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January 29th, 2013
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Join me for a birding tour of England and Scotland

On behalf of Rick Taylor’s company, Borderland Tours, and Tucson Audubon Society, I’ll be leading an exciting tour of England and Scotland in May/June 2013. It promises to be an excellent tour of birding and ancient British culture. Rick and I did the tour last year with great success, so I’m really looking forward to returning to ‘The Old Country’ for another go around.

As we were last year, this year we’ll be ably assisted by the acclaimed wildilfe artist, Andy Mackay. Andy is not only a great birder and birding guide, he also happens to be my best friend and birding mentor. What’s more, we’ll also be joined by the Executive Director of Tucson Audubon Society, Dr. Paul Green. Paul is another good friend of mine and another fellow Brit, so the expertise on this tour will be second to none.

We’ll be looking for some of the UK’s most iconic species. In Norfolk, England, we’ll find birds such as Bearded Tit (Reedling), Green Woodpecker, Grey Partridge, Marsh Harrier, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, Firecrest, Dartford Warbler, Common Nightjar and a host of shorebirds, warblers and finches. Heading north to Scotland, we’ll search for White-tailed and Golden Eagles, Rock Ptarmigan, Red (Willow) Grouse, Crested Tit, White-throated Dipper, Red Kite and the elusive Capercaillie. We’ll find all the common birds of Britain, from Northern Lapwing to European Robin, Long-tailed Tit to European Bullfinch. It won’t be the longest bird list in the history of birding tours, but the quality is right up there.

And is if that isn’t enough, the entire tour takes place among Britain’s finest scenery, from the enigmatic coastal marshes of Norfolk to the beautiful island of Skye, and the impressively wild Cairngorm mountains of central Scotland.

Still want more? There’s an optional extra trip to the fabulous Shetland Isles, the northernmost of Britain’s Islands. Along with archaeological sites dating back 2,400 years and breathtaking, rugged scenery, we’ll visit some of Europe’s most impressive seabird colonies with thousands of Atlantic Puffins, Northern Gannets, Razorbills and Great Skuas, and search for specialist birds from Twite to European Storm-Petrel. There’s even a chance we’ll see European Hedgehog, European Otter and Killer Whale.

For more information, please see the full tour details on the Tucson Audubon Society website or at Borderland Tours. Don’t miss this opportunity for a uniquely British tour of a lifetime!

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