TEXAS 2018: Spring Migration & Hill Country

April 19 - 29, 2018
Tour Length: 11 days Est. Spaces Left: 0

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Future Departures:
April 18, 2019
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
7 w/HLBT leader; up to 12 with 2d HLBT leader
Focus:
Birds; Photography;
Pace:
Easy to Moderate ; Early morning starts; some short walks and three longer drives
Double Accommodation:
$ 2875
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 425
Deposit:
$350 [per person]

The upper Texas coast provides an unrivaled birding spectacle in the spring as millions ofmigrants stream north on their way to their breeding rounds. Southern species are already setting up territories and the inland forests are ringing with songs. The coast can be alive with up to 30 species of warblers and it is not uncommon to record more than 30 species of shorebirds alone. Famous migrant traps like High Island, Sabine Woods, and LaFitte’s Cove concentrate vireos, thrushes, tanagers, grosbeaks, and of course the jewels of Neotropical migrants, warblers. This trip coincides with the peak of spring migration and will take advantage of the best time of year to witness this miracle of nature. Three full days birding migrant hotspots on the coast should net us a wide variety of songbirds and shorebirds,plus one full day exploring the Big Thicket regions will add southern breeders and pine woods specialties.

Of course no visit to Texas would be complete without seeing the Golden-cheeked Warbler, an endemic nesting bird, and endangered Black-capped Vireo. The trip will head west for two days to explore the riches of the Hill Country where, in addition to the two star birds, we will see a suite of birds different from the coast. In order to complete the loop through Texas’ richest birding habitats we will pass through Kingsville to locate several Rio Grande valley specialties, most notably Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Tropical Parula, and Northern Beardless Tyrannulet, plus Green Jay, Audubon’s Oriole, and more. A short visit to the Rockport area will add many migrants and shorebirds.

Photo: Golden Cheeked Warber by Stephan Lorenz

MORE TRIP INFORMATION

  • Meeting Location

    Houston International Airport (George Bush Airport) @ 4:00 PM

    Accomodations

    Comfortable hotels & lodges, 2 or 3-star

    Included

    From Houston; ten nights lodging; all meals from first night to breakfast on last day; guide; transportation; entry fees; taxes & tips (tips to guide are optional)

    Excluded

    Air transport before and after trip.
    Alcoholic beverages
    Phone calls.
    Laundry.
    All personal items.

    .

  • Top Birds

    Top Mammals
    Habitats Covered
    Expected Climate
  • Other Attractions

    Scenery.

    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    Recommended Reading
    • Birds of Texas: A Field Guide

      J. H. Rapploe & G. W. Blackhole
    • National Geographic Field Guide to The Birds of North America (7th Edition)

      Jon Dunn, et. al. 2017
      National Geographic Society

     


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