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We have had several great birding days over the years in New Jersey USA with our GREAT BirdingPals: P. in Cape May and B. in Northern New Jersey, both of whom have become firm friends.

Now, we are awaiting our first-time visitor, Dennis, to help him in our own area. Can't wait!

What a wonderful system this is. Well done Knud

Hosting a Pal:

Great - what a great feeling to host a pal having had several birding days with our pal/friends in NJ USA.

Here in the center of England we may not have the hundreds of species that occur in the USA but we can offer some fantastic sights! An example: Our pal Dennis from Florida sent us a wide ranging list of European birds he would like help with. Several were already moving away from us for the winter, quite a few were never going to be seen in the UK but many more were either in our own back garden or at local reserves.

So, Saturday was spent at three different locations in and around the West Midlands - it helped that Sheila and I are members of both the West Midland Bird Club and Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. Not only was dennis able to tick off several from his list but he also was looking for mammals and at our first site of Upton Warren, he spotted two Otters a 'first' for him and also for us at that location.

The following day we took Dennis to Wales, which we insist was a new 'country'. Anyway, the object was to see red Kite and boy did we give him that species in abundance! There were approximately 300 at the Gigrin farm feeding station near Rhayader. Dennis also managed to see 'our' Treecreeper too. Inevitably we 'dipped' on some easy birds such as coal tit and green woodpecker, but Dennis managed several at his hotel later in the week.

- Clive & Sheila of Kingswinford, England

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I want to thank Birding Pal for the opportunity to meet birdwatchers from other countries.

Last days we enjoyed the company of L. Choong in Malaysia who took us to see beautiful places in his country. With his vehicle we toured places he knew and showed us many species of birds. Even though I do not speak English very well, we understood each other perfectly.

Thank you very much Birding Pal and Liung thank you very much for your willingness to accompany us throughout the day.
Best regards from Argentina. Graciela and Hugo

I've used your site many times in locations all over the world!
Thanks for keeping it going.
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Hi. I want to say that this website and the service it and you offer is absolutely tremendous. I've hosted birders from other parts of the USA, Spain, and the Netherlands. In return, I've been hosted in England, Italy, Hawaii, Colorado, Utah, and Florida.
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I really enjoyed using Birding Pal on my recent Ireland trip. I contacted 4 potential pals. Of these I got replies from 3. I ended up spending a fine afternoon with D. McCabe -- he was an excellent driver and guide for the bays and wetlands around Dublin.

I plan to use Birding pal again!
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I have had two birding pals. One in Singapore and another on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia and both have been excellent. I plan to continue with your organisation.
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On Sunday, Sept. 2nd, M. Hows took me on a bird watching trip to 2 reserves in Suffolk. I am an American who was studying at Cambridge University for a week. M. Hows gave me a wonderful day I added 21 birds to my life list.

Thank you to your organization and especially to M. Hows.
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Thank you to Birding Pals and Barry for making it possible.

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I am lucky enough to travel relatively often and have today sent enquiries to "pals" in Spain and Venice.

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A wonderful day of birding!
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"... Today, though, I was more concerned with chasing the flashy types.
I have connected through Birding Pal
(a website where birders can find contacts in other countries)
with two excellent Costa Rican birders, R. Orozco and J. Fernandez, and we're on a mission this week to track down some of Costa Rica's most eye-catching beauties."

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and J. Seale in Cairns

plus S. Megy in Singapore.

All great Birding Pals!

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I am now getting some good response. My Florida trip is now even more promising for great birding!
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Just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous time with Birding Pals and a Birding Pal Professional Guide recently in Belgium, England, and Poland.

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Do you take visiting birders out?

I sure do take birders out each chance I get. Still quit busy at work :). But if I can, I go out with them cause it's so much fun, and I know, from personal experience, there is no field guide or web site or whatever that can replace the personal experience of a birder who knows his region well, and what birds should be there and were.

So, if for whatever reason I can't get out or they are going to a part of the province that is far from Moncton, I always try and give them at least the best information possible and if possible contacts with local people, that I know would be open to birding with them.

Your idea for this site was a stroke of genius and you should know that you have made a lot of people happy with it. Thanks a million.

Good birding.
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I am very happy for seen me on Birding Pal website as a contact local birdwatcher in Sierra Leone. I appreciate that very much and i will ready to give my support as soon as i start getting contact from client who want to bird in my country.

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Dear Birding Pal, We have used your web site 3 times for birdwatching tours.
In 2012 with Moses Kandie in Kenya,
in 2013 with Deogratius Muhumuza in Uganda.

Moses and Deo were extremely good birders but also good organisers. We would have no hesitation in recommending them or using them for another trip.
- Helen and Fabrice

Great job, thank you so much dear Vince.
Happy birding to you too!
- Roland

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- Jim
--Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: "WOW--What a Ride!"

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~ Deirdre

That's a relief! I did get some good suggestions for birding spots in Arlington TX before my trip last March!

Thanks for the quick reply!
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Birding Pal is a well established global website for traveling birders to contact locals who love to go birdwatching with visitors from around the world.

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We offer a list of recommended Birding Friendly Lodgings, that are great places to stay, on the budget end of the scale, that are near hotspots and where they love birds, or at least they love birders. Birding Friendly Lodging

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My friend and I will be in the Baltimore area from Aug. 1st until the 13th and we'd love to go birding in the early mornings.
We both are long time birders in the Florida Quays but have not been to your area yet.
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We both can walk a fair bit on a level hike, five hours or so. Do you like to go early?
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Let's meet in Costa Rica

February or November, 2021

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February 2022

Johan Fernandez

12 nights/ 13 days

Day 1: San José. Capital of Costa Rica. Arrival day at International airport Juan Santamaria.
Day 2: La Selva Biological Station. Nicaraguan Seed-Finch, Purple-throated Fruitcrow. Visit to Cinchona hummingbird Station. Spectacular Emerald toucanet, the endemic Coopery headed Emerald, Magenta-throated Woodstart.
Day 3: La Selva Biological Station. Great-green macaw, Toucans and Tanagers.
Day 4: Arenal Volcano. Rufous and Broad billed motmots, Rufous-winged Woodpecker.
Day 5: Arenal Volcano vicinity, Keel-billed motmot, Turquoise Cotinga, Great Curassow.
Day 6: Abangaritos, North Pacific Dry Forest, Shorebirds, Jabiru, Long-tailed Manakin
Day 7: Abangaritos, North Pacific Dry Forest, White throated Magpie-jay.
Day 8: Carara. Central Pacific. Emblematic Scarlet Macaw, Manakins and Antbirds.
Day 9: Carara. River Boat tour at Tarcoles. Crocodiles, Spoonbills, Kingfishers
Day 10: San Gerardo de Dota. Most beautiful bird in the world Resplendent Quetzal.
Day 11: San Gerardo de Dota. Hummingbird, Warblers and lots of near-endemics
Day 12: Depart to San Jose. Hotel Robledal.
Day 13: Departure day. Fly home.

November 15th until the 25th, 2021

Johan Fernandez

9 nights/ 10 days

Day 1: Arrival day at International airport Juan Santamaria. Your guide will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel at San José. Hotel Robledal.
Day 2: Laguna Lagarto lodge. Boca tapada San Carlos. Great photos of Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Aracari, Brown hooded Parrot.
Day 3: Laguna Lagarto Lodge. Boca tapada San Carlos. King Vulture hide.
Day 4: Bosque de Paz: Amazing hummingbird feeders, Violet Sabrewing, Magnificent Hummingbird, Green-crowned brilliant.
Day 5: La Selva Biological Station. Great-green macaw, Toucans and Tanagers
Day 6: La Selva Biological Station. Nicaraguan Seed-Finch, Purple-throated Fruitcrow
Day 7: San Gerardo de Dota. Most beautiful bird in the world Resplendent Quetzal.
Day 8: San Gerardo de Dota. Hummingbird, Warblers and lots of near-endemics
Day 9: Depart to San Jose. Hotel Robledal.
Day 10: Departure day. Fly home.
With Johan Fernandez and The Bird Way

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Birding in the Caribbean

Every Endemic in the Lesser Antilles:

Islands visited on this trip: Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, Saint Vincent, Grenada (with optional extension to Trinidad)

From the magnificent Imperial Parrots dwelling in the montane forests of Dominica and the highly threatened Grenada Dove on the "Spice Isle" of Grenada, to the last population of Whistling Warblers still surviving on the volcanic slopes of St.Vincent's La Soufriere, the Lesser Antilles is home to some of the rarest and most spectacular endemic bird species on the planet. Join Caribbean professional bird guide and Director of Birding the Islands Ltd, Ryan Chenery, on an incredible Caribbean birding adventure through the islands of the Lesser Antilles in search of every endemic, near-endemic and regional indigenous species.

Gaze out across the sparkling Caribbean Sea as you travel between islands by catamaran;

Feel the sand between your toes as you step out of beachside hotels and stroll along miles of white sandy shores;

Endemics seen, indulge in a celebratory cocktail as the sun sets on some of the most stunning coastlines in the world.

This truly is a birding trip with a difference, this is a birding trip through paradise!

Read our trip report for March 2018 Every Endemic in the Lesser Antilles here:

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Birding Pals January 2022 Uganda Tour

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) in Mabamba marsh photo by Martina Stolzi

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The tour starts and ends in Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria. Upon arrival, you will be picked from the Airport by the hotel shuttle and taken to your hotel for refreshments, dinner, and overnight stay. Early arrivals will give a chance to bird around Entebbe areas; the Botanical Gardens and/or any other nearby site.

The highlights of our visit will be a walk in L. Mburo NP woods, Albertine rift endemics in Bwindi and Kibale NPs, & tracking Mountain Gorillas in the misty forests of Bwindi!

Birding guide
Your Guide Deogratius Muhumuza

Deo, a graduate of Tourism from Makerere University Kampala, was born in western Uganda in an area adjacent to Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bunyaruguru crater zone.

Deo is a keen ornithologist, and a very active member of Nature Uganda - East African Natural History Society (a birdlife international partner in Uganda).

He works as a part-time ornithological researcher with Nature Uganda in important bird areas monitoring, bi-annual waterfowl counts, species conservation surveys and common birds monitoring; plus many other conservation organisations. His knowledge of birds and their habitats is undoubtable.

Deo is currently the General Secretary of Uganda Bird Guides Club, member of Uganda Safari Guides Association.

He is the co-author of the Uganda Cultural guides training manual.

He also runs a local nature and cultural safari company that specialize in birding, wildlife and cultural tours in Uganda.

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The 2nd of each December, February, March and April

TOUR ITINERARY: Douala - Kribi - Campo Ma'an - Buea - Kumba - Korup-Nyassoso - Bamenda - Limbe - Douala.

I had discovered early in my career that it is more fulfilling to visitors if knowledge of birds was complemented with information on other forms of wildlife and even culture of the people.

I have also made it a point of duty to understand the state of tourism support facilities like hotels, restaurants, etc; in the areas I am likely to take Pals to.

I trained as a nature interpreter in the Limbe Botanic Garden in the year 2000, as a professional guide on Mount Cameroon by the Mount Cameroon Ecoturism Organization in the year 2000 and 2003 in the university of Buea, as a professional birding guide around the Mount Cameroon region and beyond sponsored by the World Tourism Organization, Cameroon Biodiversity Conservation Society and other organizations in the year 2006 and am recognized by the Ministry of Tourism as a Regional guide in 2006.
- Benjamin Jayin Jomi ("Benji")

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