The trip ends mid-day at Salt Lake City Airport. Trip Insurance "Over the longer term, over the next few decades, the habitat is going to ratchet down. In addition, we should see coniferous forest species including Gray and Steller’s Jays, Clark’s Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, and Red-breasted and White-breasted (interior lagunae subspecies group) Nuthatches. We’ll search for Cassia Crossbill, a newly-recognized endemic species, in the South Hills of southern Idaho. Day 1:  The tour begins with an early evening meeting in the lobby of our hotel followed by dinner. If we have time, we’ll stop at Blacks Creek Reservoir near Boise, another spot for migrant water birds, including shorebirds. Key to the evolution of the Cassia Crossbill is the absence of red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) from the lodgepole pine forests in the South Hills and Albion Mountains. White-crowned Sparrows (oriantha) breed here along with Dark-eyed Juncos. Cassia Crossbill Loxia sinesciuris. Some ten species are found here, and we’ll follow the latest reports in our search for key species like White-headed and American Three-toed Woodpeckers. This quick tour will focus on this species and a few other local specialties. Lots of Marsh Wrens and Common Yellowthroats and a variety of waterfowl should be present as well. In the sagebrush areas we should find Sage Thrasher and we have a good chance of seeing Sagebrush Sparrow. Cost is per person, double occupancy from Salt Lake City, Utah. We aim to reach Island Lake and the cirque by daybreak, for the best chance to see our target. Day 5:  We’ll drive south to the Albion Mountains where we have an excellent chance of seeing additional Cassia Crossbills. The Cassia Crossbill’s prospects are so dire that Benkman suspects the population may never recover. The Tour Manager for this tour Cost includes airport transfers, all ground transportation, accommodations, entrance fees and services of your professional leader(s). If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered. On the island, we’ll explore different areas for Black-chinned Hummingbird, Western Wood-Pewee, Burrowing Owl, Barn Owl, Western Meadowlark, Lark Sparrow, Wilson’s Warbler, and more. Registration and Cancellation Other species we might see include Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay and Ash-throated Flycatcher. Can be joined as a stand-alone trip as well. Our main targets are Himalayan Snowcock, Cassia Crossbill, and Flammulated Owl – but we’ll seek additional regional specialties including Black Swift, Chukar, Common Poorwill, Black Rosy-Finch, and Gray Partridge. Participants arriving to the USA from a foreign country may need to get a travel visa to enter the United States. Details here. Language Common name; Danish: Cassia Korsnæb: English, United States: Cassia Crossbill: French: Bec-croisé de l'Idaho: German: Idahokreuzschnabel: Japanese: Questions? Time permitting, we’ll make our first search for Cassia Crossbill. Along the 7-mile causeway that connects the island and mainland, we’ll stop to watch Franklin’s Gulls and Long-billed Curlews ceaselessly chasing millions of brine flies along the water’s edge. Upon completion of deposit, please visit our secure, online CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to complete your registration. Enjoy. Shorebird migration will be in full swing with thousands of phalaropes and Eared Grebes on the Great Salt Lake, a true spectacle! Baird’s, Least, and Western Sandpipers are regular visitors and we have a chance for Solitary Sandpiper and Red-necked Phalarope. Day 4:  If we’re completely satisfied with our Cassia Crossbill experiences, we’ll drive south to the southern Magic Valley on the west side of the South Hills. Night in Twin Falls. Our access to the wetlands is limited to a single roadside point, but in 2019 we saw many water birds here, and in the sagebrush on the hillside above we had a Green-tailed Towhee and several foraging Dusky Grouse. is Sara Pike. Other species might include Clark’s Nutcracker and maybe Williamson’s Sapsucker. We leave Salt Lake City and head to Elko, Nevada, about a 3-hour drive, which we’ll break up with several birding stops along the way. All rights reserved. They’ll lose more and more habitat. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. NOTE: If you prefer to use credit card for final payment, a 3% fee may be added to cover the credit card merchant fees we incur. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Day 2:  We’ll depart for the Sawtooth Range in Boise National Forest where our prime ornithological targets are woodpeckers. (Airport code SLC).This trip ends in same as arrival city (Airport code SLC). See above for any required visa information. Fast-paced bird-filled days should have you in and out in a weekend with a list full of life birds! Chukar, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Juniper Titmouse and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (obscura) might be near our hotel. UTAH & NEVADA: Himalayan Snowcock, Cassia Crossbill & Flammulated Owl. Pika and Mountain Goat are often seen in the cirque. They share habitat with Western Wood-Pewee, Mountain Chickadee, Pine Siskin, Western Tanager, MacGillivray’s Warbler and others. Mailing Address: For all land-based tours: full payment by check is due 120 days prior to the departure date. In the Pequop Mountains, ridges covered with pinyon-juniper woodlands, host Pinyon Jay, Juniper Titmouse, Gray Flycatcher and other birds of this specialized habitat, including the recently split Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay. Description of UTAH & NEVADA: Himalayan Snowcock, Cassia Crossbill & Flammulated Owl This short target trip to Utah, Nevada, and Idaho is designed to find … Please choose the number of people for whom you are registering. We’ll look in riparian habitats in the Sun Valley area before continuing south to the town of Twin Falls by the Snake River. Cassia Tour - Online Reservation System. If you have been on this tour, please be the first to leave a review! Call 1-866-547-9868 or Day 7: We’ll drive north to Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge. We’ll spend at least one full day in the heart of the Cassia Crossbill’s range in the South Hills, and we have an excellent chance of both seeing this species and hearing its distinctive calls. In a roadside windbreak of trees we have seen Barn and Great Horned Owls and we’ll watch for Burrowing Owl. We should see as well many other birds including Western Wood Pewee, Dusky and Hammond’s Flycatchers, Black-capped Chickadee, Lazuli Bunting, and perhaps Yellow-breasted Chat along the streams, Canyon Wren on the steep cliffs, and with luck Northern Goshawk in the conifers. email. Flammulated Owl, Black Swift We return to Utah, where we will visit Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, perhaps Utah’s most famous birding location. Night in Boise. We’ll retire fairly early, to prepare for tomorrow’s early start. The nearby beaver ponds have Spotted and Green-tailed Towhees, and “Slate-colored” Fox Sparrow is possible. Since 1993, Wildside has offered birding tours and photo workshops that adhere to strong ethical standards. Cost is $1,250 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Salt Lake City, Utah. US Citizens may require a visa to enter certain foreign countries.

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