Texas in Spring 2017: Whooping Cranes, Rio Grande Valley & Hill Country with Rockjumper Tours NEW

April 08 - 16, 2017
Tour Length: 9 days Est. Spaces Left:
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Our Texas: Whooping Cranes, Rio Grande Valley & Hill Country tour takes in the most diverse birding in the United States, offering a stellar assortment of rare and localized species. An extension is offered as well to West Texas: Big Bend & Davis Mountains. We are offering these tours with our partners, Rockjumper Bird Tours.

Photo: Aplomado Falcon by F. Davis

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Future Departures:
April 08, 2018
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
12 + Rockjumper & High Lonesome leader
Focus:
Birds; Photography;
Pace:
Easy to Moderate ; Easy walks and some long drives
Double Accommodation:
$ 2950
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 495
Deposit:
$
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The critically endangered Whooping Crane, endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo, as well as a plethora of Rio Grande Valley specialties, will be our main target species, while an impressive array of migrant shorebirds, songbirds and large numbers of raptors will be encountered along our journey. Other targets include Roseate Spoonbill, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Tropical Parula, White-tailed Hawk, Red-crowned Parrot, Plain Chachalaca, Long-billed Thrasher and Olive Sparrow.

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  • Meeting Location

    Houston International Airport

    Accomodations

    Best motels & restaurants available.

    Included

    8 nights lodging, all meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 9, entry fees, guiding, transportation, taxes, tips (guide/boat tips optional)

    Excluded

    Flights; alcoholic beverages; personal phone calls; laundry; any other item of personal nature

  • Top Birds

    Whooping Crane, Roseate Spoonbill, Little Blue and Tricolored Herons, Reddish Egret, American White Ibis, American Oystercatcher,Least Grebe; Ferruginous Pygmy Owl,  Harri’s Hawk; White-tailed Hawk, Aplomado Falcon; Crested Caracara, Red-crowned Parrot, Green Parakeet, Clay-colored Thrush; Buff-bellied Hummingbird; Plain Chacalaca, Common Pauraque, Groove-billed Ani, Northern Bearded Tyranniulet; Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Olive Sparrow, Belted, Ringed & Green Kingfishers, Curve-billed  & Long-billed Thrasher, Sprague’s & American Pipits; Altamira, Audubon’s & Hooded Oiroles. Blue-winged Warbler; Golden-winged Warbler; Tennessee Warbler; Orange-crowned Warbler; Nashville Warbler; Northern Parula;Tropical Parula; Yellow Warbler; Yellow-rumped Warbler; Golden-cheeked Warbler;  Yellow-throated Warbler; Prairie Warbler; Palm Warbler; Bay-breasted Warbler; Black-and-white Warbler; American Redstart; Prothonotary Warbler; Worm-eating Warbler; Swainson’s Warbler; Northern Waterthrush; Louisiana Waterthrush; Kentucky Warbler; Common Yellowthroat; Hooded Warbler; Wilson’s Warbler; Yellow-breasted Chat; Summer Tanager; Scarlet Tanager; Crimson-collared Grosbeak, Black-throated Sparrow; Botteri’s Sparrow; Pyrrhuloxia; White-collared Seedeater and many others.

     

    Top Mammals

    Coyote, armadillo

    Habitats Covered
    desert and desert scrub, sub-tropical woodlands and palm groves, riverside vegetation, wetlands

     

    Expected Climate

    Temperatures can reach 90F at this time of the year in the Valley. It can be cool, however, on the boat ride to Aransas

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