Wes Fritz Professional Bird Guide
Specializing in
Hard-to-Find Birds and Bird Photography


My goal is to share the love of birding and nature with others. Southern California, with its varied geography and wide variety of habitats, has recorded over 555 bird species. Close to 200 species are "specialty birds", and several other species are near endemics. I will use my extensive field knowledge and experience to help my clients maximize the enjoyment of their birding trip and make it as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

Please don't hesitate to call or e-mail me if you need further clarification or information. Sometimes I am away from my computer for a few days at a time, or I am out of cell-phone service for a day or so. Please leave a message at 805-895-0685 and I will return your call as soon as possible.




Here are some of our up-coming trips.

2014 Trip Schedule

One or two, 5-day trips to the Rio Grande Valley. You'll see and photograph some of the birds that make Texas birding unique.
14-day trip to New Zealand. We will focus upon the unique birds of the islands, as well as the fabulous scenery of the country. With some luck, we may even get a chance to photograph the bizarre kiwi.
In the last week of March—bird photography in Florida. See and photograph all of the birds that make Florida birding special. Some of the birds targeted include: Snail Kite, White-crowned Pigeon, Black-whiskered Vireo, Florida Scrub Jay, Osprey, Bachman’s Sparrow, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Great White Heron, Mangrove Cuckoo, Limpkin and many more.
A trip in and around Colorado, with a focus on photographing the various species of grouse that breed in the area. The main targets include Greater and Lesser Prairie Chicken, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Greater Sage Grouse, Dusky Grouse and White-tailed Ptarmigan. We also hope to see other interesting birds such as American Dipper, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Three-toed Woodpecker, Clark’s Nutcracker and many others.
In May we've planned a trip to Ohio and Michigan to catch the migrating songbirds as they head north to their breeding grounds. This trip includes a visit to Magee Marsh, which can be fantastic in the right weather, not just because of all the beautiful birds but also for all of the interesting birders who flock to the area. From there we will continue to Michigan to see the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler, and then to look for birds like the Boreal Chickadee, Connecticut Warbler as well as many others.
May also includes a trip to Las Vegas and California to search out the western breeders.
In June there is a chance to experience the Peruvian Amazon, considered the best birding in the Americas. We will see and photograph a wide range of colorful and exotic birds that live in the area, as well as, a dizzying variety of other plants, reptiles, mammals, insects and more.
In late June, a trip to New England is set to see and photograph the breeding birds of the area. These include such beauties as Bicknell’s Thrush, Spruce Grouse, puffins, many species of warblers including Blackpoll, Golden-winged, Canada, Black-throated Blue and many more.

For more information on these and other target birding trips, please contact either Greg or Wes.



“I'm glad to hear that you have a web site! The info provided and your links to relevant California birding sites will be useful for interested birders, no doubt. I wish you well in your bird-guiding ventures! Your combined sense of fun and adventure in birding coupled with intrepid bird-finding skills will produce memorable forays a field for those seeking California's target birds with you. Our times in the field together--among them your Baikal Teal and the dash together to the Salton Sea for the incredible Ross's Gull--were unforgettable good times. I look forward to more.”

– Brad Schram, ABA/Lane Guide
"A Birder’s Guide to Southern California"

“Wes Fritz is an extremely competent birder in the Santa Barbara region… I would highly recommend Wes Fritz as a knowledgeable companion on any birding outing…”

–  Joan Easton Lentz, author of three books on birding, including "Introduction to Birds of the Southern California Coast"

“You have been referred to me as a birder of note in your area and a person to go to for a field trip leader in Southern California. I was hoping that you would consent to lead one or two field trips for the WFO meeting…”

– Catherine Waters, President,WFO

“…The only name that comes to mind as a possible guide for this area is Wes Fritz, a local birder extraordinaire…”

– Jamie Chavez, illustrator, A Birder’s Guide to Southern California, and Moderator for Santa Barbara County Birding Website

“How can I ever thank you enough for all that you did to ensure the success of the ABA's Regional Conference in Ventura? You were like a knight in shining armor who rescued us when everything was falling apart, and continued to be a great advisor, organizer, and leader. Thank you for helping me scout, giving me information on the shuttle, and the good humor when things got a bit tense. I can't believe you overcame the fires and still managed to keep your cool and be the biggest asset the event had. I was also very impressed by the depth of knowledge you have regarding the history of the region. Thank you for recruiting all of the wonderful leaders, directing them, fine tuning the trips and becoming a great friend.”

– Darlene Smyth, Field Program Manager,
American Birding Association


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