Tours & Destinations Alabama
. . . . . 2014 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
DAUPHIN ISLAND, ALABAMA & MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST
FIRST & FINEST MIGRATION STOP6 April 2014 - 12 April 2014, 7 days & 6 nights
We'll spend each night in the same beach house on Dauphin Island. The house will give us a friendly family atmosphere. Home cooked breakfasts will help get us off to a good start each day. This area of the Gulf Coast is where migrants get their first view of land after crossing the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf Coast is a great staging area for travel weary migrants. Dauphin Island is famous for the Shell Mound and Goat Tree migrant traps. Birding daily in and around these locations will almost certainly provide some entirely new birds every day. Nearby areas including Bon Secour, Sandhill Crane Refuge, and the National Seashore will provide a diverse group of shorebirds, rails, and waders. Some of the aquatic birds that will show us a bit of southern hospitality include Magnificent Frigatebird, Least Bittern, Black, Sandwich, and Gull-billed Terns, Hudsonian Godwit, and hopefully either a Black or Yellow Rail. Raptors should include the elegant Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites. Land birding is likely to yield Brown-headed Nuthatch, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Philadelphia Vireo, Prothonotary, Worm-eating, Swainson's, Yellow-throated, Kentucky, and Hooded Warblers, Northern Parula, Orchard Oriole, Blue Grosbeak, and Painted Bunting. It will be a wonderful week on the Gulf of Mexico. Dan Watkins will lead this tour. You will receive a $200 discount if you participate in both this tour and the Louisiana Tour that follows immediately afterward (see separate Southwest Louisiana Tour description).