Birding California|Adventures in Northern California: Birding open year round supporting birders doing their Big Year

Black oystercatcher

Black oystercatcher

Vaux's Swifts and blue sky before dusk as they enter their evening roost.

Vaux’s Swifts and blue sky before dusk as they enter their evening roost.

Great Grey Owl found in the high county of Yosemite National Park.

Great Grey Owl found in the high county of Yosemite National Park.

Tailored to locate your target species, these field trips can take us throughout northern California, including Yosemite NP, Point Reyes NS, all birding hot spots in between including Tuolumne, Mono, Alpine, Plumas, Lassen, Shasta and  Modoc counties. Other California locations can be added, based on the interests of the field trip participants. My California state life list is 472 species, 230 species to date for 2017, my Marin County life list is 316. Alameda County life list 310 species. This year 2017, United States life list is 677, my North American species count is 895 species and finally my Central American life list is 376. Let me know what your species chase list is, and we’ll work out a plan to add those species to your life list.

I have guided many birders doing their “Big Year” since year 2000 to 2014 year to date, or simply adding species in their life list. Contact me if you have a specialty bird you need to observe, I’m sure I can help.

Recent Birders comments on Birding with | Yellowbilled Tours

February 7, 2017

I recently returned home from a three week road trip to the western states visiting many bird watching spots along the way. The most enjoyable and productive days by far were the ones that I spent with Rich in the SF Bay area. I had a lengthy list of target birds and amazingly we got them all in a few days. This was unexpected as several were not common birds. Rich brings not only knowledge but a passion and enthusiasm to the sport as if he were seeing some these rarer birds for the first time. Rich was very accommodating to all needs including the day my wife, who is not really a birder, was with us when we visited Marin County cultural and culinary locations between birding spots. I enjoyed the time spent with Rich and look forward to utilizing his skills in the future. I highly recommend.

John Pike, Houston, Tx.

Client Testimonial – January 2017

Rich Cimino led our small group of birders inland from the San Francisco Bay area and Point Reyes in Central California for two days. He started us off in grand fashion by getting us lingering looks at a couple of Ridgeway’s Rails.  He took us to several places that weren’t even on our radar and led us to many target birds much more quickly than we could have achieved on our own, if we’d found them at all, saving us much valuable time in the process.

When we told him we would be birding on our own in search of California Condors a few days later, he told us precisely where we could find them.  His directions were right on the mark and we found the birds effortlessly.  We probably would have missed them without his guidance.

In addition to being skillful with bird-finding, Rich is very personable and we thoroughly enjoyed his company. He has a deep knowledge of Central and Northern California that extends beyond birding expertise.

He gave us recommendations on restaurants that led us to excellent dining, and a fabulous bakery that got our mornings off to a great start.

The next time I’m in the area, I will certainly team up with Rich for more great birding.

Ron Morris – Winston-Salem, NC

July 12, 2016

My goal for the 2 days of birding in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, I was aiming to add at least 3 birds to my life list – white headed woodpecker, Pacific slope flycatcher, and Pacific wren. We did that and added one additional hard earned species, the Bell’s sparrow and Ash-throated Flycatcher!! It was a great time! Rich did all the driving as I was able to enjoy the land scape and which for birds.

Elaine Vokoun ,Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A mutual friend put us in touch with Rich during our brief visit to California. Rich drove an hour to our hotel, arriving at 7:30 a.m., and off we went to a state park where he knew the spots we would see good birds – at least from the perspective of two Easterners. Without him, my husband and I would have seen a fair number of birds, but, in more than a few cases, would not have known what we were seeing or hearing. When we suggested we’d like to see some water birds as well, Rich knew where to go. We had a very successful day with Rich returning us to our hotel. Because we were unfamiliar with the area, my husband and I would have not known where the best birding spots were – plus we would have had to deal with unfamiliar roads, despite our GPS. Rich made our very birdy day enjoyable and stress free. Thank you, Rich.

YBT – 2016 testimonial single day

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As soon as we learned we would be in the San Francisco area for a short visit, my husband and I (east coast natives) promptly booked a birding tour with Yellowbilled Tours and our guide, Rich Cimino. We were looking for a guide that knew the area intimately and would be able to add several birds to our life list. Rich’s experience and interest in our comfort made the trip a highlight of our time in northern California.

We were very specific on the time period we were available, and we did not have a car. Rich was extremely accommodating with all of our requests and carefully asked questions to narrow down the type of birding trip we wanted, customizing our trip. He picked us up at our hotel promptly in his large extremely clean vehicle, bringing a birding book and his own scope for our use. We drove to several different locations and viewed birds in all sorts of different habitats. Rich shared his experience with us and helped us locate the field marks for the different birds we were viewing. He brought us to precise spots to see specific birds which was really fun. His expertise, years of knowledge of the subject and clear love of the birds was evident. We were happy that he accommodated our desire to photograph the birds, and set his scope up at several different locations for a closer view as well. We added 21 birds to our life list and viewed at least 25 other species. Rich was an entertaining guide and extremely personable. On our drive back, he gave us the option to stop at a local winery for a quick break. What a fun ending to a great day of birding! We enjoyed every minute of the trip and will definitely book Yellowbilled Tours the next time we are in the area.

August 2014, Linda Larson, Oak Hill, VA

After many visits to Pt. Reyes,what a difference to visit with a good birding guide!  Had a thoroughly enjoyable,informative day.  Not only does Rich know the best spots, he’s up on what is currently around  and great for pointing out field marks I would otherwise miss.  A highlight of my trip to northern California

OCTOBER 2016, Bette Harig,  Sanabel Island , Fla.

Chasing California Rarities the Common  Cuckoo

 

 

 

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