Upper Texas Coast Birding Tour
This trip is to one of the most well-known spring migration hotspots in the United States: High Island. Many popular sanctuaries will be visited, such as Boy Scout Woods, Smith Oaks Sanctuary, and Sabine Woods for passerines, Bolivar Flats for shorebirds, and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge for wading birds and rails. One day will include an early morning visit to the Pineywoods to see several specialties in the Angelina National Forest and Big Thicket National Preserve.
Some target birds for this trip include the following warblers: Blue-winged, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, Prairie and Black-throated Blue Warblers. Other targets are Roseate Spoonbill, White-tailed Kite, Clapper Rail, Purple Gallinule, Snowy Plover , Piping Plover, Upland Sandpiper, Red Knot, White-rumped Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Wilson’s Phalarope, Black Skimmer, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Fish Crow, Veery, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Wood Thrush, Bachman’s Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager and Rose-breasted Grosbeak, among numerous other migrants.
Day 1: Arrival in Houston. Check in to hotel, evening birding if time allows.
Day 2: High Island in the morning, then Bolivar Flats in the afternoon. Check in to hotel in Winnie.
Day 3: Sabine Woods in the morning, Smith Oaks and The Rookery in High Island in the afternoon.
Day 4: Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in the morning, High Island in the afternoon.
Day 5: Very early morning drive to Boykin Springs/Pineywoods, afternoon in Tyrrell Park, evening in High Island.
Day 6: Morning birding in High Island/Anahuac, depart to airport for flights home.
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