South Texas Bird Tour in Winter 2018: Whooping Cranes and The Lower Rio Grande

Green Jay by John Hoyt
February 16 - 24, 2018
Tour Length: 9 days Est. Spaces Left: 3

Travel though far Southern Texas, starting in Rockport for Whooping Cranes, then down to the Lower Rio Grande Valley for some exceptional tropical birding. This trip is a guaranteed departure! 

 

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Future Departures:
February 15, 2019
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
7 with 1 High Lonesome leader, up to 12 with additional HLT leader
Focus:
Birds; Photography; Butterflies/Moths;
Pace:
Easy ; short hikes
Double Accommodation:
$ 2500
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 450
Deposit:
$350 [per person]

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.

Photo opportunities will abound on this tour. Comfort is, as always a prime concern on our tours. We will stay in the best motels available 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.

Photo: Green Jay   Laguna Atascosa NWR   By: John Hoyt

MORE TRIP INFORMATION

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  • Meeting Location

    Corpus Christi Airport at 4:00 PM

    Accomodations

    Very comfortable hotels & excellent Texas restaurants.

    Included

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

    Excluded

    Alcohol, phone calls, laundry, other personal expenses.

  • 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

    Habitats Covered

    Sub-tropical; seaside, pelagic; desert

    Expected Climate

    Moderate to hot, 60 – 95 degrees fahrenheit

  • Other Attractions
    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • 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)
    • Toiletries
    • 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
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts
    • Swimsuit
    • 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

     

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  • King Rail South Padre Island by John Hoyt
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  • Crimson-collared Grosbeak by John Hoyt
  • White-tailed Hawk King Ranch, TX by John Hoyt
  • White-tailed Kite by John Hoyt
  • American Bittern by John Hoyt
  • Common Pauraque by John Hoyt
  • Clay-colored Thrush by Forrest Davis

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