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
Trip Comments from participants on Texas Spring 2018
BTW, Stepan is a phenom and Claudia is a worthy companion. We had a great time and saw or heard 267 spp in a 10 days! I am a retired wildlife biologist and recreational birder. STEPHAN is the best guide I have ever encountered in trips all over the world. Claudia completes the package. What a great trip.
R&C Lewes, Delaware
I wanted to inform you that in my view the recently concluded “Texas Spring Migration” tour with Stephan and Claudia was a huge success. I had a great time.I also gathered 70 new life birds, and had an overall bird list of 275 species. The numbers of individual birds was at times staggering and difficult to see them all.
In my opinion Stephan and Claudia did a wonderful job of herding us “cats” and making arrangements. That is not to mention Stephan’s amazing skill and knowledge as a birder. There were so many highlights it is hard to think of any one particular site, but the King Ranch private tour, stands out the most in my mind.
Great trip, thanks for offering it to us.
RR Gainesville, Florida