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan! That means you’ll spend $160 less to reach our Rio Negro Paradise I tour, which is based primarily on our fantastic boat! It’s scheduled (perfectly) for Sep 3-17 with our Field Guides experts Marcelo Padua and Dave Stejskal. You could be home…or instead be catching the breeze on the top deck in late afternoon as you reminisce with the “Manakin” and “Roadrunner” about the day’s fantastic birds with a chilled caipirinha in hand. Sound appealing? Heck, yea! Just 4 spots still open — we’ll see you at the Meeting of the Waters!

Triplists from recent tours

Click on any image below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our May Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)

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Recent comments (thanks!)

Your post-tour comments on our evaluation form help us ensure that we offer the best possible tour experience and service, in the field and from our office.

“This was the finest bird tour experience I’ve ever had. Megan Crewe is by far the most dedicated, skilled, thoughtful and congenial guide I’ve experienced. And she cultivated an easy-going camaraderie among the tour participants.” E.F., Greece 2016

“When deciding to go with a company, we most prefer to travel with Field Guides because we think the guides are first class birders and excellent with people. In addition, we appreciate the types of choices made on itineraries with places to explore and stay. I’d travel with Mitch Lysinger again anytime!” R.B., Southwestern Ecuador Specialties 2016

“My four prior excursions with Field Guides were terrific experiences, so choosing this one was a no-brainer. And it was outstanding. Best feature was the efforts of guides Chris Benesh and Tom Johnson. It was apparent how much pride they have in their work. Your office service was terrific as usual.” C.D., Colorado Grouse 2016


Tour openings: June to November

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The magnificent Frilled Coquette male above is one of myriad eye-catching species possible on our three Brazil tours listed below, from “Rio Negro Paradise” and “Serra dos Tucanos” in September to Spectacular Southeast Brazil in late October — the tour on which participant Ken Havard captured this lovely image.

2017 itineraries now ready


The Manu road in October: A birder’s dream

May 17th, 2016 by Pepe Rojas

Few places on the planet offer birders the opportunity to explore as amazing an altitudinal gradient as the Manu road in southeastern Peru. In an ecologically complex mosaic of habitats ranging from about 2600 feet elevation in the foothills up to tree line at 11,150 feet, researchers have found nearly 1000 species of birds. Imagine the birding potential–there are new species waiting at every turn!

Magnificent forest along our Manu route, looking down toward the Amazonian lowlands. Photo by guide Rose Ann Rowlett.

Magnificent forest along our Manu route, looking down toward the Amazonian lowlands. Photo by guide Rose Ann Rowlett.

Our trip starts in the city of Cuzco, nestled at about 12,000′ feet. To reach our destination on the east slope we must first drive through a very dry and barren landscape where bird diversity is low, yet we have a chance to find interesting endemics such as Bearded Mountaineer, Rusty-fronted Canastero, Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch, and Creamy-crested Spinetail, to mention a few.

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Andean Cock-of-the-Rock and Golden-eared Tanager, two stunning birds we should see. Photo by participant Steve Wakeham.

At the Accjanaco pass at treeline elevation, the landscape starts to change dramatically. The heart of our route will span from the high elfin forest all the way down to the forested foothills at the base of the Andes. But where to begin our description? In the higher sections, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucans, Grass-green and Hooded tanagers, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Barred Fruiteater, Masked and Moustached flowerpiercers, and White-collared Jays are certainly highlight species. At lower elevations mixed flocks can appear at any bend in the road, adding a burst of excitement as we scan each of these gatherings. In addition to Golden-headed and Crested quetzals, there can be Masked Trogon, Black-streaked Puffbird, Lanceolated Monklet, and Versicolored Barbet to delight us.  And at a lek we should see the unofficial national bird of Peru, the colorful Andean Cock-of-the-Rock.

The delightful Versicolored Barbet, photographed by participant Steve Wakeham.

The delightful Versicolored Barbet, photographed by participant Steve Wakeham.

At our lowest elevation, in the foothills, the birds we’ll find are a mix of lowlanders reaching up the slopes and species from above occurring at their lowest elevation. Military and Blue-headed macaws, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, several species of antbirds, bamboo birds and, if we are lucky, even Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo are all possible!

I can’t guarantee we will see 1000 birds, but I can assure you an exciting and thrilling trip. Come join me for the Mountains of Manu tour October 1-16, and let’s have some fun!

Enjoy looking through an illustrated and annotated triplist from our 2014 tour!


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