When it comes to habitat diversity, California has few rivals. Every few miles, things change, which makes for superb birding -- from Marbled Murrelets, Sooty Shearwaters, and Black-footed Albatrosses, to enigmatic Wrentits, Nuttall's and White-headed woodpeckers, Williamson's Sapsucker, California Thrashers, Bell's Sparrow, Lawrence's Goldfinch, and Oak Titmouse. And some species widespread elsewhere have California twists, such as "California Raven" and "Thick-billed" Fox Sparrow; even the White-breasted Nuthatches are different!
Our tour begins in the San Francisco Bay area; coastal California in fall is a vagrant magnet, so you never know what may turn up (in recent years, we've seen Philadelphia Vireo, Magnolia Warbler, and Eastern Yellow Wagtal!). A highlight will be a pelagic to the rich waters of the Pacific where our main quest will be seabirds -- including Pink-footed, Sooty, Buller's, and maybe Flesh-footed shearwaters. Of course we also hope to run into Black-footed Albatross, storm-petrels, Cassin's and Rhinoceros auklets, whales, and who knows what else -- the ocean always holds surprises.
We'll cross the agricultural Central Valley and head to the Sierra Mountains, where we'll spend a few days in the conifer forests for such rewards as Hermit Warbler, Clark's Nutcracker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, and Mountain Quail; then we'll visit the sage desert of the Mono Basin where we'll seek Pinyon Jay, Sage Thrasher, and Greater Sage-Grouse. Come join us on this cross section of northern California, a region both birdy and beautiful.
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
"The company was highly recommended by a friend, and this tour was perfect for my birding needs — species, location, pelagic trip. It was an excellent tour. Travel was uncomplicated and comfortable. Guides Tom Johnson and Micah Riegner got all of the group on the birds. Tom is an easy-going, extremely knowledgeable guide. Micah was also easy to work with, knowledgeable, and has amazing bird-spotting skills. Your office service was wonderful. I was never made to feel like I was being a pest with my millions of questions. I rank Field Guides among the top of my list." C.O., SLICE OF CALIFORNIA: SEABIRDS TO SIERRA 2019
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ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2020 sample (PDF)
- 2021 (PDF expected Dec 2020)
DEPARTURES • We have 2 departures currently scheduled through 2022, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Sep 4-13, 2021
Guided by: Tom Johnson
Tour Manager: Caroline Lewis
Tour Limit: 7
Status: Waitlisted - The itinerary has not been finalized for this tour. The trip has provisionally filled but, if you are interested, we can waitlist you for the trip. As we do not require deposits until the itinerary and price are finalized, we often have folks drop off a tour when the deposit is required, and so space opens up! Click below to be waitlisted for this tour with no obligation; if you are waitlisted, we will also notify you in case of an added departure of this tour.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2020=$4250
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Sep 8-17, 2022
Tour Manager: TBA
Tour Limit: 7
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2020=$4250
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Enjoy looking through the 8 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!