Trip Details

THURSDAY:

santa ana

Bird On!****

If you can get in and out of a van and love to bird, but aren’t up to walking two or three miles, these trips are designed for you. Reserve your space for this special track of more sedentary trips to visit different, high-target destinations each day, where we will sit and wait for birds to come to us. This will be birding from the van or tram a few feet from it, as well as watching water features and feeders.  Excludes premium sites.
****3 days of trips restricted to designed for those with limited mobility.

THURSDAY - Weslaco / Estero tram in the morning, sod farms (if accessible due to rain), downtown Weslaco (parrots), Frontera/VNC

Santa Ana Sorpresa  

Santa Ana: Santa Ana NWR is a great place to observe a wide array of LRGV specialties and raptors, as well as Harris’s Hawk Pyrrhuloxia, Neo-tropical Cormorant and shorebirds, thanks to productive wetland and riparian habitats. This tropical jungle has towers and trails to tackle, before we travel to the Hidalgo Pumphouse to see Monk Parakeets, Black Phoebe, and who knows what else!  

 birdy brownsvilleBirdy Brownsville*

Don’t miss these three main sites in the coastal prairie and riparian corridor near Brownsville, with high species potential!  Sabal Palm Sanctuary, one of the last tracts of Sabal Palm forest in the USA, is well known for rarities and migrants, thanks to wetlands, forest and proximity to the Rio Grande.   In the Coastal Prairie on Boca Chica we’ll be looking for Cassin’s Sparrow, Gull-billed Tern and Aplomado Falcon, among other birds of the open country.  The former Camp Lulu Sams is generally closed to the public, so seize this rare chance to explore a native, never-developed tract that is home to a wide variety of natural communities and flocking birds.  *THURSDAY ONLY


FRIDAY:

Bird On!****

If you can get in and out of a van and love to bird, but aren’t up to walking two or three miles, these trips are designed for you. Reserve your space for this special track of more sedentary trips to visit different, high-target destinations each day, where we will sit and wait for birds to come to us. This will be birding from the van or tram a few feet from it, as well as watching water features and feeders.  Excludes premium sites. ****3 days of trips restricted to designed for those with limited mobility.

FRIDAY:  Bentsen tram in the morning, NBC, Anzalduas County Park

 mission mcallenMission/McAllen Madness

This tour features the fabled Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, where the Plain Chachalaca, Altamira Oriole, Olive Sparrow and Gray Hawk reside.  The Hawk Tower overlooking the oxbow is an exceptional vantage point for viewing raptors in flight, and near-by Anzalduas County Park offers visitors to the Rio Grande River a shot at the Kingfisher ‘Trifecta’.  We’ll spend the afternoon watching water features in McAllen, for a chance to see Clay-colored Thrush, Curve-billed Thrasher and multiple migrants. 

 starr countyStarr County Combine

The western part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Starr and Zapata Counties, near the banks of the Rio Grande, may yield Red-billed Pigeon, Audubon’s Oriole and White-collared Seedeater, while arid areas are home to Cactus Wren, the Black-tailed Gnatcatcher and Scaled Quail.  We will drive quite a way and work hard for our birds, but they will be worth it!  


 

SATURDAY:

 kimg ranchKing Ranch***

This is a special, private version of the King Ranch (Norias Tract) spring bird tour, featuring the largest US populations of Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl and Tropical Parula, as well as Northern Beardless Tyrannulet and Audubon’s Oriole (rare).  This legendary property boasts oak mottes, grasslands and ancient sand dunes at the edge of the Laguna Madre. Weather permitting, we’ll get to see it all!  Migrants should be abundant, and rarities have turned up.  Please note: There are NO RESTROOMS AVAILABLE beyond the ranch gate/entrance.
***SUPER-PREMIUM TRIP, $75 ADD-ON FEE

 weslacoWeslaco’s Loros, Lakes & Landmarks

Weslaco is blessed with three, rich nature sites – Estero Llano Grande State Park, Valley Nature Center, and Frontera Audubon—and home to colorful colonies of Green Parakeets and Red-crowned Parrots.  We’ll visit all three sites in search of Long-billed Thrasher, Couch’s Kingbird and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, as well as more common local birds like Great Kiskadee and Green Jay.  A wide variety of local specialties are likely!  

 bird on2Bird On!****

If you can get in and out of a van and love to bird, but aren’t up to walking two or three miles, these trips are designed for you. Reserve your space for this special track of more sedentary trips to visit different, high-target destinations each day, where we will sit and wait for birds to come to us. This will be birding from the van or tram a few feet from it, as well as watching water features and feeders.  Excludes premium sites. ****3 days of trips restricted to designed for those with limited mobility.

SATURDAY - Private ranch tour

 

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