Day 1:  Arrival into Brownsville, TX

You should schedule your arrival in Brownsville, TX,
(airport code BRO) after 4:00 on the first afternoon.
After checking into the hotel, we will go to dinner together,
followed by a search for parrot roosts in order to view Red-
crowned Parrots and Green Parakeets.

Overnight Brownsville.

Day 2:  Laguna Atascosa NWR and South Padre Island

Breakfast early, and then our first stop will be Laguna
Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.  Among many other
Texas specialties like White-tailed Hawk, Green Jay, Buff-
bellied Hummingbird and Groove-billed Ani.  The
reintroduced Aplomado Falcon is a possibility here.

By late morning, we will head to lunch on South Padre
Island, followed by birding the boardwalk of the World
Birding Center.  Migrating songbirds are a possibility, as
well as rails, shorebirds and herons.
We will return to the hotel for up to a two hour break,
meeting at 5:00 for dinner, and then a return to the coast
for an evening walk and birding.

Overnight Brownsville.

Day 3: Santa Ana NWR

After checking out of the hotel, we will make the hour drive
to Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.  Possibilities here
include White-tipped Dove, Common Pauraque, Olive
Sparrow and many more.

Anzalduas County Park is another site we should visit
today.  It is often good for Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet,
a small bird with a big name.

After dinner, you may want to visit Bentsen-Rio Grande
State Park for Cave Swallow, Elf Owl and nightjars.

Overnight in McAllen.

Day 4:  Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park

With plenty of birding potential, it will be easy to spend the
entire morning at this park.  Some possibilities include  
Altamira Oriole, Great Kiskadee, Hook-billed Kite, Tropical
Parula, Green Jay and Plain Chachalaca.

We could take an afternoon siesta, or opt to check out
some of the other parks in the area, which can also be
visited after dinner.

Overnight McAllen.

Day 5: the Hill Country

Today there is a 6.5 hour drive to the Hill Country of Texas,
with birding stops along the way.

After an early breakfast, we will drive up the Rio Grande
River Valley to the Falcon Dam area.  We'll also plan to
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.

Overnight in Vanderpool.

Day 6:  Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped

The main goal for today is to see these two birds. You will
visit Lost Maples State Park and Kerr Wildlife Management
Area, both excellent sites to find these species.  Other
highlights possible during the day include Green
Kingfisher, Cave Swallow, Western Scrub-Jay (Texas race
may one day be given full species status), Rufous-crowned
Sparrow, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded & Scott's Orioles.

Overnight Vanderpool.

Day 7:  Hill Country to San Antonio

The morning can be spent looking for any missed species.  
The time of your drive to San Antonio will depend on the
earliest flights home that day.

NOTE: You will be flying home from San Antonio.
Detailed Itinerary
Buff-bellied Hummingbird photo
by Bill Schmoker
Painted Bunting photo
by Bill Schmoker
Plain Chachalaca photo
by Bill Schmoker
Golden-cheeked Warbler photo
by Bill Schmoker
Black-crested Titmouse photo
by Bill Schmoker
Green Jay photo
by Bill Schmoker
Birding Texas:
Rio Grande Valley & the Hill Country
with David Trently
Texas - Lower Rio Grande Valley & the Hill Country
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