Day 1:  Arrival in Brownsville, TX, by 4:00 PM.
Transfer to hotel, then dinner.
Evening birding in search of resident parrots and other
urban species.
Day 2:  Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in
the morning. Lunch and early afternoon birding on
Padre Island
. Optional evening beach walk after dinner.
Day 3:  Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Anzalduas
County Park
. Afternoon siesta. Optional evening birding at
Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park.  
Day 4:  Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park. Other local
parks may be visited as well.
Day 5:  Begin drive north to the Hill Country. Birding stops
will be made en route, along the Rio Grande, including at
Falcon Dam.
Day 6: Lost Maples State Park and Kerr WMA: Today is
dedicated to finding Golden-cheeked Warbler and
Black-capped Vireo.
Day 7:  Morning birding in Hill Country. Afternoon departure
for San Antonio for late afternoon flights home.
Audubon's Oriole photo
by Bill Schmoker
Plain Chachalaca photo
by Bill Schmoker
Texas - Lower Rio Grande Valley & the Hill Country
Black-crested Titmouse photo
by Bill Schmoker
Birding Texas:
Rio Grande Valley & the Hill Country
with David Trently
Brief Itinerary
Trip Description
Cave Swallow photo
by Bill Schmoker
This trip is one of our 'slower-paced' trips, ideal for the
birder who wants to see the specialty birds of south Texas,
but without spending full days in the field.

Each day, we will be up early enough to be in the field soon
after sunrise (around 7:20), taking advantage of the cooler
temperatures and the increased bird activity. Following a
leisurely lunch, there will be birding or travel time before
heading to the hotel for an afternoon rest. Following early
evening dinners, you will have the option of a short evening
birding activity.

Some of the target species for this trip include: Least
Grebe, Gray Hawk, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara,
Aplomado Falcon, Red-billed Pigeon, Green Parakeet,
Red-crowned Parrot, Groove-billed Ani, Common
Pauraque, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ringed Kingfisher,
Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Northern
Beardless-Tyrannulet, Great Kiskadee, Black-capped
Vireo, Green Jay, Brown Jay, Long-billed Thrasher,
Tropical Parula, Golden-cheeked Warbler, White-collared
Seedeater, Olive Sparrow, Altamira Oriole, Audubon's

NOTE: This trip begins in Brownsville and ends in San
Brief Overview of the Trip
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher photo
by Bill Schmoker
Painted Bunting photo
by Bill Schmoker
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher photo
by Bill Schmoker
Painted Bunting photo
by Bill Schmoker
More Details on This Trip
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