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Short Trips for Target Birds Series

TEXAS: Black-capped Vireo & Golden-cheeked Warbler

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2019 :: April 26 - April 29



From: $1,250 (See details)
Cost is per person, double occupancy from Austin, Texas. (AUS)


3 - 7 Participants


7 spaces available


This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.

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Highlights of TEXAS: Black-capped Vireo & Golden-cheeked Warbler

  • Short trip for target species
  • Golden-cheeked Warbler
  • Black-capped Vireo
  • Texas Hill Country

Description of TEXAS: Black-capped Vireo & Golden-cheeked Warbler

Join our long-weekend tour targeting Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo, in Texas Hill Country.

The oak-juniper habitat of central Texas, a short distance from the thriving city of Austin, is the only place in the world where these two species breed.

The rare and endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler has declined dramatically due to habitat loss throughout its relatively-small breeding and wintering ranges. The population of Black-capped Vireos, the smallest regularly-occurring vireo species in North America, are recovering due to intense conservation efforts.

We’ll visit several reliable locations to see these specialties, along with Painted Bunting, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Summer Tanager, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Swainson’s Hawk, and other regional species on this Texas short tour. We may spend an evening witnessing nearly a million bats flying out from under a city bridge – one of Austin’s most famous spectacles!



Length of Tour


Brief Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrivals; birding around Austin

Day 2 – Balcones Canyonlands

Day 3 – South Llano River State Park and Black-capped Vireo

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrivals, Local Specialties

We will collect all of our participants and bird the Austin area. We’ll loop the Hornsby water treatment admiring myriad shorebirds, waterfowl, waders, and gulls. A city retention pond is home to a Least Grebe, and Monk Parakeets may be seen flying into nearby trees. At dusk we may choose to watch a dizzying number of bats streaming out from under a city bridge – one of Austin’s most famous and awe-inspiring spectacles!

Day 2 – Balcones Canyonlands and Golden-cheeked Warbler

We’ll rise early and venture out to Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. We’ll walk the Canyon Ridge Trail to find nesting Golden-cheeked Warblers, as well as Summer Tanager, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Painted Bunting and many more! We’ll explore several sections of this vast Refuge before heading to the town of Junction, our base for the next target. We’ll arrive in time to bird South Llano River State Park for several hours before dinner – we may stay till darkness to hear calling nightjars.

Day 3 – South Llano River State Park and Black-capped Vireo

Today we thoroughly explore the park, enjoying additional looks at target species and myriad other species. Featuring multiple blinds, delightful trails, and great scenery, the park offers plenty to see and experience. Black-capped Vireos hop around their nesting territory, while Vermillion and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers hawk insects. Blinds provide up-close views of Rufous-crowned, Lark, Black-throated, and Clay-colored Sparrows, along with Orange-crowned Warblers, Verdins, Yellow-breasted Chats,  Canyon Towhees, Varied and Painted Buntings, and Bell’s Vireos. We’ll bird our way back to Austin, stopping along the way to look for Zone-tailed Hawk, Cassin’s Sparrow, among other birds of the Texas Plains.

Day 4 – Austin area birding, Departures

We will spend any time we have prior to our departures birding the Austin area. We will then go to the airport to meet departing flights.

Cost Details


Cost is $1,250 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Austin, Texas. (Airport code AUS).
This trip ends in same as arrival city (Airport code AUS).

Cost Includes

Cost includes airport transfers, all ground transportation, accommodations, entrance fees and services of your professional leader(s).

Cost does not Include

All meals, flights to/from destination city, trip insurance, or anything that is not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.

Minimum Number

If fewer than the minimum number of participants registered the trip can still run with a small-group supplement fee per person determined by the number of participants.

Single Supplement

If a single room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $150 will be assessed.

Deposit Requirements

A $500 deposit per person is required to hold each space on this tour. Deposit may be made online by clicking the "Book Your Trip Now" button and using any credit card. If you prefer, you may call us at 888-875-9453 to pay by phone. You may also mail us a check, however, remember that all space is held on a first come-first served basis as deposits are received.

Minimum Number

If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered.

How to Book

In order to hold your space, click the "Book Your Trip Now" button above and complete the deposit process, including payment of the deposit through our Paypal portal using ANY CREDIT CARD. Upon completion of deposit, please visit our secure, online CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to complete your registration.

Final Payment

For all land-based tours: full payment by check is due 120 days prior to the departure date.

For all boat-based adventure cruises of 7-days or longer: full payment by check is required 180 days prior to departure.

NOTE: If you prefer to use credit card for final payment, a 3% fee may be added to cover the credit card merchant fees we incur.


Three nights accommodations in standard motels, all ensuite and comfortable. Wherever possible, we support establishments that implement eco-friendly practices.

Activity Level

Activity Level Rating: (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)

Most walks will be easy, but we won’t give up until we get the bird!

Additional Information

Recommended Field Guide

Sibley Birds East (2nd Edition, 2016, Knopf)
by David Allen Sibley

Sibley Birds is also available as an App


Non-smoking Tour

This trip is for non-smokers only. Smoking is not permitted at any time during our tour.


We will using a 12 or 15-passenger van, driven by the leader (s). If the group size is smaller, a mini-van may be used.

Non-smoking Tour

Smoking is not permitted at any time during our tour.

Purchasing Flights

Do not purchase your flights until the trip has been confirmed to go.

Detailed Trip Information

Upon notification that final payment is due (120 days prior to departure for land based tours / 180 days for boat based tours), you will receive a trip package of detailed information for your tour.

Any additional information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, participants, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure, or after final payment is received for late registrants.

Travel Insurance

As with all tours, we highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to cover your investment. Please see our section on Travel Insurance.

Passport & Visa

US Citizens may require a visa to enter certain foreign countries. See above for any required visa information.

Participants arriving to the USA from a foreign country may need to get a travel visa to enter the United States. Be sure to check the requirements for your country of origin.

Itinerary Changes

The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.

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