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Costa Rica I:
Quetzal/Humm Special

Jan 31-Feb 6, 2021
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Japan: Winter Specialties
February 5-16, 2021
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Guatemala Easy!
February 13-19, 2021
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Northwest Argentina
with Eduardo Patrial
February 13-28, 2021
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Texas: Winter Rarities & Specialties
February 13-21, 2021
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Sahara to Atlantic

March 21-31, 2021
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Costa Rica II:
Quetzal/Humm Special

March 27-April 2, 2021
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Lesvos: Spring Migration Magic!
April 16-23, 2021
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Spain: Spring Spectacular!
April 21-May 5, 2021
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Colombia: Specialties of Mitú
May TBA 2021
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Bulgaria: Spring in the Balkans
May 5-14, 2021
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Finland: Owls, Grouse & more!
May 22-28, 2021
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Norway: Lapland & Varanger
May 28-June 3, 2021
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Mongolia: Snow Leopards & more!
June 5-19, 2021
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July 25-Aug 1, 2021
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Brazil: Pantanal
Wildlife Safari plus Jardim
Aug 17/20-30, 2021
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Borneo: Sabah
Plus Borneo Rainforest Lodge
Aug 29-Sep 12, 2021
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October 2021
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Chile: Condors, Penguins & Pumas
Oct 9-19, 2021
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Argentina: Valdes & the South
Oct 22-31, 2021
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Chile: Birds & Wine
November 7-18, 2021
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New Zealand:
Islands of Endemics

Nov 9-29, 2021
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Jamaica: 29 Endemics
Dec 4-10, 2021
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Serbia: Long-eared Owl Spectacle
January 15-23, 2022
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Honduras Easy!
February 19-27, 2022
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Costa Rica I:
Quetzal/Humm Special

March 5-11, 2022
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Brazil: Pantanal
Wildlife Safari plus Jardim
July 18-27/31, 2022
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Baird's Sandpiper, West Haven, CT, August 23, 2020. Photo by Gina Nichol.
Baird's Sandpiper, West Haven, CT, August 23, 2020. Photo by Gina Nichol.

FALL 2020 - Update   

Greetings Birders!
Fall migration has begun here in southern New England. Shorebirds have been coming through and raptors are not far behind. This handsome Baird's Sandpiper is among the birds that have graced our shores in recent weeks. We can't help but embrace the excitement of fall migration and I hope you are able to witness and enjoy it safely. I recently attended a very interesting webinar from Cornell about BirdCast>. BirdCast forecasts migration in North America in real time.  Check BirdCast out> 

We will be traveling again soon. On August 6, the CDC and US state department lifted the Level 4 Global Health Advisory and is returning to the previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice. Details are at this link>  Countries are opening up and we are monitoring the situation carefully. This link goes to CDC: COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination>

Sunrise Birding is featured in the September issue of Connecticut Magazine in an article by Todd McLeish (pdf download)> and he is absolutely right, we can't wait to get back to showing you wildlife.

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Put your name on a tour. Let us know what tours you are interested in so we can contact you when it's time to commit. Contact [email protected] or complete our online inquiry form>

As we long for travel to resume, check out the reports and photos from our past trips> 
I recommend BORNEO> or NEW ZEALAND>
and there are many others.

Stay safe and keep in touch!

Gina & the Sunrise Birding team

Past News (in case you missed it):  

Ruby-throated Hummingbird by Steve Bird.STEVE BIRD ORIGINALS
In the meantime, Steve is continuing to illustrate and paint again after a long hiatus. He is willing to do commissions, especially of species seen with us on past trips. See more of Steve's original art here> Contact Steve to discuss options
at [email protected]

We also offer private tours, including domestic, international and private local birding tours in southern New England. If you have questions, want to arrange a private tour, or want us to pencil you in for an upcoming group tour so that you have something to look forward to, we'd love to hear from you.

Stay well and good birding!

Gina & the Sunrise Birding Team
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Steller's Sea Eagle, Rausu, Japan. Photo by Gina Nichol.JAPAN! Trip highlights

Our 2020 Japan tour featured incredible wildlife spectacles of Cranes, Snow Monkeys, Steller's Sea and White-tailed Eagles, and fantastic views of Blakiston's Fish Owl in Rausu.  Highlights and videos are posted here> 

Our next trip is filling now. Don't miss the amazing wildlife of Japan!  Contact [email protected] to hold your place!

JAPAN! Cranes, Eagles, Owls
& Snow Monkeys!
February 5 - 16, 2021
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Photo: Steller's Sea Eagle by Gina Nichol.
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with Eduardo Patrial

February 13 - 28, 2021
Famed for its attractive unspoiled scenery, northwest Argentina offers the birder a wealth of rare and spectacular birds. From the beautiful Yungas Cloud forests to tumbling mountain streams, Monte Desert, White-fronted WoodpeckersCacti Scrubland, Altiplano and high Andean Grasslands, we will not only be entranced by the outstanding beauty of this country, we will also be able to see many endemic and much sought after species.
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BULGARIA: Spring in the Balkans
May 5 - 14, 2021
Bulgaria stands at a crossroads on the Balkan Peninsula which 'separates' Europe and Asia. Because of this, Bulgaria has become one of Europe's best bird watching destinations. It is the gateway to many eastern European species and several Asiatic species which can be found on the western-most edge of their range. There is a vast range of habitats to discover and over 420 species have been recorded in this stunningly beautiful country and it is not uncommon to record 200 species during a 9-day tour such as ours. More info>


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Sunrise Birding's ethos is to provide the best possible birding experience for the best value. We maintain high standards and have gained a reputation for using the best local guides in combination with our expert leaders and finding the target species and seeing them well—all at a reasonable pace and for a value price. See what the buzz is about! The photo galleries, trip reports, and clients speak for themselves! A complete schedule of Sunrise Birding LLC events is online at this link>   

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Pied Avocets. Lesvos 2016. Photo by Gina Nichol.
Pied Avocets. Lesvos 2016. Photo by Gina Nichol. Trip Report>

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