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Texas: Winter Rio Grande
February 15-23, 2020
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Peru: Amazon River Cruise
March 13-22, 2020
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Costa Rica Special!
Mar 31-Apr 6, 2020
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Specialties of Mit
with Diego Calderon
April 3-14, 2020
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Spain: Grand
Spring Tour

April 24-May 8, 2020
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Sri Lanka Dragonflies!
May 17-30, 2020
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Finland: Owls & Grouse
May 26-June 1, 2020

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Norway: The Accessible Arctic
June 1-7, 2020

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Shoebill & Gorilla Special!

July 20-28, 2020
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Peninsular Malaysia
July 31-Aug 12, 2020
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Brazil: Pantanal
Wildlife Safari plus Jardim
Sept 6-9/19,2020
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Chile: Condors, Penguins & Pumas
Oct 10-20, 2020
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Argentina: Valdes & the South
Oct 12-31, 2020
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Jamaica: 29 Endemics
Dec 3-9, 2020
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Serbia: Long-eared Owl Spectacle
January 11-19, 2021
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Mexico: Monarch Butterfly Special
January 31-Feb 7, 2021
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Japan: Winter Specialties
February 5-16, 2021
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Belize Winter Special
March 2021
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Sahara to Atlantic

March 21-31, 2021
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Lesvos: Spring Migration Magic!
April 16-23, 2021
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Cascades & Malheur

May 18-27, 2021
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June/July 2021
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July 25-Aug 1, 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: Birds & Wine
November 7-18, 2021
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New Zealand:
Islands of Endemics

Nov 9-29, 2021
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Capercaillie, Finland by Gina Nichol.
The diversity of landscapes and habitats of the European continent offer incredible birding opportunities. In our experience, the three top areas to bird in Europe to achieve a most comprehensive list of species are Spain, Finland & Norway, and the Greek island of Lesvos.
Sunrise Birding offers great tours to all three of these areas.
Join us to experience the European Birding Trifecta!

HoopoeSPAIN is quintessential southern Europe. This stunning country has mountain ranges, coastal plains, rolling grasslands and river valleys that offer access to an unsurpassed representation of Mediterranean species including many migrants to the region. There are Bee-eaters and Hoopoes as well as distinctly Spanish specialties such as Spanish Imperial Eagle, Lammergeier, Dupont's Lark, and Wallcreeper and such beauties as European Roller and Golden Oriole. A birding trip to Spain with its historic monuments and cultural sites is one you won't soon forget!

April 24 - May 8, 2020 Info & reservations>

Great Gray OwlFINLAND & NORWAY offer the best of northern Europe with vast taiga forests, stunning coastlines, thousands of lakes, and the arctic habitats of Lapland and the Varanger peninsula. Finland is indeed the owl capital of Europe where breeding Great Gray Owl, Ural Owl, Tawny Owl, Tengmalm's (Boreal) Owl and Pygmy Owls can be seen. Finland also has it's share of forest birds including Capercaillie, Three-toed Woodpecker, Siberian Jay, Siberian Tit, Pine Grosbeak, Red-flanked Bluetail, Arctic Warbler, and Little and Rustic Buntings and also welcomes breeding shorebirds in May and June.

Ruff in breeding plumage. Photo by Steve BirdWe run our Finland and Norway tours together for the opportunity to explore Lapland north of the Arctic Circle and the great wilderness of the Varanger peninsula. Here, spectacular mountain peaks, steep fjord bottoms and glaciers offer opportunities to see White-tailed Eagle, Ptarmigan, Dotterel, Red-necked Phalarope and thousands of ducks and seabirds. The towering sea cliffs of Hornoya, the "bird island", are home to breeding Thick-billed Murre, Shag, Puffin, and Kittiwake creating an awesome spectacle. The rocky coast and Barent's Sea offer Yellow-billed Loon, King Eider, Long-tailed Jaeger and more.

May 26 - June 1, 2020 
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June 1 - 7, 2020 
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Black StorkLESVOS, a small island in the northeast Aegean Sea is the scene of an amazing, visible migration in the spring. Masses of birds moving from their wintering grounds in Africa, up the Black Sea flyway, pass over Lesvos on their way to Europe and Asia, many of them stopping on the island to rest and feed. Shorebirds, passerines, water fowl and raptors abound in late April and local specialities including Cinerous Bunting, Black Stork and Krüper's Nuthatch are also a draw. Our Lesvos tour is always popular and we've just had two spaces open up for 2020. Don't miss it!

LESVOS: Spring Migration Magic! 2 SPACES LEFT!
April 17 - 24, 2020

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Our inaugural Sunrise Birding tour to Borneo was a great success and introduced us to a country full of fascinating wildlife! We were delighted by many aspects of this superb tour and it reminded us very much of our popular tour to the Brazilian Pantanal. Most of the birding was easy roadside birding and we enjoyed many boat trips on the Kinabatangan River allowing us to connect with many special birds and mammals. We can't wait to return in 2021. Photos & report>
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In October 2019, Gina and Steve were invited to tour the lodges of the Amazon Conservation Association with an eye to developing birding tours along the world famous Manu Road. We found the lodges to be very comfortable, the local guides amazing, and surrounding habitats to be more accessible than ever and full of birds! Stay tuned for a new Southern Peru tour to include the world famous Manu Road and the Macaw clay licks of Tambopata with an extension to Machu Picchu!
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Our first Dragonfly and nature tour to Panama was very successful as we saw close to 100 species of Odonata, 300 species of birds and a load of other cool wildlife that made this trip very special. On the tour we visited a number of different habitats giving us the best chance of seeing some of Panama’s most interesting wildlife. There were numerous highlights that included finding several species that have not been recorded in the country before like the Lemon-striped Threadtail and Williamson’s Firetail and of course seeing a Harpy Eagle in the Darien was a massive highlight for most of the group.
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Cream-colored Woodpecker by Dan Berard. Taken on our 2019 Amazon River CruiseGUATEMALA:
Tropical Paradise plus Tikal!
February 1 - 9 / 9 - 12, 2020 
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PERU: Amazon River Cruise
Aboard the luxury Zafiro
March 13 - 22, 2020 
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COSTA RICA!  New departure!
Quetzal & Hummingbird Special
March 31 - April 6, 2020
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COLOMBIA: Specialties of Mitú with Diego Calderon!  April 3 - 14, 2020
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Photo: Cream-colored Woodpecker by Dan Berard.
Taken on our 2019 Amazon River Cruise

By popular demand, Frank Mantlik and Frank Gallo will be leading a series of guided bird walks during Fall Migration at birding hotspots in central Connecticut. Schedule and details>

We're working on our schedule of 2021 TOURS! Here is what's in the works.

SERBIA: Long-eared Owl Spectacle, January 10 - 19, 2021
MEXICO: Monarch Butterfly Special! Jan 31 - Feb 7, 2021
JAPAN: Winter Specialties, Feb 5 - 16, 2021
MOROCCO: Sahara to Atlantic! March 21 - 31, 2021
LESVOS: Spring Migration Magic, April 16 - 23, 2021
OREGON: Cascades & Malhuer, May 18 - 27, 2021
BORNEO, Aug 29 - Sept 8, 2021
CHILE: Birds & Wine, November 7 - 18, 2021
NEW ZEALAND: Endemics & Seabirds! November 8 - 30, 2021

MORE BEING ADDED! Contact [email protected] for more information or to get on the list!

Seabirds at Hornoya Norway!
Seabirds at Hornoya Norway!


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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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