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Calfornia mountains and endemics 7 days.

 
 INTRODUCTION:

NOTE: THIS ITINERARY HAS BEEN REPLACED IN 2014 by this one.

Island Scrub Jay - Chris West

California add-on or California Land version.

Our other California itinerary has a lot of pelagics included, which is great for birders who love pelagics, but perhaps not so great for those birders who just can't stand the idea of spending several days at rocky seas. If you still want to see all the California endemics and more landbirds this trip is for you. 

What's different with California Mountains and Endemics

We have planned this trip as an extension to the California Endemics and Seabirds tour, so the central part of this trip includes areas and birds not covered the previous 9 days.  If you have the time we recommend you to sign up for both trips

  • We shall visit the San Bernadino and San Jacinto mountains to get birds like White-headed Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Mountain Quail, Steller's Jay, Pinyon Jay, Tri-colored Blackbird, Mountain Chickadee
  • No full day pelagics.
  • The main attraction of the extension is perhaps the day visit to Santa Cruz Island for Island Scrub Jay and several endemic sub species (look out some of these may well be future splits) of Allen’s Hummingbird, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Horned Lark, Bewick’s Wren, Loggerhead Shrike, Orange-crowned Warbler, Rufous-crowned Sparrowand Song Sparrow. Mammal lovers will be pleased of perhaps spotting a Island Gray Fox.
  • The boatride to get to Santa Cruz is quite short so the risk of sea sickness is much lower. 
  • Leisurely pace - with lots of time to enjoy the birds. Easy birding, although to get some of the endemic subspecies on Santa Cruz Island a short uphill hike is necessary.  The Scrub Jay can be seen with no particular effort.
Photo: Island Scrub Jay by Chris West


 DEPARTURES:
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If the departure dates don't fit you, please suggest another date.
 
 GALLERY OF BIRDS ON THE TOUR:
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 THE TOUR:

Mon Day 1: San Jose to San Luis Obispo.  

We'll awake early and bird our way south.  This will cover some new places, but also revisit some places we birded in the previous week, but this time at a more leisurely pace. We'll spend some time at Point Lobos, seawatching for Shearwaters, Cormorants, Loons, Murres and more, and taking in the Pygmy Nuthatches and Chestnut-backed Chickadees and Townsend's Warblers.  Night in San Luis Obispo. 

Tues Day 2: San Luis Obispo to Ventura. 

This will be another leisurely day with a morning run to Carrizo plain to look for Le Conte's Thrasher, Yellow-billed Magpie and various other birds. 
We'll bird a little bit around Santa Barbara before heading to Ventura. Night in Ventura. 

Wed Day 3: Santa Cruz Island

This will be a full day-trip to Santa Cruz Island. At the dock it is often possible to spot  On the ocean crossing keen birders will be on the look out for pelagic species such as Sooty Shearwater, Pink-footed Shearwater Cassin’s Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, Rhinoceros Auklet and with luck Scripps’s Murrelet
Our primary target  on the island will be Island Scrub-Jay - endemic for Santa Cruz - but we'll also look for the endemic subspecies of Allen’s Hummingbird, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Horned Lark, Bewick’s Wren, Loggerhead Shrike, Orange-crowned Warbler, Rufous-crowned Sparrow and Song Sparrow. We usually also see the endemic Island Gray Fox.  
 
Upon arriving back at the dock in mid-afternoon, we'll check a couple spots for California Gnatcatcher before heading towards the mountains.  Night in San Bernadino or nearby. 

Thurs-Sat  Days 4-6:  San Bernadino and San Jacinto mountains

We'll spend the next few days birding between the San Bernadino and San Jacinto mountain ranges.  
Our target birds will be montane species not found at lower elevations.  
Among these will be White-headed Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Mountain Quail, Steller's Jay, Pinyon Jay, Tri-colored Blackbird, Mountain Chickadee, possibly American Dipper.  

Sun Day 7:  Travel via Bolsa Chica to LA International.

This day will depend on how well we do during the previous days. We will probably bird our way leisurely down to the coast, visit Bolsa Chica for  California Gnatcatcher, Elegant, Royal and Forster’s Terns, Snowy Plover, Least Tern, various other shorebirds,and loop our way back to LA International where the tour will conclude.

 


 TRIP SUMMARY:
 
 PRICE :
Option: Calfornia mountains and endemics -- Days: 7
Price: US$ 1650
 
The tour includes guiding, transport in vans with one guide per van, boat trip to Santa Cruz, hotels (usually convenient motels) and checklist. Food is not included. We shall make stops for fast food during the day and sit-down dinners at night and well selected restaurants. Participants taking part in California - Endemics and Seabirds the week before enjoy a $300 discount on the second week.


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