This trip covers a smaller area than most of our other Big Year Tours. This is because we don’t have to drive far to experience a wide diversity of habit and birdlife here. This trip focuses on the Central Coast of California hitting some of the top birding sites in the region. Nearly 500 species have been reported in California for the second week of September in eBird!
The sheer beauty of the Pacific Coast is enough to merit a trip to this region. Throw in the good birds and what is not to like? We’ll look for good birds like Yellow-billed Magpie, Tricolored Blackbird, California Condor, Wrentit, California Towhee, California Thrasher, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Oak Titmouse, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, White-tailed Kite, Elegant Tern, Heermann’s Gull, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Wandering Tattler, Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Bell’s Sparrow, and Lawrence’s Goldfinch. Wow!
And if that is not enough for you, we are taking a pelagic trip—a boat trip into the waters of Monterey Bay to look for birds only found at sea. Birds at this time of year that we may see on this trip include Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Pink-footed Shearwater, Buller’s Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Red Phalarope, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers (Long-tailed is uncommon), Cassin’s Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet, and Sabine’s Gull. Yep. You are gonna love this trip!