Friday, February 5, 2010

Codroy Valley Birding Tour Announced!!!

I'm really excited to announce this summers 5 day birding tour in the scenic Codroy Valley in south western Newfoundland. This is by far the most bird rich area on the island and over 100 species should be seen on this tour. There will be something for everyone,visitors and locals alike. We'll see many species that cannot be seen anywhere else in Newfoundland,such as Piping Plover, Ruby-throated Hummingbird,Northern Parula,Blackburnian Warbler,Bay-breasted Warbler, Cape May Warbler and many many more. Aside from those, we'll also see a nice sampling of the islands boreal birds as well,including Pine Grosbeak, Boreal Chickadee,Black-backed Woodpecker etc. We should also see a good selection of seabirds as well, and we can designate more or less time on these species,depending in the groups interest.

Aside from the birds, the entire area is incredibly scenic and our accommodations provide an amazing view of the Great Codroy Estuary and the Long Range Mountains. We'll be based in the Codroy Valley for the duration of the tour and as mentioned above, our focus will largely depend on the interest level of the participants. I'm a huge bird photography enthusiast and there will be many great photo opportunities. For the photographers in the group,we will have lots of time to get some amazing photos.

Sunset at Searston Beach, also an amazing palce to see Common and Artic Terns and Great Blue Herons at close range.

Part of the view from the cottges,where we'll be staying.

As seen on the add above, the cost for the tour is just $1650.00 (based on double occupancy- $350 single supplement)for a full five days and nights!Those who have been on birding tours before, or who have researched them online, will notice this tour is significantly less expensive than other, similar tours. As well,this will be much more customized than many of those tours and when the tour fills I will speak with each participant to ensure that the itinerary meets their needs. For that reason I am not releasing a full itinerary at this time. I can say however, that this will be a full out birding tour,there will be little time spent in vehicles once we reach the Codroy Valley.

For those who are considering travelling from outside Newdoundland to take part in this tour, please contact me by email at to discuss travel plans and transportation.

The tour will run from June 7th-11th. We will begin early on the morning of the 7th. It is recommended that you arrive on June 6th to get settled in and ready to go on the 7th. Breakfasts and lunches are included on all days, as is dinner on the evening of the 11th. As with most of my tours,I intend on offering a learning component and there will be plenty of time available for learning during this tour,both about birding and bird photography.

I'm only accepting a maximum of 6 participants for this tour and I expect it to fill quickly.To book your place, or to request more information please contact me via email. A $500 deposit is required by April 1st to ensure I can book the accommodations.

Also stay tuned for other happening including spring seabird and songbird blitzes. As well, I will be available for private or group tours this spring,especially for those interested in searching for European vagrants,such as European Golden Plover and seabirds. If you are considering a trip those spring make sure you contact me asap to insure my availability.

Note: I will be in the Codroy Valley from around May 15th through the end of June. If the scheduled dates do not work for you,pelase contact me and I can arrange a private tour, or day trip that suits your needs.

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