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Southern California Birding: Resident Specialties and Fall Migrants

Anyone who has never birded California should come away from this trip with an impressive list of life birds, including many California-named species: California Quail, California Gull, California Gnatcatcher, California Thrasher, California Towhee - and maybe even a California Condor.

More details about this trip:

Of course, the state-endemic Island Scrub-Jay and Yellow-billed Magpie are a prime reason for birding in California. Other likely specialties include Wandering Tattler, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Heerman's Gull, Yellow-footed Gull, Elegant Tern, Vaux's Swift, Costa's Hummingbird, Nuttall's Woodpecker, Hutton's Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse and Le Conte's Thrasher. There are good possibilities to see Mountain Quail, White-headed Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Allen's Hummingbird, Townsend's Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Bell's Sparrow, Tricolored Blackbird.

Pricing: $2,090 USD, or £1,540 GBP for 8 Days and 7 Nights


Group Size: Price is based upon 5 to 8 participants, with most tours viable at 5 participants.



Upcoming Dates: 

September 10 to 17, 2021

We cover a large portion of southern California, from the Pacific coast, to the Channel Islands, up into the mountains, and down to the hot, dry and very birdy Salton Sea! You can expect to see around 175 bird species on this trip. This birding trip to southern California begins on a Monday to allow participants the opportunity to join a pelagic birding trip on the weekend before. We are happy to help you organize this if desired.


Mountain Quail, California Quail, Gambel's Quail, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Black Storm-Petrel, Brandt's Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, California Condor, White-tailed Kite, Ridgway's Rail, Black Oystercatcher, Pacific Golden-Plover, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Wandering Tattler, Heermann's Gull ,Western Gull, Yellow-footed Gull, California Gull, Elegant Tern, Spotted Dove, Vaux's Swift, Anna's Hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird, Allen's Hummingbird, Acorn Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Nuttall's Woodpecker, White-headed Woodpecker, Hutton's Vireo, Island Scrub-Jay, California Scrub-Jay, Yellow-billed Magpie, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Oak Titmouse, Verdin, California Gnatcatcher, Wrentit, California Thrasher, Le Conte's Thrasher, Townsend's Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Bell's Sparrow, California Towhee, Tricolored Blackbird.


Opossum, Raccoon, Ring-tailed Cat, Sea Otter, Striped Skunk, Coyote, Mountain Lion, Bobcat, California Sea Lion, Harbor Seal, California Ground-Squirrel, Black-tailed Jackrabbit, Desert Cottontail, Mule Deer, Bighorn Sheep, Humpback Whale, Blue Whale.

Special Sites

Channel Islands, Mt. Pinos, San Bernardino Mountains, Salton Sea, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

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