Trip Reports & Sightings

Posted by Ian Merrill

Madeira - 8th to 15th August 2009, author Ian Merrill (added September 7, 2009)
(Zino's, Fea's and Bulwer's Petrels, Macaronesian Shearwater, Madeiran Storm-Petrel, Sperm Whale and Monk Seal)

Croatia - 4th - 7th May 2013 - In Search of the Rock Partridge, author Ian Merrill (added September 5, 2013)
(Rock Partridge, Sombre Tit, Eastern Orphean Warbler)

Madagascar 2007: 25th August to 15th September, author Ian Merrill (added September 3, 2008)
(3 mesites, White-browed and Madagascar Long-eared Owls, 5 ground-rollers, 2 asites, 2 sunbird-asites, Helmet Vanga, 26 lemur species)

Canary Islands 2008: Tenerife, Fuerteventura and La Gomera 12th - 18th March 2008, author Ian Merrill (added September 3, 2008)
(Tenerife, Fuerteventura and La Gomera. Highlights Houbara Bustard, Laurel Pigeon, Canary Island Stonechat, Blue Chaffinch)

Unexpected India: Haryana and Uttar Pradesh - 19th to 26th April 2010, author Ian Merrill (added September 26, 2010)
(Cheer and Koklass Pheasants, Long-billed Thrush, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Spot-winged Starling and Sind Sparrow)

Poland - 16th to 22nd June 2005, author Ian Merrill (added October 9, 2005)

The Big Midwest Vacation - Colorado and Wyoming - 17th June to 2nd July 2006, author Ian Merrill (added October 25, 2006)
(Gunnison Sage Grouse, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Black Swift, American Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers, Black & Brown-capped Rosy Finches, McCown's & Chestnut-collared Longspurs)

The Big Midwest Vacation - Colorado and Wyoming - 17th June to 2nd July 2006, author Ian Merrill (link created October 25, 2006)
(Gunnison Sage Grouse, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Black Swift, American Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers, Black & Brown-capped Rosy Finches, McCown's & Chestnut-collared Longspurs)

Uganda - 28th May - 13th June 2004, author Ian Merrill (added October 19, 2004)

Arizona: 2nd to 19th May 2015, author Ian Merrill (link created November 2, 2015)
(Sites visited: Santa Catalina, Santa Rita, Huachuca and Chiricahua Mountains, Tucson, Phoenix, Grand Canyon and Monument Valley)

North-eastern South Africa - 27th September - 11th October 2008, author Ian Merrill (added November 14, 2008)
(Highlights: Taita Falcon, Barrow's and Blue Korhaans, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Cape Parrot, Cape Eagle Owl, Knysna Woodpecker, Short-clawed, Rudd's and Botha's Larks, Blue Swallow, Spotted Ground-Thrush, Drakensberg Rockjumper, Pink-throated Twinspot)

Alaska: 28th May to 13th June 2016, author Ian Merrill (link created May 9, 2017)
(Spectacled Eider, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Parakeet and Crested Auklets, Horned and Tufted Puffins, Red-legged Kittiwake, Aleutian Tern, Smith’s Longspur and three Polar Bears)

Japan 2007: Honshu, Kyushu and Hokkaido - 18th February to 4th March 2007, author Ian Merrill (added May 9, 2007)
(Japan in winter is a ‘must-do birding trip’ with Steller’s and White-tailed Eagles, Red-crowned Cranes and Blakiston’s Fish-Owls)

The Trench Foot Tour - Philippines 2006: South Luzon, Mindanao and Palawan - 4th to 18th February 2006, author Ian Merrill (added May 15, 2006)
(As one of the most physically demanding, rain-drenched and sleepless trips draws to a conclusion, it will not, however, be the hardship that will stick in the memory. It will be the awesome adult Philippine Eagle calling in the canopy above our heads.....)

Chile: 18th November to 10th December 2011, author Ian Merrill (added March 30, 2012)
(Rufous-tailed Hawk, Horned Coot, Rufous-chested Dotterel, White-bellied Seedsnipe, Red-backed Sierra-Finch, Canary-winged and Yellow-bridled Finches)

Morocco 2010: 22nd February to 1st March, author Ian Merrill (added March 30, 2010)
(Thick-billed Lark and Pharaoh Eagle-Owl)

Ghana - 4th to 18th December 2010, author Ian Merrill (added March 14, 2011)
(Long-tailed Hawk, Akun Eagle-Owl, Fraser's Eagle-Owl, Chestnut Owlet, Red-chested Owlet, Brown Nightjar, Black Dwarf Hornbill, Yellow-casqued Hornbill, Yellow-headed Picathartes, Capuchin Babbler, Red-fronted Antpecker)

Mallorca - 6th to 10th April 2012, author Ian Merrill (added June 30, 2012)
(Balearic Warbler)

Southern Ecuador: 2nd to 16th April 2011, author Ian Merrill (added June 19, 2011)
(Dark-backed Wood-Quail, Andean Potoo, Lanceolated Monklet, Moustached and Jocotoco Antpittas, Ocellated Tapaculo, Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Orange-throated Tanager, Tanager Finch.)

New York City and Long Island: 14th to 21st January 2012, author Ian Merrill (added June 14, 2012)
(Hooded Merganser, White-winged and Black Scoters, Eastern Screech-Owl, 'Red' Fox Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow)

Southern and West-Central Peru - 27th August to 16th September 2006, author Ian Merrill (added June 14, 2007)
(730 species seen in three weeks, including Junin Grebe, Blue-headed Macaw, Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Royal and White-bellied Cincloides, Peruvian Recurvebill, Rufous-fronted Antthrush and Red-and-white Antpitta.)

North West Thailand and Central Cambodia - 23rd February to 12th March 2019, author Ian Merrill (link created July 7, 2019)
(Mrs Hume’s Pheasant, Bamboo Woodpecker, Jerdon’s Bushchat. Cambodia: Giant and White-shouldered Ibis, Pale-capped Pigeon, White-rumped Falcon)

Finland - 14th to 18th May 2011, author Ian Merrill (added July 5, 2011)
(Ural Owl, Great Grey Owl, Northern Hawk-Owl, Eurasian Pygmy Owl, Tengmalm's Owl, Siberian Jay, Siberian Tit)

Sri Lanka - Serendipity on the Teardrop of India - 16th to 24th January, author Ian Merrill (added July 1, 2005)

New Zealand: 1st to 22nd November 2010, author Ian Merrill (added January 30, 2011)
(North Island Brown, Okarito Brown, Stuart Island Brown and Little Spotted Kiwis, New Zealand Storm-Petrel, New Zealand Falcon, Alpine Rock Wren, Yellowhead, Kokako)

Sri Lanka Update - 5th - 25th January 2005 – Don’t cancel your trip!, author Ian Merrill (added January 26, 2005)
(All the endemics seen including Serendib Scops-Owl)

Indonesia 2004: Sulawesi, Halmahera and Western Irian Jaya - 21st August to 16th September, author Ian Merrill (added February 25, 2005)
(Sulawesi Leaf-Warbler, Satanic Nightjar, Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle, Sulawesi Myzomela, Sulawesi Nightjar)

Namibia 2009: The Namib Desert, Namibian Escarpment and Etosha - 17th to 29th January 2009, author Ian Merrill (added February 24, 2009)
(Orange River and Hartlaub's Francolins, Burchell's Courser, Ruppell's Parrot, Monotonous, Dune, Dusky, Gray's, Benguela Long-billed and Stark's Larks, Herero Chat, Rockrunner and Bare-cheeked Babbler)

India 2009: Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra - 5th to 19th December 2009, author Ian Merrill (added February 23, 2010)
(Great Indian Bustard, Mottled Wood-Owl, Forest Owlet, White-bellied Minivet, Grey Hypocolius, Stoliczka's Bushchat, White-naped Tit, Green Avadavat.)

Spain: Extremadura and Andalucia - 15th to 25th June 2007, author Ian Merrill (added February 21, 2008)
(Spanish Imperial Eagle, Bonelli's Eagle, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Western Orphean Warbler, Western Olivaceous Warbler, Citril Finch)

Papua New Guinea and New Britain (plus Singapore and Malaysia) - 28th August to 24th September 2005, author Ian Merrill (added December 6, 2005)
(Betelnut Grins and Paradise Birds)

California in the Winter: 8th to 22nd February 2014, author Ian Merrill (link created August 7, 2014)
(Primary objectives of witnessing some of the unique avian spectacles and tracking down the sought-after bird species which can be found in this magnificent State during the 'cold' season)

Prince Edward Island, the Antarctic Pack Ice and South African Cape, November 2002 (Part one), author Ian Merrill (added August 29, 2004)

Prince Edward Island, the Antarctic Pack Ice and South African Cape, Nov 02 (Part two), author Ian Merrill (added August 29, 2004)

Prince Edward Island, the Antarctic Pack Ice and South African Cape, Nov 02 (Part three), author Ian Merrill (added August 29, 2004)

Mongolia - 1st to 16th June 2019, author Ian Merrill (link created August 26, 2019)
(Altai Snowcock, Oriental Plover, Asiatic Dowitcher, Amur Falcon, Henderson’s Ground Jay, Mongolian Lark, Chinese Grasshopper Warbler)

Corsica: 4th to 11th June 2011, author Ian Merrill (added August 19, 2011)
(Yelkouan Shearwater, 'Scopoli's' Shearwater, 'Mediterranean' Storm-Petrel, Moltoni's Warbler, Marmora's Warbler, Corsican Nuthatch, Italian Sparrow, Corsican Citril Finch)

Florida: 3rd to 11th January 2015, author Ian Merrill (added April 26, 2015)
(American Woodcock, Florida Scrub-jay, Sprague's Pipit, Rusty Blackbird)

Cuba: 2nd to 16th March 2013, author Ian Merrill (added April 24, 2013)
(West Indian Whistling-Duck, Blue-headed Quail-Dove, Bare-legged and Stygian Owls, Cuban Grassquit and Cuban Sparrow)

Puerto Rico: 23rd to 30th January 2016, author Ian Merrill (added April 23, 2016)
(Update on how to see all the endemics, including the much-wanted Puerto Rican Parrot)