South Texas Bird Tour in Winter 2023

Whooping Cranes and The Lower Rio Grande

February 11 – 19, 2023

Tour Length: 9 days
Est. Spaces Left: Available

South Texas is a birder’s paradise at any time of the year, but especially during late winter when the spectacular array of resident birds in South Texas are joined by an abundance of wintering shorebirds and waterfowl. This eight night tour begins and ends in Corpus Christi with a leisurely swing through the birding hot spots of the lower Rio Grande Valley.

Tour Leaders

Stephan Lorenz

Claudia Cavazos


Birds, Photography, Butterflies/Moths


Double Accommodation: $2,800/person
Single Supplement: + $500
Deposit: $500

Max Group Size

7 with 1 leader, up to 14 with 2 leaders


Easy, short hikes

Future Departures

February 23, 2023

Tour Descriptions

Photo opportunities will abound on this tour. Comfort is, as always a prime concern on our tours. We will stay in the two or three-start motels and eat in the best restaurants in each area.

Our days will begin anywhere from 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM, depending upon the destination. On early days, we will have a continental breakfast. The following schedule may be modified to take advantage of rare bird sightings or other conditions that could affect the birding.



More Details

Trip Highlights

Top Birds

Whooping Crane; Roseate Spoonbill; Mottled Duck, Masked Duck (rare); Plain Chachalaca; Least Grebe; White-tipped Dove;Buff-bellied Hummingbird; Ringed & Green Kingfisher; Hook-billed Kite; Gray & Harris’s Hawk; Great Kiskadee; Tropical & Couch’s Kingbird; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Green & Brown Jay; Clay-colored Thrush; Long-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow; Altamira & Audubon’s Oriole, many others including rare vagrants in the winter.

Top Mammals

Ocelot, Javelina

Other Attractions


No Tour Extensions Listed

Planning for the Trip

Meeting Location

Corpus Christi Airport at 4:00 PM


Very comfortable hotels & excellent Texas restaurants.


From Corpus Christi, includes eight nights lodging, all meals, transportation, entry fees, guides, taxes, tips.


Alcohol, personal calls, laundry, other personal expenses.

Habitats Covered

Sub-tropical, seaside, pelagic, desert

Expected Climate

Moderate to hot, 60 – 95 degrees Fahrenheit

Suggested Clothing and Gear

Credit cards / cash
Scope and tripod (optional)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
Water bottle
Small umbrella
Small day pack / fanny pack
Small flashlight
Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
Itch relief cream
Lip screen/balm
Prescription drugs – carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
Hair Dryer
Small alarm clock
Field guides
Hiking Boots/Shoes
Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals
Light-weight long pants
Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
Hat with brim/visor
Safari (e.g., Tilly) hat
Rain jacket/wind breaker
PJs or shorts for lounging/sleeping
Wool socks (various weights) and liners.

Recommended Reading

The Sibley Guide to Birds David A. Sibley (2000), Knopf
Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 6th Edition Jon Dunn, et al. (2011), National Geographic Society
A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors Brian Wheeler & William Clark
Birds of Texas: A Field Guide J. H. Rapploe & G. W. Blackhole