Note:  Itinerary may change order slightly to
maximize opportunities to see any rare birds in the

Satuday, February 11:
 Flights arrive in McAllen by 3:30
PM (or earlier), and bird tour begins at 3:30 PM.

After we have all gathered, we will head to Quinta
Mazatlan (or the McAllen Wing of the World Birding
Center) for about one hour.  We will then visit several
McAllen parrot roosts before it gets dark.

Just after dark, we will check into our McAllen area hotel
and enjoy a local restaurant and have a brief trip

Sunday, February 12:  After an early breakfast, we will
drive up the Rio Grande River Valley to Falcon Dam area
and including Falcon Park. We'll visit Salineño, Chapeño,
San Ygnacio, and more.  Possibilities include White-
collared Seedeater, Muscovy Duck, Red-billed Pigeon,
Audubon’s Oriole, Brown Jay, and much more.

We will likely stop most days at about 5 PM for supper.  
On some days we may experience slight delays for some
exceptional bird watching.  We will aim for a good supper
before 6 PM and then a review of bird list before getting
to bed early (for a good start the next day).

Monday, February 13:  In the morning, we start for Alan
William’s Yard in the Pharr Valley just east (less than 10
miles) of McAllen.  Specialties at feeders and water
features include Plain Chachalaca, Buff-breasted
Hummingbird, White-eyed Vireo, or some other fantastic
species crossing the border.  

In the afternoon: We will enjoy nearby Bensten Rio
Grande Valley State Park.  Possibilities include Altamira
Oriole, Kiskadee, Hook-billed Kite, Tropical Parula,Green
Jay, Plain Chachalaca.

Tuesday, February 14:  After an early breakfast, we will
head towards Santa Anna National Wildlife Refuge. It is
just downstream from McAllen. Possibilities include White-
tipped Dove, Common Paraque, Olive Sparrow, and
always more.

In the afternoon: Estero Llano Grande State Park will be
the setting for additional birding. Possibilities include
many waterfowl, Groove-billed Ani, and more. We will end
the day with a transfer to our new trip accommodations in

Wednesday, February 15: In the morning, we bird
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge on the coast of
the gulf of Mexico.  Possiblilities include Black Vulture,
White-tailed Hawk,Crested Caracara, shorebirds and

We will spend afternoon with additional birding in the area.

Thursday, February 16: In the morning, we will enjoy
Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary. Possibilities here include
Least Grebe, Green Kingfisher, Ringed Kingfisher and
Great Kiskadee.  We may find Gray-crowned
Yellowthroat, a difficult bird most anywhere else in the
United States.

Friday, February 17:  We start early for South Padre
Island Birding & Nature Center enjoying shore birds and
other local birds (such as Purple Gallinule) and wildlife
(American Alligator).  

Afternoon at Boca Chica Beach (mostly a wildlife area) will
add more opportunities for bird photography, before a
late day transfer back to McAllen.  Before heading back
we will hopefully find Neotropic Cormorant, Reddish Egret,
White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black-
bellied Whistling-Duck, and Mottled Duck.

Saturday, February 18:  This will be a day of catching
flights home and thinking about the wonderful bird
species you have seen.  We will take flights home from
McAllen that morning (or later in the day if you wish).
About Norm Lewis
Pricing Details
Detailed Itinerary and Pricing
$1,590 for the main trip, including six
breakfasts, lodging, lodging tax, bird
guide, access fees, driver, trip
planning and other services.  

Single Supplement:  $300  

Additional Costs:  $90 to $150 will
likely be your cost for additional meals
at restaurants and/or for picnic
lunches.  You will pay your own meal
tab for lunch and supper.
Great Kiskadee
by Bill Schmoker
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
by Bill Schmoker
Painted Bunting
by Bill Schmoker
Red-crowned Parrot
by Bill Schmoker
Black-bellied Whistling-duck
by Bill Schmoker
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
by Bill Schmoker
For more information or to sign up, call Charles at 888-203-7464 or Charles directly
at 720-320-1974 or by email at
Texas Rio Grande Valley
February 11 to 18 in 2012
Birding Texas Rio Grande Valley
with Norm Lewis