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Birding Tour USA: Tennessee - Spring Migration 2017



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 migration birding. From high mountain habitat and bald mountaintops that attract Chestnut-sided and Blackburnian Warblers to the upper reaches above 4000ft along with Veery and Hermit Thrush, to creek-side bottom lands inhabited by the skulking Swainson’s Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush, and to lowland river-side habitat for Prothonotary Warbler and Red-headed Woodpecker, east Tennessee can have a staggering array of warblers, and 30 species can be seen in a season.

During this Birding Tour USA adventure we take ten days to explore the region for other US wood Warblers like Golden-winged, Cape May, Blue-winged, Black-and-white, and Tennessee, among the many dazzling colors. There are not only warblers but several Empidonax flycatchers, owls, night displays of Eastern Whip-poor-will, Chuck-will’s-widow, and American Woodcock, Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, and the beautiful fluting song of Wood Thrush. The fields are full of spring sparrows and Yellow-breasted Chat. The trails are easy, and the good accommodations allow us easy access to the many parks we will be visiting on this Birding Tour USA excursion.

Duration: 11 days

Limit (Group Size): 4 - 6

Date Start: May 07, 2017

Date End: May 17, 2017

Tour Start: Knoxville

Tour End: Knoxville

Price: US$2686 per person sharing, assuming 4-6 people on the tour.

Single Supplement: US$462

Price includes:
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Accommodation
Transport
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Price excludes:
International flights
Personal insurance
Alcoholic beverages
Gratuities
Laundry service
Personal expenses such as gifts

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: Owls and Other Winter Birds of Minnesota 2018

Duration: 6 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: January 11, 2018
Date End: January 16, 2018
Price: $1986 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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Birding Tour USA - Roseate Spoonbill

Birding Tour USA: Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys 2018

Duration: 10 days
Limit (Group Size): 3 - 8
Date Start: April 24, 2018
Date End: May 03, 2018
Price: US$3320 per perdon sharing assuming 5 – 8 participants; US$3849 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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Birding Tour USA - Roseate Spoonbill

Birding Tour USA: Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys 2017

Duration: 10 days
Limit (Group Size): 3 - 8
Date Start: April 24, 2017
Date End: May 03, 2017
Price: US$3074 per perdon sharing assuming 5 – 8 participants; US$3564 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

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05/20/2016



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