May 14–26, 2015: Spring on the Islands of SICILY
The onset of breeding season and peak of spring migration, exploring the smaller islands off the
Sicilian Coast; includes visits to the Pelagie, Egadi, and Aeolian islands!
Key Bird Species: Marbled Duck; European Storm-Petrel; Yelkouan and Scopoli’s shearwaters; European Flamingo; White Stork; Purple Swamphen; Audouin’s Gull; Sicilian Rock Partridge; European Scops Owl; European Honey Buzzard; Booted and Bonelli’s eagles; Eurasian Hobby; Egyptian Vulture; Lanner; Eurasian Nightjar; Hoopoe; European Bee-eater; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Red-rumped Swallow; Woodchat Shrike; Sicilian Long-tailed Tit; and Etna Crossbill.
Other Highlights: Raptor migration across the Straits of Messina; extraordinary ferry rides to tiny Mediterranean islands; exploring Mt. Etna’s varied habitats; the fiery volcano at Stromboli; archaeological ruins of Sicily’s many conquering civilizations; wonderful Sicilian hospitality; and—truly—the best food in the world!
Guides: Steve Shunk and Italy’s top birder, Andrea Corso
Cost: TBA. Includes 4 nights in Custonaci, 3 nights on Pantelleria, 2 nights on Stromboli;
and 3 nights at Mt Etna.
CONTACT STEVE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EXCITING NEW TOUR!
“Thank you for the amazing tour, and for being so supportive at all times. You have done an exceptional job of showing me what Sicily is and sharing your love of the culture. It has been really fun traveling with you and I will love Sicily forever”
-Barbara Francis, Ukiah, California