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Birding Tour Canada: Point Pelee, Niagara Falls, and Algonquin May 1, 2018

Point Pelee must be the most famous site in North America for the spring migration of songbirds, including 35 wood warbler species as well as brightly-colored tanagers, orioles, and many others. Across the border in Ohio, USA, the “Biggest Week in American Birding” at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory is impressive to say the least, but the Canadian side here at Point Pelee is just as good, if not even better. On the American side the birds fatten up and wait for the right weather conditions before crossing Lake Erie into Canada. On arrival they are wary and hungry. The warblers are spectacularly colorful – Blackburnian Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, the very unique Black-throated Blue Warbler, and a host of others always entertain us. Also we always try to pick out the rare ones, including the rarest of all, the highly sought-after Kirtland’s Warbler. A “fallout” is always hoped for, which makes the already spectacular migration event even more exciting! We also spend time at Algonquin Park, seeking Boreal specials in the form of Black-backed Woodpecker, Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, and other desirables.
We’ll also have time for a few other sites, where we may find waterbirds, Bobolink, and many others, along with otter, moose, and other mammals. Even wolf is possible on this tour, although it needs a large amount of luck.

Duration: 12 days

Limit (Group Size): 12 (We have a higher limit for this than for most tours.)

Spaces Available: 10

Date Start: May 01, 2018

Date End: May 12, 2018

Tour Start: Toronto

Tour End: Toronto

Price: US$2,550 per person sharing, plus 13% Harmonized Sales Tax for Canadians, 6.5% for non-Canadians

Single Supplement: US$555

Price includes:
All accommodation while on tour
All meals while on tour
Bottled water
Private transportation
Park entrance fees
Guiding fees
Price excludes:
International flights
Tips and items of a personal nature (such as gifts and laundry)

Birding Tour USA - Black-throated Blue Warbler

Birding Tour USA: Tennessee - Spring Migration 2019

Duration: 11 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 6
Date Start: May 07, 2019
Date End: May 17, 2019
Price: US$3133 per person sharing, assuming 4-6 people on the tour.
Details: Welcome to our next ‘Birding Tour USA’ adventure. The Appalachian range of mountains running through east Tennessee is along the major eastern flyway and is a great spot to do some spring

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Birding Tour USA - Black-throated Blue Warbler

Birding Tour USA: Tennessee - Spring Migration 2018

Duration: 11 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 6
Date Start: May 07, 2018
Date End: May 17, 2018
Price: US$2901 per person sharing, assuming 4-6 people on the tour.
Details: Welcome to our next ‘Birding Tour USA’ adventure. The Appalachian range of mountains running through east Tennessee is along the major eastern flyway and is a great spot to do some spring

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Birding Tour USA - Boreal Owl - Jari Peltomäki

Birding Tour USA: Owls and Other Winter Birds of Minnesota 2019

Duration: 6 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: January 11, 2019
Date End: January 16, 2019
Price: US$2145 per person sharing, assuming 4-8 participants
Details: One of the best places for owls in the US winter is in Duluth, Minnesota. This is our destination for this Birding Tour USA adventure. Up here there is a chance for irruptive Owls like Snowy and Borea

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Atlantic Puffin by Jari Peltomäki

Birding Tour USA: Maine - Coastal Maine by Land and Sea 2018

Limit (Group Size): 3 - 7
Date Start: June 21, 2018
Date End: June 27, 2018
Price: US$2725 per person
Details: The trip will begin by exploring the boreal forests of Acadia National Park, Cadillac Mountain. Here we might expect to see Western Osprey and Bald Eagle as well as smaller boreal species such as Grey

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Birding Tour USA - Roseate Spoonbill

Birding Tour USA: Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys 2019

Duration: 10 days
Limit (Group Size): 3 - 8
Date Start: April 24, 2019
Date End: May 03, 2019
Price: US$3586 per person sharing assuming 5 – 8 participants; US$4157 per person sharing assuming 3 – 4 participants
Details: Welcome to the next tour in our Birding Tour USA collection. On a map, the finger-like state of Florida protrudes prominently from the continental United States, reaching south towards the Caribbean u

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Chris I sent a longer analysis of the Florida trip to Stephan, which I will forward to you. Again, my thanks for a truly memorable experience. The trip was spectacularly successful. I chose Birding Ecotours because other trips were full, and I couldn’t be happier. On a purely practical note, with three rather inexperienced birders as the participants we picked up a variety of birds missed by other birders. But the final bird list doesn’t really cover why this tour was so vastly superior. This was my first birding trip ever with less than 12 participants, and the advantages of a small group are monumental – no battling for seats, no squabbling over who saw what, no battles to get to the leader’s scope when the Resplendent Quetzal finally comes into view. In fact, there were no squabbles at all on our trip Hotels were quite well chosen, despite some early problems with accepting South African addresses, etc., and the restaurants worked out quite nicely. Mexican restaurant would be my only quibble – a bit heavy for our over 60s group. One of us simply said he wouldn’t be on the lookout for Mexican restaurants in the future. But then he also discovered Key Lime pie and had it four nights, not to mention the Key Lime ice cream along the way. The balance of Cuban unique restaurants with seafood and steak houses worked out quite nicely, and the final two nights at Cracker Barrel were a big hit. Big hit too were the home-made lunches – they were actually better than the Subway lunches of the last few days and they extended our birding times quite dramatically But the tour only really worked because of Stephan – he’s a gifted birder – that’s a given on any tour these days, but he’s also extremely good with people. In my note to him I mentioned how impressed I was with his interactions with the other participants. They were new to American birding, so we had lots of initial sightings of grackles and starlings. But Stephan patiently looked at all their sightings, and soon they were finding some rather wonderful birds. Main point – he never made them feel bad – something many guides need to learn, believe me. And Stephan really knew the territory – I have no qualms about any of his choices, though I might have questioned a few at the time. There were virtually no migrating birds, and we still got 20 warblers. We also got close to 180 species without that much luck either. We missed the Thick-billed Vireo by one day, and others easily picked up the Smooth-billed Ani at the same location we has scoured a day earlier. But then we got all three cowbirds in an afternoon and had great looks at multiple Prothonotary Warblers, a bird everyone else missed this year. And we birded both the first day and the last – not something most tours do, and he even saved the Spot-breasted Oriole for our last bird. Bottom line, Stephan is equal in his birding skills to any guide I’ve been with. More importantly, he’s the best overall guide I have ever experienced – a people-person who knows birds.  I highly recommend him on any tour he might be leading and love to bird with him again. So, I had never heard of your tour company and only signed on because it was all that was available on dates my wife had to be in Florida. The serendipitous result was one of the most rewarding birding experiences of my rather long birding career. I strongly recommend your company to anyone and even more strongly recommend the value of small group tours – they are worth every extra penny. My thanks for all your help, and I hope to be on one of your tours in the future. Kieran

John Kieran Kealy, Canada

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