A trip to the Lower Rio Grande Valley is magical at any time of year. Spring features a wonderful array of migrating passerines, raptors, and shorebirds, in addition to resident specialties.
Deep south Texas hosts an incredible diversity of avifauna; more than 500 species of birds have been documented in the 4-county region, including tropical specialties that can be found nowhere else in the USA. Some of the goodies include Altamira Oriole, Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Ringed and Green Kingfishers, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Least Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Roseate Spoonbill, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, White-tipped Dove, Olive Sparrow, and Aplomado Falcon. And that doesn’t even cover the host of exciting vagrants from Mexico that have visited the Lower Rio Grande Valley!
We’ll explore wetlands, woodlands, and palm-fringed resacas, visiting such legendary hotspots as Estero Llano Grande State Park, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Santa Ana NWR, Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park, and Falcon Dam. It will be an exciting week!