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USA – Texas

Spring Migration

4 April to 14 April 2017

Leader: Richard Coomber

Maximum of eight clients.

2017 Cost £3,499 single room supplement £480

The Lone Star State of Texas possesses some of the best birding in the United States in April when it sees the mass migration of literally millions of warblers, birds of prey, shorebirds, thrushes, sparrows and buntings moving from their wintering grounds in South and Central America to their northerly breeding grounds. Our tour is designed not to be too ambitious in terms of miles driven and to concentrate on particular areas where we think we have the best chance of encountering both migrant and resident species. Our focus will be southern Texas and especially the delta floodplain of the Lower Rio Grande Valley – here we can find a unique mixture of habitats, where the river meets the ocean and mixes with almost tropical woodlands and desert-like areas.

The beauty of this spring tour in Texas is that the vast majority of the birds will be in their best breeding plumage and we would hope to see many eye-catching species. Starting with diminutives we have the tiny hummingbirds, then the more soberly coloured sparrows (of which Texas can boast over a dozen species), then there are orioles, flycatchers, thrushes, wood warblers, shorebirds, birds of prey and dozens of species of waterbirds. At any point on our journey we may witness movements of birds, perhaps a flock of American White Pelicans, or a group of Mississippi Kites, or maybe a gang of Yellow-headed Blackbirds, all heading towards northern breeding territories. Photographically there could be many highlights, with the chance to take some great shots of migrant flocks of birds of prey and shorebirds.

Join Richard on this tour of Texas and see why we think this itinerary is another winner in the Ornitholidays’ suite of North American holidays.

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Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Fly to Houston,
transfer to Conroe
Days 2-3 Rockport
Days 4-8 Brownsville
Day 9 Rosenburg
Day 10 Depart Houston
Day 11 Arrive London