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Birding Tour USA: Alabama - Dauphin Island 2019



This tour will concentrate on birding the greater Dauphin Island area, with its famous Shell Mound and Goat Tree migrant traps. This section of the Gulf Coast is where migrants get their first view of land after crossing the Gulf of Mexico. It is a great landing area for travel-weary migrants. Due to the constant arrival of new migrants, birding daily in some of these great locations is likely to provide an entirely different assortment of birds. Fort Morgan, Bon Secour, and Henderson Camp Road will provide a diverse group of songbirds, shorebirds, raptors, and long-legged waders. You’ll stay in the same beach house every night of the tour, which means you will only have to unpack your bags once! The house will give us a friendly, family atmosphere and help to keep the cost as low as possible. And nothing beats a homemade breakfast!

Some of the specials that we hope to find on this trip include American White Pelican, Magnificent Frigatebird, Northern Gannet, Least Bittern, Tricolored Heron, Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite, Clapper Rail, Common Gallinule, Black-necked Stilt, Marbled Godwit, Black-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Prothonotary Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Blue Grosbeak, and Painted Bunting.

Duration: 8 days

Limit (Group Size): 3 – 7 (up to 10 with two guides)

Date Start: April 14, 2019

Date End: April 21, 2019

Tour Start: Mobile, Alabama

Tour End: Mobile, Alabama

Price: US$2884 per person

Single Supplement: To be announced

Price includes:
Meals
Accommodation
Guiding fees
Entrance fees
All transport while on tour
Tolls


Price excludes:
All domestic and international flights
Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts
Alcoholic drinks
Personal insurance
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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: 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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Birding Tour USA: Maine - Coastal Maine by Land and Sea 2019

Limit (Group Size): 3 - 7
Date Start: June 21, 2019
Date End: June 27, 2019
Price: US$2943 per person sharing
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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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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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
05/20/2016



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