Trip report: Texas Gulf Coast custom tour (Apr 2009) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Michael Retter. This was a custom tour that combined parts of our Upper Texas Coast and South Texas tours.

The Gulf Coast of Texas in April hosts a dizzying array of birds: up to 400 species either migrate through or breed in the area every spring. We covered the entire Texas Coast, from Mexico to Louisiana. This was a private tour for the Maryland Ornithological Society, so we were able to mostly skip coastal migrant traps and concentrate on the more southerly and westerly birds. Forgoing species like Blackburnian Warbler and Eastern Bluebird gave us time to concentrate on more difficult local specialties like Muscovy Duck, Whooping Crane, Red-billed Pigeon, White-collared Seedeater, and Bachman!s Sparrow. Blue Bunting and Masked Duck were unexpected highlights.

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