Early in the tour we will spend several days birding significant wetlands and for specialty birds of Baden-Wuerttemberg where Stefan grew up. Targets will be Wryneck, Common Redstart, Purple Heron, Red-crested Pochard and Bluethroat.
Then we will travel to Bavaria. Around Wuerzburg we will look for Ortolan and Rock Bunting, Great Reed Warbler and Montagu’s Harrier. On a quick stop at the east end beautiful Lake Constance we will visit Lindau for a “Stadtbummel” and then the Rhine Delta, one of the most significant birding areas in Central Europe. This will be a real treat!
For scenery and mountain birds, we will head to the Alps and visit scenic Oberstdorf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The lower elevations will be teaming with breeding birds and we will search for Nutcracker, White-backed and Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker, and Citril Finch, although none of those are ever easy and guaranteed. Near Garmisch we will make an attempt to see the Wallcreeper. The higher elevations will still be snow-covered, but this is just what we are looking for. Weather permitting, we will take gondolas to over 7000ft at both locations to look for Rock Ptarmigan, Alpine Chough, and Alpine Accentor.
Between Oberstdorf and Garmisch, we’re going to drive right by Neuschwanstein Castle, because we have birds to catch at the Murnauer Moos. Ha, got you! Of course we will visit one of Germany’s most famous tourist sites. There may even be some birds right at the castle …
A final stop of the trip will be Hohe Tauern National Park near Rauris in Austria where we will be doing day hike up the Krumltal hoping to see Lammergeier and the Griffon Vulture.
Note: On this tour we will be hiking up to five miles on some of the days, so a certain degree of fitness will be required.
- Trip leader: Stefan Schlick
- Early Bird discount: $4,095 members / $4,595 non-members
- Deposit: $2,100
- Single supplement: TBD
- Group size: Limited to 12 participants
Trip fees include all ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfast/lunch/non-alcoholic beverages/snacks, tips for meals/drivers/porters/local guides, trip materials, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leader(s).
Trip fees do not include airfares, dinners, and alcoholic beverages.
Tentative Itinerary & Policies
Stefan is a birding expert, and has birded in Europe and North America extensively. After living in Wisconsin, Florida, California, and Washington, Stefan has settled in Oregon where he currently is a member of the Oregon Bird Records Committee. Stefan is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and love of birds with the folks on his trips.