Southern California Winter Raptor Getaway

January 16th to January 22nd, 2017


Start and end point Los Angeles, CA

Condors, Golden Eagles, Ferruginous Hawks and more

When people think about Southern California they don’t necessarily think of raptors and yet winter in Southern California is a raptor fan’s dream. Obviously a major draw will be the chance to look for California Condor. As well as the magnificent Condors, we will also be enjoying an abundance of perhaps North America’s most stately North American buteo: Ferruginous Hawk – a common wintering bird in the deserts north of Los Angeles. Another highlight will be a visit to a private site that boasts the highest density of Golden Eagles of any Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

For the subspecies fans we will also see the distinctive elegans Red-shouldered Hawk, and a wealth of Red-tailed Hawks of all ‘flavors’ including a wide variety of Calurus and Alacensis, as well as a few Harlan’s. There will also be other raptor goodies to enjoy like White-tailed Kite, Prairie Falcon and Burrowing Owls. In fact, with a little luck we might find as many as eight species of owl on the tour including Spotted and Western Screech-owls and will designate one night for a trip into the mountains to hunt for them.

As well as the raptors there are plenty of great birds to enjoy including a number of highly prized species that are found only in this corner of the country: California Gnatcatcher, California Thrasher, California Quail and much more. As well as all the great birds there will be so much more to enjoy including stunning deserts, beautiful beaches and incredible mountain vistas.  Southern California at this time also promises a welcome respite from the endless winter blanketing much of the rest of the country. We do hope you can join us.

Participant numbers are limited to eight to ensure a quality experience for everyone.

Tour Leaders:

Luke Tiller, HMANA Tour Guide

Tom Reed, HMANA Tour Guide

About the Tour Leaders

Tour Itinerary

Cost for seven day tour: $1795

Initial Deposit: $500 to reserve space (first come, first serve)

Single supplement: $350

Cost includes:

  • All ground transportation and an experienced driver
  • Expert guides
  • All admission fees
  • All meals
  • All hotels
  • A contribution to local conservation organizations

Airfare is not included.  The tour begins and ends in Los Angeles.  Contact Julie Brown at before making any reservations.

Please read HMANA’s Tour Refund Policy before making your payment.

Save your spot! Register NOW for HMANA’s Southern California Winter Raptor Getaway.