Overview

Southern California is the most biodiverse area in the United States. This is explained by the incredible array of habitats in a very small area. During this tour we will visit the edge of the Mojave Desert, seek out the once almost extinct Californian Condor, take a boat ride to the Channel Islands and bird various mountains, wetlands and the Pacific Ocean coast. This will allow us to see a superb diversity of birds and other wildlife and with minimal travel! Boasting one of the best climates in the world, this tour is suitable year-round.

2022 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
California Condor; Island Scrub Jay; Yellow-billed Magpie; LeConte’s Thrasher; Bell’s, Fox, Rufous-crowned, Golden-crowned & Sagebrush Sparrows; Wrentit; California Quail; Nuttall’s & White-headed Woodpeckers; Ridgway’s Rail; Greater Roadrunner; Cactus Wren; California Gnatcatcher; Ferruginous Hawk; Prairie Falcon; White-tailed Kite; Tricolored Blackbird; Surfbird; Black Turnstone; Black Oystercatcher; Wandering Tattler; Clark’s Nutcracker; Williamson’s & Red-breasted Sapsuckers; Red Crossbill; Cassin’s Finch; Black-vented Shearwater; Red-tailed Hawk; Ross’s & Greater White-fronted Geese; Mountain Plover; Mountain Bluebird. ABA Countable species: Red-crowned Amazon; Scaly-breasted Munia; Yellow-chevroned Parakeet; Red-whiskered Bulbul.
Top Mammals
Gray Whale; Island Fox
Habitats Covered
coastal beaches, California sage scrub, oak chaparral, montane pine woodland, desert
Expected Climate
overnight lows down to 40F (5C), potentially cooler in the desert, with daytime highs in Los Angeles in December averaging 67F (20C) but as high as 80F (27C) plus. Rain is possible during the winter months.
Max Group Size
1 - 5 with 1 Rockjumper Leader / 6 - 10 with 2 Rockjumper Leaders
Tour Pace & Walking
the tour pace is fairly easy though we will be out all day most of the days. Walks will be short and mainly over paved terrain. We are also based in the one hotel for the whole trip so there are no repacking and moving days.
Accommodation
single comfortable hotel
Ease of Birding
generally easy, though species like Mountain Quail will require some luck.
Other Attractions
fantastic scenery, excellent reptile diversity.
Photographic Opportunities
excellent photo ops of bird and landscapes
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The group saw 24 warblers (me 21) & I was elated!! Not to mention all the other quality birds. Stephen was superb. There were 13 of us & tho a high count of clients by RBT standards, it worked very well-we were lucky too-a fallout. Thanks Stephan thanks RBT.

It really was a great trip with some difficult developments handled well. Flights out of Barrow were cancelled due to fog and Leader Stephan Lorenz and Claudia worked hours to get booked on a replacement charter flight by Alaska air. While doing so Stephan also added birding drives which were productive. As usual on tours led by Stephan he persisted to track down every possible bird. I have done two tours with Stephan and Claudia and have been extremely pleased with there professionalism and dedication to providing a satisfying experience.

The hotel was a very nice place to stay and it was so nice staying in one place the entire tour. Stephan was an excellent guide and a very safe driver, He went out of his way to find the birds for us and he made sure that everyone saw them. I also admired Stephan's concern for other wildlife and how he would make the effort to move them to a safer location.

I just wanted you to know that the trip to Texas with Stefan and Claudia went fantastic. The birding was unbelievable and the logistics to pull that all off in such a large state as Texas were near flawless. Stefan is an amazing birder and his persistence and patience made certain everyone got on the birds; the views were amazing. Claudia was a great help for him and was fantastic at quickly getting the scope on the birds as well. It was all wonderful Rockjumper birding until you drop at its finest! On side notes, the food was great.

We enjoyed the tour. Stephan was great in every way and Claudia also terrific. The locations were interesting. The Lost Maples area was really lovely. The bat cave experience was amazing!

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