Bird Tour
of the Texas Coastal Bend

  Sample Itinerary


Jennifer Grande from Gowanda, New York was a 2017 Texas Tour participant.  She summed up her experience by saying, "I had a fantastic time in Texas. Gene was great, a veritable fountain of knowledge. I saw 134 species, 92 of which were new to me, and came away with a new appreciation for and interest in shorebirds."

For Birders this tour offers the most complete introduction available to the richest bird area in North America in the company of the most experienced guides.  The tentative itinerary is shown below, along with notable bird species we are likely to see at each locality.  Note that because of the small size of our tours, we can be flexible.   Gene and John are willing to work with participants to get to the places necessary to give them the best chance to see the  birds they really want to see. We also encourage  Birders to review the checklist of South Texas Birds, and correspond with us beforehand regarding the species that they would especially like to see.

Day 1
Guests arrive at Welder.

Day 2
Birding at Welder: Fulvous Whistling-Duck,  Plain Chachalaca, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, White-tailed Hawk,  Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Inca Dove, Common Ground Dove, White-tipped Dove, Greater Roadrunner, Common Pauraque, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Crested Caracara, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Green Jay, Cave Swallow, Black-crested Titmouse, Verdin, Long-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Painted Bunting.  Rockport boat trip (  and other Rockport birding hotspots - Wood Stork,  American White Pelican, Brown Pelican, Reddish Egret, Gull-billed Tern, and other bay birds; lunch at excellent local eatery.   Indian Point, Nueces Bay Causeway - Roseate Spoonbill, Reddish Egret, Black-necked Stilt, Piping Plover, Snowy Plover, Wilson's Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, American Oystercatcher, Forster's Tern.  Shamrock Island boat trip - Noddy Tern, Black Skimmer, American Oystercatcher, Wilson's Plover, Least Tern, Sandwich Tern, Forster's Tern, Royal Tern, Caspian Tern.  Back to Welder for evening meal.

Day 3
Hazel Bazemore County Park - Top hawk-watch site in the United States in terms of total numbers of  species and individuals  per spring and fall season; Kingsville   Harris' Hawk, Groove-billed Ani, Hooded Oriole, White-tipped Dove, White-winged Dove, Great Kiskadee, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Mottled Duck; King Ranch - Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Northern Beardless Tyrannulet, Tropical Parula; Laguna Atascosa - Aplomado Falcon.  Evening meal at a local restaurant; stay the night in Brownsville area.

Day 4
South Padre Island - Mangrove Warbler; Sabal Palm Grove - Brownsville Yellowthroat; Southmost College Campus - Green Parakeet.  Then back to Welder for the evening meal.

Day 5
Old San Patricio -   Least Grebe, Couch's Kingbird; McMullen County  - Cassin's Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Lesser Nighthawk, Ash-throated Flycatcher,  Curve-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Cactus Wren.  Evening meal and night in Boerne.

Day 6
Balcones Canyonlands  Hill country specialties.  Back to Welder for afternoon birding and evening meal.

Day 7

Note that there will be optional early morning bird walks and late evening spotlight drives every day when the group is at Welder.
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Welder Caracara photo by Bill Draker (