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 as well as watching water features and feeders.  Excludes premium sites.  ****3 days of trips designed for those with limited mobility.

Santa Ana Sorpresa  

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

birdy brownsvilleLaguna Atascosa Alas

Laguna Atascosa, along the shores of the Laguna Madre, has the highest bird species total of any National Wildlife Refuge in the country, in addition to being a sanctuary for the USA’s largest remaining population of protected ocelot (dwarf leopard).  We will have the privilege of a special tour to limited access refuge tracts and get to explore places not currently open to the public.  Reddish Egret, White-tailed Hawk, Seaside Sparrow and so much more!

Coastal Extravaganza**

This premium tour will start with a search for Aplomado Falcons in the coastal prairie, before we ‘set sail’ from Port Isabel.  Captains Scarlett and George Colley will be our guides to the island bays where the “Mangrove” Yellow Warbler nests, alongside shorebirds, herons, and terns including Red Knot, American Oystercatcher and Reddish Egret.  Look for Bottlenose dolphin off the bow!  Then we will drive to South Padre Island to picnic and look for seasonal migrants and coastal specialties. Coast Guard limits boat occupancy, so register early! **PREMIUM TRIP, $35 ADD-ON FEE

Salt Lakes & Playas

We’ll bird the Salt Lakes north of Edinburg looking for a mix of birds that use playas and the surrounding dry thorn scrub including Snowy Plover, Black-throated Sparrow and Bewick’s Wren.  Then, we’ll head east to Delta Lake, for lunch with an interesting assortment of waterbirds and migrants.  We’ll check out roadside sites for more wetland species, including Fulvous Whistling-Duck, a host of shorebirds, Northern Bobwhite, and many others!  

Weslaco’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!  


FRIDAY:

Coastal Extravaganza**

This premium tour will start with a search for Aplomado Falcons in the coastal prairie, before we ‘set sail’ from Port Isabel.  Captains Scarlett and George Colley will be our guides to the island bays where the “Mangrove” Yellow Warbler nests, alongside shorebirds, herons, and terns including Red Knot, American Oystercatcher and Reddish Egret.  Look for Bottlenose dolphin off the bow!  Then we will drive to South Padre Island to picnic and look for seasonal migrants and coastal specialties. Coast Guard limits boat occupancy, so register early! **PREMIUM TRIP, $35 ADD-ON FEE

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.

Santa Ana Sorpresa 

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

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. 

Laguna Atascosa Alas

Laguna Atascosa, along the shores of the Laguna Madre, has the highest bird species total of any National Wildlife Refuge in the country, in addition to being a sanctuary for the USA’s largest remaining population of protected ocelot (dwarf leopard).  We will have the privilege of a special tour to limited access refuge tracts and get to explore places not currently open to the public.  Reddish Egret, White-tailed Hawk, Seaside Sparrow and so much more!

 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!  *PREMIUM TRIP, $30 ADD-ON FEE


SATURDAY:

Bird On!****

bird on2

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.

Birdy 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 we’ll be looking for Cassin’s Sparrow, Botteri’s Sparrow, Gull-billed Tern and Aplomado Falcon, among other birds of the open country.  We’ll also visit the resacas or oxbow lakes of downtown Brownsville seeking out water birds we may have missed earlier.  

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

Coastal Extravaganza**

This premium tour will start with a search for Aplomado Falcons in the coastal prairie, before we ‘set sail’ from Port Isabel.  Captains Scarlett and George Colley will be our guides to the island bays where the “Mangrove” Yellow Warbler nests, alongside shorebirds, herons, and terns including Red Knot, American Oystercatcher and Reddish Egret.  Look for Bottlenose dolphin off the bow!  Then we will drive to South Padre Island to picnic and look for seasonal migrants and coastal specialties. Coast Guard limits boat occupancy, so register early! **PREMIUM TRIP, $35 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!  

Starr 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!  *PREMIUM TRIP, $30 ADD-ON FEE

 

 

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