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. . . . . 2015 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .



WINTER BIRDS of SOUTH TEXAS

WHOOPING CRANES & the RIO GRANDE VALLEY
9 January 2015 - 18 January 2015, 10 days & 9 nights

A boat ride on Aransas Bay will play a key roll in this tour. It is our ticket to the magnificent, rare and endangered Whooping Crane, whose population is growing annually. We'll see a wealth of additional aquatic species such as Eared Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Roseate Spoonbill, and perhaps an American Bittern. Santa Ana is reliable for Ringed and Green Kingfishers, while Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park and Anzalduas County Park are known for their Mexican rarities and wintering songbirds, such as Clay-colored Thrush, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, and Tropical Parula. One year we found a Roadside Hawk at Bentsen, which at that time was the fourth ABA record! Another tour produced Green-breasted Mango and Blue Bunting. We'll travel as far upriver as San Ygnacio in search of Audubon's and Altamira Orioles, Hook-billed Kite, and White-collared Seedeater. Our visit to the Santa Gertrudis Division of the King Ranch should provide good looks at White-tailed Hawk, Harris's Hawk, Burrowing Owl, Sprague's Pipit, Olive Sparrow, and a host of other scrub-thorn species. Bob Schutsky is the scheduled tour leader.

Price: $2695.00 from Corpus Christi, Texas    

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SOUTH TEXAS, the LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, and the extreme SOUTH TEXAS GULF COAST

with a good chance for FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL
13 February 2015 - 22 February 2015, 10 days & 9 nights

We'll see a wealth of aquatic species along the extreme southern Gulf Coast. These may include Snowy and Piping Plovers, Roseate Spoonbill, and perhaps a Northern Gannet and Sandwich Tern. Our visit to the King Ranch will hopefully yield a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, along with fine looks at White-tailed Hawk, Harris's Hawk, Burrowing Owl, Sprague's Pipit, Olive Sparrow, and a host of other scrub-thorn species. Santa Ana is reliable for Ringed and Green Kingfishers, while Bentsen - Rio Grande Valley State Park and Anzalduas County Park are known for their Mexican rarities and wintering songbirds, such as Clay-colored Thrush, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, and Tropical Parula. One year we found a Roadside Hawk at Bentsen, which at that time was the fourth ABA record! Another previous tour produced Green-breasted Mango and Blue Bunting. And recently we found a Crimson-collared Grosbeak. Great birds! We'll travel as far upriver as San Ygnacio in search of Audubon's and Altamira Orioles, Hook-billed Kite, and White-collared Seedeater. This tour focuses on the Lower Rio Grande Valley, from the Gulf Coast to San Ignacio. Bob Schutsky is the scheduled leader. The tour price remains the same as it was in 2013 and 2014.

Price: $2595.00 from Harlingen, Texas    

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SOUTH TEXAS HAWK MIGRATION

Raptors, Songbirds & Specialties of the Lower Rio Grande Valley
24 March 2015 - 31 March 2015, 8 days & 7 nights

Some of the finest spring hawk migration in North America occurs in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, as raptors move north out of Central America and Mexico.  We will spend eight days in the Valley, dividing our time between the well-established hawk watches at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge and Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park.  Additional birders and volunteers will be present as we all work together to identify most or all of the birds that pass by, not just birds of prey.  We are likely to see good numbers of raptors on a daily basis, including kettles of Broad-winged Hawks and Mississippi Kites.  A nice variety of hawks will move through in smaller numbers, with hopefully a rarity or two.  When we are not hawk watching, we will search for many of the other Valley specialties at some of the best birding locales in South Texas.  Bob Schutsky is the scheduled leader.  We ran this tour very successfully in the same time period of 2011.

Price: $1975.00 from McAllen, Texas    

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