More details about this trip:
South Texas is known for its large abundance of birds, including a number of specialties that are not found in other areas of the United States. Some of these birds include Green Jay, Great Kiskadee, Ringed Kingfisher, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Aplomado Falcon, Olive Sparrow, Gray Hawk, Altamira Oriole, Red-crowned Parrot, Green Parakeet, Plain Chachalaca, Clay-colored Thrush, and more.
This trip will visit a number of birding hotspots around south Texas, including places like Bentsen State Park, South Padre Island, Laguna Atascosa NWR, Estero Llano Grande SP, one or more large parrot roosts, and Anzalduas Park, where along with good birds you will have the unique experience of looking north into Mexico while still in the USA.
Winter weather in south Texas is usually quite mild, so escape the cold and migrate south for a bit like the birds do. Black-throated Green Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Indigo Bunting, and more often winter in south Texas.
Pricing: $1,690 US Dollars, or £1,310 GBP* for 6 Days and 5 Nights
Group Size: Price is based on a group size of 7 or 8 participants.
February 17 to 22, 2021
With luck there may be one or more rare vagrant birds that cross the border, which we will make reasonable attempts at seeing. While there is no guarantee, previous trips have found Blue Bunting, Tropical Parula, Tamaulipas Crow, Crimson-collared Grosbeak, White-throated Thrush, Amazon Kingfisher, and Hook-billed Kite (picture to the left).
Texas: Lower Rio Grande Valley Winter Birding Break
Common Raccoon, White-tailed Deer, Bobcat, Striped Skunk, Gray Fox, Nutrea, Virginia Opossum, Texans, Coyote, Eastern Cottontail, Black-tailed Jackrabbit, , Nine-Banded Armadillo, Javelina
Rio Grande Plains Brush Country and scattered woodlots, Gulf Prairies and marshes, coastal beaches and mudflats, Rio Grande.
See the Rio Grande and look over into Mexico, along with visiting several local historical sites that have good birding. We will certainly sample some local Mexican and TexMex cuisine.
Many great birds, excellent close views of many species and some unexpected sightings!
Green Jay, Great Kiskadee, Ringed Kingfisher, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Aplomado Falcon, Olive Sparrow, Gray Hawk, Altamira Oriole, Red-crowned Parrot, Green Parakeet, Plain Chachalaca, Clay-colored Thrush, Tropical Kingbird, Couch's Kingbird, Cinnamon Teal, Least Grebe, Black-crested Titmouse, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Common Pauraque, Burrowing Owl, Greater Roadrunner, Clapper Rail, Peregrine Falcon, Cassin's Sparrow, Botteri's Sparrow, Chihuahuan Raven, Crested Caracara, Cave Swallow, White-tailed Hawk, Green Kingfisher, Black Phoebe, Bronzed Cowbird.
Texas: Rio Grande Valley Winter Birding Break with Jesse Huth: January 17 to 21