Lower Rio Grande Valley Winter Birding
Break:
These winter trips concentrate on the region from
the Gulf coast upriver to Falcon Dam, and sometimes as
far as San Ygnacio. Typical trips involve three or four
nights in McAllen, which is well-situated as a base for
reaching most of the major regional birding sites. With an
added two nights closer to the coast, you will have plenty of
time to visit all the prime habitats in the area. Target birds
on this trip include Least Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant,
Mottled Duck, Gray Hawk, White-tailed Hawk, Crested
Caracara, Aplomado Falcon, Plain Chachalaca,
White-tipped Dove, Green Parakeet, Red-crowned Parrot,
Common Pauraque, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ringed
Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker,
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Great Kiskadee, Green
Jay, Clay-colored Thrush, Long-billed Thrasher, Tropical
Parula, Olive Sparrow, Altamira Oriole and Audubon's
Oriole. Some rarer species we hope to find include
Hook-billed Kite, Red-billed Pigeon, Ferruginous
Pygmy-Owl and Brown Jay. This is a great time of year to
look for Mexican strays such as Gray-crowned
Yellowthroat, Golden-crowned Warbler, Crimson-collared
Grosbeak, Blue Bunting and other surprises that seem to
arrive each winter. Trips are offered in late January and
February.
Brief Overview of Each Trip
Buff-bellied Hummingbird photo
by Bill Schmoker
Audubon's Oriole photo
by Bill Schmoker
Green Jay photo
by Bill Schmoker
Golden-fronted Woodpecker photo
by Bill Schmoker
Birding in Texas
Four Choices for Birding in Texas
Lower Rio Grande Valley; Whooping Cranes plus the Hill
Country, Lower Rio Grande plus the Hill Country; Big Bend
and the Hill Country
Lower Rio Grande Valley Plus the Hill
Country:
 This spring trip covers many of the same
areas as our Lower Rio Grande Valley trip (finding many of
the same bird species mentioned above), and also adds a
visit to the Hill Country of the Edwards Plateau.  The Hill
Country is where we will look for Golden-cheeked Warbler
and Black-capped Vireo.  In addition to the species listed
for the previous trip, on this trip you have a better chance
to se eUpland Sandpiper, American Golden-Plover, Elf
Owl, Common Poorwill, Couch's Kingbird, Cave Swallow,
Tropical Parula and Botteri's Sparrow.  In addition, early
spring brings many species of songbirds migrating north
through the area.  Trips are offered in April and sometimes
May.   
Big Bend & the Hill Country:  This trip gives you
the opportunity to see some of the most sought-after birds
in the US: Colima Warbler, Golden-cheeked Warbler,
Black-capped Vireo, Lucifer Hummingbird and Montezuma
Quail.  You will visit three major birding areas of Texas -
Davis Mountains, Big Bend National Park and the Hill
Country.  Some other targets of the trip include Common
Black-Hawk, Green Kingfisher, Gray Vireo, Painted
Redstart, Cassin's Sparrow and Scott's Oriole.  
Please call Charles (in the USA at 720-320-1974 or toll free at 888-203-7464) or Ian
(in the UK at 07719-052820), and/or email
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Whooping Cranes and Hill Country
Specialties:
This early spring trip to Texas is primarily
designed to offer you the opportunity to see endangered
Whooping Cranes along the Texas coast, Golden-cheeked
Warblers and Black-capped Vireos in the Texas Hill
Country, and several additional Texas specialties,
including Least Grebe, White-tailed Hawk, White-tipped
Dove, Common Pauraque, Buff-bellied Hummingbird,
Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great
Kiskadee, Green Jay, Black-crested Titmouse, Long-billed
Thrasher, Tropical Parula and Olive Sparrow. Since this
trip is run in early April, there is also the chance for some
early spring migrants.