Texas Hill Country, Whooping Cranes, and LRGV Itinerary

Trip Description

The timing for this trip has been tested and tweaked to optimize birding for specialty species in Texas so you can get wintering species like the spectacular Whooping Crane, and summer breeding birds like the Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo. Early spring migration can add to the passerine list, especially if you get a light northern storm. The trip ends up in the Lower Rio Grande Valley to see the multitude of species whose only presence in the USA is in the deep south of Texas. The early spring date also has the advantage of beating the heat that comes in the following months, leading to very enjoyable temperatures even on the southern portion of the trip.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrivals; San Antonio Area Birding
Day 2: Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo at Friedrich Wilderness Park and South Llano River State Park
Day 3:  Morning Birding at Choke Canyon SP; Drive to the Coast; Rockport Area Birding
Day 4:  Whooping Cranes and Boat Trip at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Day 5:  Morning Port Aransas/Mustang Island; Afternoon Drive to Brownsville
Day 6:  Birding at Sabal Palms Sanctuary, Estero Llano Grande, McAllen Area
Day 7:  McAllen Area Birding
Day 8:  Morning birding in South Texas, Afternoon Flights from San Antonio


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Detailed Itinerary

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8 Day Detailed Itinerary

Contact in the USA: Charles:

Forms and payments should be mailed to:

Charles Thornton-Kolbe (in Denver, Colorado)

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Telephone: 720-320-1974

Email: charles@pibird.com


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Contact in the UK: Jennifer De Souza:

Jennifer De Souza (in Suffolk, England) 

Telephone: +44 755 214 2976


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