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.
We’ve extended the tour by a night to allow us more time on the Edwards Plateau and High Island. We’re also departing from Houston and returning there. It’s more user-friendly for pickup and dropoff. The pace of the trip is moderate with a few shorter walks (two to three longer drives). A few early morning starts are required especially for the Hill Country portion of the trip. Temperatures will range from mild to warm. Photographic opportunities are outstanding. We can also expect to see some other iconic Texas animals like American alligators, bobcats, and armadillos. We can expect to record around 275 species.
Photo: Golden-cheeked Warbler, by Stephan Lorenz