June 2016 emailing

June 21st, 2016 by Field Guides· Add a Comment

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.


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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“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

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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.

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