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Mountain West Birding Company Cassia Crossbills & More!

As the popularity with requests to go see Cassia Crossbill have risen, we've decided to offer a quick tour that includes a number of popular mountain west specialty birds. This 3-day, 2-night tour should include Cassia Crossbill, Flammulated Owl, Gray Vireo, Gray Partridge, Black Swift, Lewis's Woodpecker, Calliope Hummingbird, Chukar and many more!

Cassia Crossbill
Cassia Crossbill Idaho, 2017
Flammulated Owl
Flammulated Owl Utah, 2018
Gray Partridge
Gray Partridge Idaho, 2018
Gray Vireo
Gray Vireo Uta, 2018
Black Swift
Black Swift Utah, 2016
Chukar Utah, 2018
Sagebrush Sparrow
Sagebrush Sparrow Utah, 2016
Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl Idaho, 2018

June 25-27, 2020

Not only did Tim deliver the birds, but he kept us in good spirits, even when hiking up a mountain at 3am.
Daniel T. “Mountain West Most Wanted”, 2017

Details Max Participants: 7

We can expect to see around 125-135 species of birds during this tour, as well as a number of mammals, some incredible scenery, and enjoy some delightful and memorable meals.

This itinerary is short, and includes long days with early morning, and late nights. While fast-paced, the actual tour is NOT physically demanding.

4 of 7 Spaces Available


Day 1 - Thursday Arrive in SLC and Look for Black Swift & Flammulated Owl

Arrive in SLC by 4:00pm, do some light birding around the valley before grabbing a boxed dinner to go look for Black Swift. As dusk settles on the Wasatch Mountains, we’ll turn our efforts to Flammulated Owl and Common Poorwill before calling it a night

Night in Salt Lake City, Utah

Flammulated Owl in Utah

Day 2 - Friday Juniper & Sage Specialists and Cassia Crossbill

This morning we visit a juniper woodland and shrubsteppe desert about an hour from Salt Lake. Our targets here are all the sage and juniper specialists: Gray Vireo, Gray Flycatcher, Bushtit, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Juniper Titmouse, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Black-throated Sparrow, and Sagebrush Sparrow. Afterward, we would spend a little time looking for Chukar before continuing on to Twin Falls, Idaho (4 hr drive) to spend the late afternoon looking for Cassia Crossbill, Calliope Hummingbird, Lewis's Woodpecker, Hammond's Flycatcher, Lazuli Bunting, Fox Sparrow, Yellow-breasted Chat, and a variety of other montane species, before calling it a night.

Night in Twin Falls, Idaho

Cassia Crossbill in Idaho

Day 3 - Saturday Gray Partridge & The Great Salt Lake

Saturday morning will be a backup for Cassia Crossbill. We will spend the first part of the morning around Twin Falls tracking down Gray Partridge, Barn Owl, and Burrowing Owl before heading into Utah where we'll visit the Great Salt Lake for Long-billed Curlew, Western Willet, and Snowy Plover. We will also attempt to track down Chukar if we missed it earlier in the trip, before enjoying dinner at one of Utah's most popular Mexican restaurants, and dropping everyone off at the airport or nearby hotels by 7:00 PM.

End of Tour!

Gray PArtirdge in Idaho

Cassia Crossbills & More
Tour Options The only option for this tour is occupancy type.

per person
You’ll have a room to yourself for the entire length of the trip.
Want to combine this tour with a trek for Himalayan Snowcock, more time birding in Utah and Nevada, and witness the incredible phalarope migration spectacle? Join us on our Mountain West Most Wanted Tour this July 29th through August 2nd!

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Western Tanager

What’s Included Here’s what we’ll provide on this tour.

Professional Guide Service

Transportation on the Ground

2 Nights Accommodations

All Meals with Non-Alcoholic Drinks, and Water

Birds—we’ll find some birds

A Thoroughly Enjoyable Time

What’s Not Included Here’s what you’ll need to bring.

Flights to and from Tour

Alcoholic Drinks


Cameras and Lenses

Bug Spray

Jackets or Sweaters

Shoes and Socks

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What an amazing experience! We brought two of our kids out on a Flammulated Owl tour with Tim and it was amazing.
Niki J. “Flammulated Owling”, 2017
Himalayan Snowcock and Cassia Crossbill! Another trip with Tim, another success! These were the "big two" for this trip and Tim delivered in spades.
Paul K. “Most Wanted”, 2018
It is great to see a guide who gets excited about seeing the birds and at the same time cares about their welfare!
David D. “Multi-day Tour”, 2018
Tim is a fantastic guide so friendly and kind. He's funny too. I felt very comfortable on his tour which was sold out.
Melissa H. “Flammulated Owling”, 2018
This was my first experience with a guided bird trip and it could not have been better.
Robin C. “1/2 Day Tour”, 2017

What People
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