June 2018 emailing
June 26th, 2018 by Field Guides· Add a Comment
Hello, birding friends! Summer’s in full bloom, and with it a very busy schedule of Field Guides tours from Arizona and Alaska to Iceland, Norway, Borneo, Peru and many other destinations. There’s much to see in this emailing: a fresh June Recent Photos Gallery with more than 100 great images from a dozen tours (e.g., the Texas Scissor-tailed Flycatcher above by guide Cory Gregory, and the Montezuma Quail below by Arizona participant Jeff Barnum — just a couple of teasers). Also linked below: some very cool bird news, six extensions you can take as standalone tours, tour updates (Honduras & NE Brazil), videos from Florida and Cape May, a fresh batch of 24 recent triplists, and 17 updated itineraries for 2018 and 2019 tours, as well as remaining spaces on our August-November tours. Thanks for checking it all out — we look forward to seeing you in the field.
Tour updates: Honduras, Northeast Brazil (x2)
Honduras: With the unexpected closing of Pico Bonito Lodge earlier this year, an adjustment was in order for our upcoming Holiday in Honduras jaunt in December. Guide Jesse Fagan (yes, that Jesse, co-author of the very field guide you’ll be using!) made the most of the opportunity and has our holiday group staying at two alternate wonderful lodgings, Corinto Pearl Eco-Resort and Panacam Lodge, with a finale at the famed Mayan ruins of Copán. And did you know there’s a special bonus of the itinerary change? The tour checklist has now more than 150 additional species on it with the visits to Panacam/Lake Yojoa and Copan. Dates are Dec 21-29, and you can see the full itinerary here. Should be some fun birding!
Nowhere but Northeast Brazil: Our popular tours to Northeast Brazil have been on the Field Guides schedule for (can we say it?) decades. But 2019 brings something new: we are offering a second departure of the same itinerary, including the post-tour Southern Bahia Extension. Our first departure with Bret Whitney and Marcelo Barreiros is tentatively full. The second tour, Feb 19-Mar 8 with Marcelo Barreiros and a group of 8 participants, has just one space available as of this writing. This second tour will benefit by Marcelo’s having lots of fresh stake-outs from the first tour, and it is also somewhat less expensive, due to lower cost of smaller or fewer vehicles at some of the tour venues, and the fact that we will not need to cover a second guide’s airfare (and caipirinhas, ha!). Final bird lists for the two tours are going to be quite similar, and excellent, of course! You can see the full itinerary here. Contact our office if you’d like to grab that last space. (For just one example of the cool things to be seen on the tour, see this recent piece about the fabulous Araripe Manakin on the All About Birds website.)
Cool bird news: Whimbrels, Tadoussac & more
If you read our March 2018 emailing, you saw a very cool story map of the migration of a Semipalmated Sandpiper created by our friend Maina Handmaker and colleagues at the conservation organization Manomet. Well, Maina and gang have been at it again, creating a beautiful new story map featuring Whimbrels…in fact, the migration of three different Whimbrels. It’s quite an amazing story, beautifully presented with numerous images, informative text, and some cool video clips. And it illustrates the conservation challenges facing shorebird populations that are dependent on just 3 or 4 key areas for breeding, wintering, and migration stopovers to refuel. Definitely worth a few minutes of your time. (BTW, the photo above is a small part of a large flock guide Doug Gochfeld photographed on our May Spring in Cape May tour…yet another population’s stopover site.)
Never heard of Tadoussac in Canada’s Quebec Province? Well, then, you probably missed the biggest buzz of the spring. View this checklist on ebird for a peek into the flood of northbound birds the rest of us missed that day. Lots of photos, and a couple of cool video clips right below Wilson’s Warbler. Dream on!
Bird evolution buffs will be interested to see this piece on the All About Birds website about the asteroid cataclysm 66 million years ago and its impact on the avian descendants we see now. Thank goodness it’s not all tinamous, tapaculos, and partridge today (no offense to all those wonderful taxa, of course)!
Cassia Crossbill on BNA: There’s a limited-time opportunity to see what the Birds of North America website is all about for free (it’s by subscription otherwise) via the account for the recently split Cassia Crossbill, a species we’ll seek on our 2019 Idaho: Snake River to Sawtooths tour with guides Eric Hynes and Mitch Lysinger. Enjoy the informative account here.
Take an extension as a standalone tour…
Are you going to be in one of the following countries on your own or perhaps (oh no!) on tour with another company and would like to extend your stay? Or do you have very limited time and would like a very targeted birding experience? We have some fun and birdy extensions to upcoming fall tours that might fit the bill. Click the links to get to each tour’s itinerary; scroll down to the extension section for complete information. With the exception of the Canary Islands, each of these has at least two spaces open. Contact our office if you are interested.
- Bountiful Beni (ext. to Bolivia) – Sep 23-28, 2018 – $2150
- Canary Islands (ext. to Morocco) – Sep 24-30, 2018 – 1 space; $2450
- Brazilian Merganser (ext. to Safari Brazil) – Oct 6-11, 2018 – $1275
- Tasmania (ext. to Australia Part Two) – Nov 7-12, 2018 – $2475
- Iguazu Falls (ext. to SE Brazil Part Two) – Nov 17-22, 2018 – $2350
- Mauritius & Reunion (ext. to Madagascar) – Nov 25-29, 2018 – $2175 (small party supplement of $400 if we have fewer than 6)
New videos: Florida, Spring in Cape May
Guide Doug Gochfeld recently created two video compilations, the first (left above) from our 2018 Florida tour he co-led with Mitch Lysinger, the second from our 2018 Spring in Cape May tour co-led with Tom Johnson. Some fun sightings of everything from Bridled Tern and “Great White” Heron to White-rumped Sandpiper and Magnificent Frigatebird.
Triplists from 24 recent tours
Click on any image or link below to see our annotated and illustrated online triplist. (And be sure also to see our June Recent Photos gallery for other great images.)
Private tours for your group or organization
Want to organize your own tour with a group of special birding friends and one of our staff guides or for your local birding club? We regularly put together private departures for groups of 6 or more to many different destinations, and they are invariably a big hit. Here’s an example of a Namibia & Botswana tour’s illustrated triplist, with guide Terry Stevenson. Just contact our office to start planning your group’s next great birding trip.
A recent private-group Panama participant noted: “We were so pleased to do this tour with our friends and with John Coons as leader. Everything went smoothly. All we have to do now is decide where we all want to go next!”
Tour openings: August through November
Check our listing below for space still available on select tours from August through November. Included are a few spaces on our upcoming Chile tour with guide Willy Perez—it’s a destination with not only great birding but some pretty spectacular scenery, as you can see in the image above by 2017 participant Bill Byers in Torres del Paine National Park in the far south. There are fabulous mountainscapes from tip to tip!
- Peruvian Rainforests of the Tambopata, Aug 6-16 with Jesse Fagan (4 spaces)
- Oregon: Coast to Cascades I, Aug 29-Sep 8 with Cory Gregory (1 space)
- Rio Negro Paradise: Manaus Brazil I, Sep 1-15 with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros (1 space)
- France: Camargue & Pyrenees II, Sep 5-15 with Jay Vandergaast & Marcelo Padua (2 spaces)
- Slice of California I, Sep 6-15 with Chris Benesh (spaces open)
- Bolivia’s Avian Riches, Sep 7-23 with Dan Lane (1 space)
- Ethiopia, Sep 7-27 with Terry Stevenson (1 space)
- Slice of California II, Sep 11-20 with Tom Johnson (1 space)
- Rio Negro Paradise: Manaus Brazil II, Sep 16-30 with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros (2 spaces)
- Ecuador’s Shiripuno Lodge, Sep 20-29 with Mitch Lysinger (3 spaces)
- Ecuador’s Deep NW Lowlands, Sep 28-Oct 7 with Willy Perez (1 space)
- Cape May Megan’s Way II, Sep 30-Oct 6 with Megan Edwards Crewe (1 space)
- Northern Peru: Endemics Galore, Oct 3-21 with Dan Lane (spaces open)
- South Africa, Oct 4-26 with Terry Stevenson & Joe Grosel (1 space)
- Machu Picchu & Abra Malaga, Peru II, Oct 5-14 with Jesse Fagan (1 space)
- New Guinea & Australia, Oct 11-29 with Jay VanderGaast (4 spaces)
- Southeast Brazil (Part One): North of the Tropic, Oct 19-Nov 4 with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros (1 space)
- Colombia: Cali Escape, Nov 3-11 with Jesse Fagan (2 spaces)
- Colombia: The Llanos & More, Nov 11-21 with Jesse Fagan (spaces open)
- New Zealand, Nov 11-29 with Dan Lane & local guide (3 spaces)
- Chile, Nov 11-Dec 1 with Willy Perez & local guide (4 spaces)
- Holiday at San Isidro, Ecuador, Nov 17-26 with Mitch Lysinger (3 spaces)
- Holiday Mexico: Yucatan & Cozumel, Nov 17-26 with Chris Benesh (spaces open)
- Brazil’s Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Nov 19-30 with Marcelo Padua (spaces open)
- Vietnam, Nov 24-Dec 14 with Dave Stejskal & Doug Gochfeld (2 spaces)
Recently posted 2019 itineraries
Click on any image or link below to see the detailed itinerary for the following 2019 tours. Lots of info in these, and some great images as well!