Texas: Lower Rio Grande Valley Winter Birding Break

  • 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.

  • 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).

More details about this trip:

Pricing:  $1,790 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.

 

Upcoming Dates: 

February 17 to 22, 2021

 

Mammals

Common Raccoon, White-tailed Deer, Bobcat, Striped Skunk, Gray Fox, Nutrea, Virginia Opossum, Texans, Coyote, Eastern Cottontail, Black-tailed Jackrabbit, , Nine-Banded Armadillo, Javelina

Birds

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.

Habitats and

Special Sites

Rio Grande Plains Brush Country and scattered woodlots, Gulf Prairies and marshes, coastal beaches and mudflats, Rio Grande.

Other Attractions

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.

Client Reports

Many great birds, excellent close views of many species and some unexpected sightings!

Contact in the USA: Charles:

Forms and payments should be mailed to:

Charles Thornton-Kolbe (in Denver, Colorado)

Toll Free: (from USA or Canada): 

888-203-7464

Telephone: 720-320-1974

Email: charles@pibird.com

Address:

2443 South University

Suit 199

Denver, CO 80210

 

Partnership For International Birding

Address:

PO Box 219

Olyphant, PA 18447

Contact in the UK: Jennifer De Souza:

Jennifer De Souza (in Suffolk, England) 

Telephone: +44 755 214 2976

Address:

The Roost, Leiston Road

Middleton

Saxmundham

Suffolk

IP17 3NS

UK