Saturday, March 2, 2013

CAS trip to Ecuador (Nov 2013)

Over the next year I'll be leading or co-leading a few overnight tours for Connecticut Audubon Society. I will keep links to these trips in the sidebar to the right. Join us for high quality birding, culture, and great fun! Nonmembers from anywhere in the world are welcome of course!

Ecuador's Highlands!
November 16-25, 2013
Visit the High Barren Plains, Highland Rainforest, Paramo, Cloud Forest, and Tropical Rainforest eco-systems. Stay at lodges located inside private reserves! Lodges are environmentally friendly and offer outstanding services. With over 1,000 species of birds (60 species of hummingbird) and 300 varieties of orchids, this itinerary offers plenty for birders and photographers. The biodiversity here is stunning. Immerse yourself in all that is Ecuador!

For more information, check out the CAS EcoTravel website and call the office for a brochure!

[Update 8/27/13 - This trip has MANY spaces left and is in danger of not going. Of my three overnight trips for the upcoming fall/winter, this is the one I figured was a shoe-in to go because the birding is nothing short of incredible. Maybe next year!]

 - Nick

CAS trip to Caribbean Islands (Jan/Feb 2014)

Over the next year I'll be leading or co-leading a few overnight tours for Connecticut Audubon Society. I will keep links to these trips in the sidebar to the right. Join us for high quality birding, culture, and great fun! Nonmembers from anywhere in the world are welcome of course!

Caribbean Island Hopping
Jan 27- Feb 7, 2014
Island hop in luxury through the southern Caribbean in search of the islands' endemic birds. Stops include St. Maarten, Dominica, Martinique, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay. We will be teaming up with local guides to help search for birds and all that makes each island unique. Nights are aboard Holland America's ms Noordam enjoying the comforts and outstanding ocean views.

For more information, check out the CAS EcoTravel website and call the office for a brochure!

[Update 8/27/13 - This trip is a GO but there is still space. Join us!]

 - Nick

CAS trip to Hawk Mountain, PA (Oct 2013)

Over the next year I'll be leading or co-leading a few overnight tours for Connecticut Audubon Society. I will keep links to these trips in the sidebar to the right. Join us for high quality birding, culture, and great fun! Nonmembers from anywhere in the world are welcome of course!

Hawk Mountain, PA
October 18-20, 2013
This van trip from Connecticut features a long weekend at one of the premier inland hawkwatching sites in the eastern US. This 2,000+ acre sanctuary in the Kittatinny Ridge of eastern PA is famous for its average of 24,000 migrant birds of prey each autumn. If the winds are from the northwest, this spot can give you an experience to remember with hundreds of birds right at eye level. En route, travelers stop at birding hotspots in search of shorebirds, waterfowl, and other birds of interest.

American Kestrel

Golden Eagle

Peregrine Falcon

For more information, check out the CAS EcoTravel website and call the office for a brochure!

[Update 8/27/13 - This trip is a GO, but space is still available. Join us!]

 - Nick

CAS redpolls!

Last Sunday two vans full of Connecticut Audubon Society members joined me for a day trip to northwest Connecticut in search of winter finches. Redpolls stole the show as hoped for. We tallied several hundred Common Redpolls on the day which was a life bird for a few participants. Among the masses of Commons we were able to pick out at least two HOARY REDPOLLS, one of which gave prolonged views to everyone in the group. It happened to be the same individual that I photographed at this feeder a few weeks prior, pictured below next to a Common Redpoll.

Hoary Redpoll with Commons
The Hoary took "bird of the day" honors and was a life bird for nearly everyone in the group.

 - NB