New Year 2017 Emailing

January 4th, 2017 by Field Guides· Add a Comment

A very Happy New Year to all our birding friends! Our heartfelt thanks to all who traveled with us in 2016 and to the many of you already booked on 2017 tours…we are excited about the year ahead, including the 10 new itineraries among our 140 departures! In this emailing we catch up on recent tours with our December Recent Photos gallery of 95 images from 11 tours, 18 illustrated triplists, another fun collection of people-on-tour pics from the past month, and 10 fresh 2017 itineraries. The Australian Ringneck (or Port Lincoln Parrot) below is a sample by participant Bill Byers on our Australia tour.

Updates: revised Barrow, AZ Condors II, 2018 schedules

Guide Tom Johnson has designed a new twist in our popular fall tour to Barrow, Alaska. We’ve renamed it Alaska Fall Goldmine: Ross’s Gulls in Barrow & Rarities on St. Paul and, you guessed it, we’ll visit not only Barrow for the Ross’s Gull migration plus other draws like Yellow-billed Loon, Spectacled Eider, and Snowy Owl, but also St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs, where not only is a fine a variety of Asiatic vagrants possible but we should also see Red-faced Cormorant, Red-legged Kittiwake, and Short-tailed Shearwater. Doug Gochfeld will co-lead with Tom, and dates are Sep 30-Oct 9.
Guide John Coons has added a second departure of his ever-popular Northern Arizona Canyons & Condor trip, Jun 9-14. It’s right in John’s back yard (he’s based in Flagstaff), and the birding, not to mention the scenery of course, is pretty grand.
You can now check out 2018 guide schedules, which have just gone live on our website as we turned the calendar page to the New Year. Check out where your faves are headed via our guides page.

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 view it as a slideshow.) Always fun to see, so keep those photos coming!

This month’s birding links

Here are a few online items that caught our eye and that we thought you might enjoy:
Dinosaur tail feathers: check out this very cool find.
Urban birds: a short survey to assist a research project on which species do well and why.
Birds of Northern Central America: an informative review of Jesse’s fine guide on the 10,000 Birds website.

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 wonderful Australia survey with guides John Coons and Rose Ann Rowlett. 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 December Recent Photos gallery and our December People pics for other great images.)

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 tour ranks with the very best tours I’ve taken — perhaps it is the very best….we had phenomenal luck with the birds and I saw even the tapaculos well. This birding ‘luck,’ of course, had everything to do with the skill and good judgement of Willy Perez, who was a very good leader indeed. I can’t praise him highly enough, and I was also very pleased with Rodrigo Silva, the Chilean co-leader. It was a privilege to have two South American leaders in this very interesting country. Field Guides leaders have charm and flair and supreme birding skills, and they are a pleasure to travel with.” U.L., Chile 2016

“Both Bret Whitney and Tom Johnson were fantastic, with incredible field skills and knowledge. The tour manager and office staff were also excellent, and deserve credit, especially since I selected this trip at a rather late date. Field Guides is one of my favorite companies, and I always know that I’m going to get an excellent tour from you.” B.C., Spectacular Southeast Brazil 2016

“Chris Benesh has a relaxed approach which makes the experience pleasant. This does not mean that any species are missed, as he is constantly on the alert for species that have not been seen. But his relaxed approach allows participants to feel good about asking questions or for help — it creates a pleasant atmosphere. He has a sense of humor and is attentive to the group, his knowledge of the birds and mammals is great. The office staff and your help with getting everything set up is the best there is! The guides are top notch, and I feel confident about what type of experience I will have.” D.F., Mexico: Yucatan & Cozumel 2016

Tour openings: January to May

Exciting birding, awe-inspiring landscapes, fascinating culture, spectacular rhododendrons: it’s Bhutan this spring and there are two spaces open. Join guide Richard Webster, Apr 8-27. See Richard’s triplist here for all the highlights from our 2016 tour.

Recently posted 2017 itineraries


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