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Cyprus
Spring migration in the Eastern Mediterranean
April 10-17, 2019: £1,745 *Reduced by £150

Situated in the Eastern Mediterranean, the island of Cyprus is an ideal staging point for migrant passerines, water birds and birds of prey during the spring. A visit in mid-April gives the opportunity to see a wide range and variety of birds. Many species of wheatear including Black-eared, Desert and Hooded occur. Ruppell’s, Subalpine, Barred, Eastern Orphean and Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler are regular while Isabelline Shrike, Cream-coloured Courser, Trumpeter Finch, Baillon’s Crake, Caspian Plover and Cinereous Bunting are among the less regular but almost annual rarities. Cyprus has two full breeding endemics – Cyprus Warbler and Cyprus Wheatear - as well as four endemic sub-species, one of which, Cyprus Scops Owl, is now accepted by some authorities as a full endemic species in its own right. Cyprus has increasing populations of Spur-winged Lapwing and Black Francolin. The trip will cover both mountain and coastal areas and is based in the coastal city of Limassol.  This tour can be combined with the island of Lesbos (see below).

Greece
Spring migration in the Eastern Mediterranean
April 18-27, 2019: £1,345 *Reduced by £150

Lesbos is the third-largest Greek Island situated in the Aegean Sea. The coast of Turkey is a few kilometres eastwards. The geographical position of Lesbos attracts migrants on their way to Turkey and beyond. The island has a varied and fascinating landscape with mountains and pinewoods in the south, rocky valleys in the centre and areas of damp meadows, wetlands and seasonal rivers running into the sea. Lesbos has some sought-after species in Rock and Kruper’s Nuthatches and the internationally scarce Cinereous Bunting. The main purpose of our visit is to witness the spectacular spring migration which takes place every year. The air can be literally alive with herons, marsh terns, birds of prey, hirundines and passerines. Kaloni Saltpans will be visited on most days for shorebirds as the numbers and variety of birds change daily. This tour to Lesbos takes in the very best of birdwatching the eastern half of the Mediterranean region. Our base will be at Skala Kaloni throughout our stay. Lesbos can be combined with our Cyprus tour (see above).

Canada
Spring migration at Long Point, Ontario
May 9-18 2019: Ground Price: £2,095  
 

Following past successful visits to Long Point in Ontario, we are once again returning to this beautiful, bird-rich area of Canada. For those fortunate to have witnessed it, a fall of North American songbirds in springtime is an exciting and memorable experience. Warblers, orioles, tanagers and grosbeaks frequently abound, their colours and characters defying adequate description. This holiday offers the opportunity to encounter many such visually stunning species. Our visit is timed to coincide with the spring migration of songbirds, mid-May being the prime period. We also search for breeding species in southern Ontario and lingering winter migrants around the Great Lakes. We have extended the tour by two days to visit the Carden Alvar area which holds several scarce species and migrants during May.

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