Upper Texas Coast 6 Day Spring Migration Birding Tour
Come explore the legendary migrant traps around High Island Texas, well known as a stopping point for a multitude of migrant birds each year after their long flight across the Gulf of Mexico. See Scarlet Tanagers, Hooded Warblers, Wood Thrush, Veery, Cerulean Warbler, Swainson's Warbler, Ovenbird, Blackburnian Warbler, Painted Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue-winged Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Black-throated Green Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, and much more. With luck, the weather conditions may be right for a rare "fallout" event that drives birds down by the thousands!
We will travel down the bolivar peninsula to enjoy some beach birding, where we can see Black Tern, Wilson's Plover, Snowy Plover, American Avocet, American Oystercatcher, Reddish Egret, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, White-tailed Kite, Nelson's Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, and Clapper Rail.
We will be sure to spend a morning at Anahuac NWR to see numerous marsh birds, including Purple Galinule, King Rail, American Bittern, Least Bittern, and Fulvous Whistling-duck.
And a trip to High Island is not complete without a visit to the Smith Oaks Rookery, where hundreds of Roseate Spoonbills, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, and Neotropic Cormorants gather to nest each year.
Finally we will spend the last days birding in the east texas pineywoods, looking for Fish Crow, Swallow-tailed Kite, Bachman's Sparrow, Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and visiting a nesting colony of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers.
Due to the centralized location of all these sites we will be able to spend all but the final night in the same hotel, no packing up and moving every other day!
More details about this trip:
Pricing: $1,890 USD, or £1,390 GBP* for 6 Days and 5 Nights
Group Size: Price is based on a group size of 7 or 8 participants.
April 5 to 10, 2020
April 27 to May 2, 2020
Scarlet Tanager, Painted Bunting, Wood Thrush, Veery, Blackburnian Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Pine Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Swainson's Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Ovenbird, Roseate Spoonbill, Black Skimmer, Black Tern, Least Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Piping Plover, Snowy Plover, Wilson's Plover, Purple Galinule, Least Bittern, Clapper Rail, King Rail, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bachman's Sparrow, Brown Nuthatch, Chuck-will's-widow, Swallow-tailed Kite, White-tailed Kite, Eastern Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Bottlenose Dolphin, Common Raccoon, Nutrea, American Alligator, Texans, Leopard Frogs, Cattle drive, Nine-Banded Armadillo
Experience east Texas cajun cuisine and sample the various fresh seafood restaurants, I recommend the gulf shrimp or aligator! Birder watching can be fun as well at the well known hotspots, especially when a rare bird is reported.