Sabrewing Nature Tours is excited to offer the ability to book custom tours to both locations that we currently offer set departures to as well as many locations that may not have regularly scheduled tours. Below is a list of locations in which our guides are experienced. This list was created by our guides and includes many popular locations that birders may be hoping to experience. Don’t see your desired location on this list? Thanks to the experience of our guides, we are happy to help you design a tour nearly anywhere in the United States or around the world!

Washington and Oregon - From the Mountains to the Open Ocean

Washington and Oregon have many wonderful species to offer. From the mountains of interior Oregon to the open ocean out of Washington, we will be targeting the specialties of the area. Species possible include White-headed Woodpecker, Pinyon Jay, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Mountain Quail, Clark’s Nutcracker, Black-footed Albatross, Buller’s Shearwater, Tufted Puffin, Surfbird, and more! Other wildlife includes Stellar’s and California Sea Lions, Orca, and several other whales and dolphins.

Recommended Duration: 7 Days

Minnesota: Boreal Breeders

For many people, the boreal forest of Minnesota brings Owls and finches to mind. Yellow Rail, LeConte’s Sparrow, and Sedge Wrens call from the shortgrass marshes. The spring and early summer season brings the forest to life with songs of warblers, flycatchers, thrushes and more! Species that can be harder to detect in migration such as Canada Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher become some of the more common species seen in the area. Connecticut Warblers echo from deep in the forest. Exploring the boreal forest at a time where warblers outnumber any other species is a birding experience you won’t forget!

Recommended Duration: 4-5 Days


The diversity of habitats across the state of Ohio provides a wonderful birding scene any time of the year! In spring, nearly every part of the state is full of migrating songbirds and boasts 36 regularly occurring warbler species in the state! In summer, southern Ohio’s forests are full of life with breeding species such as Cerulean, Worm-eating, Hooded, and Kentucky Warblers. Grassland habitats have a chorus of Dickcissels, Blue Grosbeaks, and Yellow-breasted Chats. The northwest Ohio marshes provide great breeding habitat for King Rail Virginia Rail, and Sora, both American and Least Bittern, and more recently, Yellow-headed Blackbird and Black-necked Stilt! Fall along the lakefront can be just as incredible as the spring with many songbirds, ducks, and shorebirds stopping over along the lakefront before dispersing across the state. At this time, anywhere in the state could yield an impressive day of birding! In the winter, the Cleveland lakefront is the spot to be as winds bring migrating scoters, loons, and gulls close to shore where you can find 7 or 8 gull species on a regular basis! Any time of year in any part of the state can be great birding!

Southern California

Southern California boasts quite a diverse list of species all within an easy drive from the cities. Whether it’s scoping the coast for seabirds, shorebirds, or migrating water birds or hiking in the foothills of the mountains for specialty species, there is no shortage of great birds! Targets for this area include the California namesake specialties (Quail, Gnatcatcher, Thrasher, Towhee, Scrub-Jay, Gull), Wrentit, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Tricolored Blackbird, Ridgeway’s Rail, Heermann’s Gull, and more!

Recommended Duration: 5-7 Days

New Jersey

Cape May, New Jersey is renowned for its fall migration spectacle. Witness hundreds to thousands of songbirds passing overhead, gannets and scoters migrating offshore, shorebirds stopping over in wetlands, and the constant stream of many raptors overhead all day. This migration event is truly spectacular and will leave you mesmerized!

Recommended Duration: 4-5 Days

North Carolina

Easy access to many migrating shorebirds and water birds makes the Outer Banks a great birding destination. What really makes the area special is the access to seabirds through local charters. The opportunity to see pelagic birds is incredible and North Carolina provides the best opportunity on the east coast to do so! Targets in this region include Black-capped Petrel, Wilson’s, Leech’s, and Band-rumped Storm-Petrels, Cory’s, Great and Audubon’s Shearwaters, Seaside Sparrow, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Red Knot, American Oystercatcher, and much more!

Recommended Duration: 3-5 Days

New England

From Atlantic Puffins and Razorbills offshore Maine, to warblers and boreal specialties in northern Vermont, to Shorebirds on the coast, New England states offer a wide diversity of species sure to impress you. Targets in this region include Bicknell’s Thrush, Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Piping Plover, Least Tern, Atlantic Puffin, Razorbill, Great Cormorant, Roseate Tern, and much more! These beautiful states combine a great list of birds with gorgeous scenery for an unforgettable time.

Recommended Duration: 5-7 Days

Southern Illinois

The remnants of the prairies in southern Illinois offers an opportunity to view the current easternmost population of Greater Prairie-Chickens. The displays and calls of the males as their gather on their leks to show off for spectating females won’t be soon forgotten. In the nearby area, migrating Greater White-fronted, Snow, Ross’s and Cackling geese can be seen in mixed flocks with Canada Geese, American White Pelicans and many duck species congregate in large numbers on nearby lakes.

Recommended Duration: 2-3 Days





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