South Texas

Red-crowned Parrots by Simon Thompson

Rockport, Rio Grande Valley

& Texas Hill Country

March 25 – April 4, 2021

Least Grebe Photo by Simon Thompson

Your place on this Venture is reserved when your completed registration form and deposit of $300/person has been received. Deposit may be made via the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order (payable to ‘VENTURES BIRDING’) sent to PO Box 1095, Skyland, NC 28776. This Venture is limited to 8 participants.

Cost of South Texas Venture: $3350 per person from San Antonio, based on double occupancy. Single supplement - $575 Includes: All ground transportation, boat tours, all accommodation, meals, entrance fees, information packet & bird checklist, guide/leader service throughout. Not included: Airfare to San Antonio, alcoholic beverages, tips/gratuities, laundry, and other items of a personal nature.

Experience one of North America’s birding “hot spots” with us this spring, on our 10-day birding adventure to Southern Texas. We will visit a good selection of local birding hotspots along the way, including Aransas, Bentsen-Rio Grande & Falcon State Parks, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, the National Audubon Society’s Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary and other excellent birding locations in the Rockport/Fulton area and all along the Rio Grande Valley.

This trip will take us through three distinct birding areas, each with their own set of target species. We will start along the coast in Rockport, where we will bird the coastal marshes and woodlands looking for wintering shorebirds, raptors such as White-tailed Hawk and Aplomado Falcon before we take a boat to look for Whooping Cranes. These magnificent birds are fairly reliable as they feed on blue crabs in the maritime marsh.es As we continue our birding down the coast, we will turn inland at the Mexican border and head upriver for the specialties of the lower Rio Grande Valley. We should have no problems finding many of the specialties, such as Golden-cheeked Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Altamira Oriole and the beautiful Green Jay. After birding the valley for the next few days, we will head north to the Texas Hill Country. Here we will look for two rare birds of the area, the Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo. We return to San Antonio for our flights back home.

Some of the Birds We Hope to See

Roseate Spoonbill, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Harris’s and White-tailed Hawks, Chihuahuan Raven, Green and Brown Jays, Western Scrub-Jay, Altamira and Audubon’s Orioles, Pauraque, Crested Caracara, American White Pelican, Great Kiskadee, Plain Chachalaca, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, White-tipped Dove, Elf Owl, Ringed and Green Kingfishers, Least Grebe, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo and many more.