Texas: Lower Rio Grande Valley Winter Birding Break Itinerary
Whether you are a hardcore lister or just want to see some interesting birds and escape the cold, this trip will deliver. With so many great birding sites concentrated in a small area we will be able to maximize birding time with relatively short drives between sites, while still covering a large array of habitats. Local birds like Green Jay, Great Kiskadee, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Olive Sparrow, and more are found in many places, and there are often unpredictable rare visitors at one or more locations. You will visit blinds and feeding stations which offer great views of many birds, as well as check out some lesser known sites to see wintering Burrowing Owls, roosting Peregrine Falcons, and more. Massive squawking Red-crowned Parrot roosts make a dramatic end to some of the days, and there is plenty of good food to be had when the birding is done. So come take a nice winter vacation and enjoy the multitude of colorful birds in south Texas!
Day 1: Arrival into Harlingen. Afternoon birding at Estero Llano Grande State Park.
Day 2: Morning at Bentsen State Park. Afternoon at Anzalduas Park and Santa Ana NWR. Night owling at Bentsen State Park.
Day 3: Birding Sabal Palm Sanctuary in the morning. Afternoon at Resaca de la Palma State Park. Sunset visit to a parrot roost.
Day 4: All morning at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. Afternoon at Old Port Isabel Road.
Day 5: Aplomado Falcon release site, then Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge for morning birding. Afternoon birding to be determined based on regional reports.
Day 6: Morning birding at Frontera Audubon Center. Afternoon flights home.
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