Overview

This tour is offered in partnership with Ventures Birding Tours.

Visit the spectacular Pacific Northwest in its finest season on this 11-day Venture to the state of Washington. We will visit the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound, the Cascade Mountains, and the Columbia River Basin, covering a vast variety of habitats both wet and dry, from scenic, rocky cliff coastlines to above the treeline, and from rain forest to high desert. Highlights will include visits to both Olympic and Mt. Rainier National Parks, where we will search the high elevations for such specialties as Clark's Nutcracker, Canada Jay, Mountain Bluebird and Sooty Grouse, among many others.

Participants will also enjoy an all-day pelagic trip exploring the submarine Gray's Canyon, located on the edge of the Continental Shelf, where we should see an excellent variety of pelagic birds such as Black-footed Albatross, Red Phalarope, South Polar Skua plus several species of shearwaters and storm-petrels, and marine mammals including whales, porpoises, sea lions and seals. Expect to see many new birds on this venture which should yield a total of close to 200 species!

Available spaces may be different to those advertised on our website.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Black-footed Albatross; Tufted Puffin; Cassin's Auklet; Pigeon Guillemot; Black Oystercatcher; Brandt's Cormorant; Heermann's & Western Gulls; Parasitic Jaeger; Varied Thrush; Townsend's Warbler; Lewis' Woodpecker; Williamson's Sapsucker; Vaux's Swift; Western Bluebird; Sage Thrasher; Lark Sparrow; Swainson's Hawk; Black-billed Magpie; Western Meadowlark; American Dipper; Pygmy Nuthatch; Cassin's Vireo; Mountain Quail; Hermit Warbler; Brewer's Sparrow; Burrowing Owl and many more!
Top Mammals
Grey, Killer, Fin, Minke & Humpback Whales; Pacific White-sided Dolphin; Dall's & Harbour Porpoises; Steller's & California Sea Lions; Northern Fur, Northern Elephant & Harbour Seals; Sea Otter; Roosevelt Elk; Olympic & Hoary Marmots, Bighorn Sheep.
Habitats Covered
rocky cliff coastlines, pelagic, shrub-steppe, above the treeline, rain forest, high desert.
Expected Climate
typically mild, expect temperatures between 59°F (15°C) and 75°F (24C°). Temperatures decrease with altitude and can be very cold when traversing mountain passes, as well as cold and wet on our pelagic.
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Ventures Leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
mostly easy
Number of Species Expected
190+
Photographic Opportunities
good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

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.

This was a short trip, but we saw a great number of really good birds, rarely seen in the US or, in some case, elsewhere. Stephan is one of the best guides I’ve traveled with and he is also very patient and very accommodating. We had a fairly large group – 10 – but I believe everyone had a chance for good views of every bird. I am looking forward to traveling with Stephan again in the near future to Barrow

We enjoyed the tor especially seeing so many warbler the first day. Stephan is a fantastic guide and makes sure that every participant gets a chance to see every bird, as much as possible. We never expected to see so many birds in Texas, and I credit Stephan with that achievement.

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.

Stephan and Claudia are a great team: Stephan is simply amazing hearing, spotting and helping all get on the relevant bird(s). As the only non-master birder and the oldest person on the trip, I thought that they both were helpful, careful and mindful of the needs of me and each of the group. Claudia often got on the bird as quickly as Stephan spotted it. The group worked for the best interest of the group. .... During a pandemic, the group acted responsibly and carefully.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
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