Birding Tour USA: Complete California - Mountains, Ocean, and Desert 2018

Duration: 14 days

The mention of California usually conjures up visions of scenic mountain vistas, the blue Pacific, and sun-baked deserts of the south. The birds are no less spectacular, with everything from Black-footed Albatross to Lawrence’s Goldfinch possible. During this two-week tour we will search for many of California’s resident species as well as a number of migrating species. We will visit a vast array of habitats, including marshlands and tidal wetlands around Monterey Bay and Bodega Bay, the scenic Sierras rich with montane birds (including seven species of woodpeckers), and the sage-filled lands east of the Sierras that harbor Sage Grouse and Mountain Bluebird.

Mixed oak woodlands will be birded intensely, as they contain several species of owls and passerines that are not easily found in other habitats. Two Shearwater Journeys pelagic trips are included for pelagic species such as Long-tailed Jaeger, South Polar Skua, Buller’s Shearwater, and Ashy Storm Petrel. On these trips and a Santa Cruz Island boat ride there is an excellent chance to observe whales, including Humpback Whale and the magnificent Blue Whale!

If you wish to continue the adventure, there is an extension to Southern California with stops in various habitats for California Gnatcatcher, Spotted Dove, Allen’s Hummingbird, and a trip to the Salton Sea. Please see Birding Tour USA: California Extension – San Diego and the Salton Sea 2018 (20 – 24 September 2018) for more information

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