Trip report: Texas, High Island Migration Short Tour 1 (Apr 2008) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Jen Brumfield.

Spring migration on the Upper Texas Coast is legendary. Shorebirds, gulls, and terns erupt from the south, filling the shorelines and farmlands, and neotropical passerines swarm and crowd patches of woodlands in what is surely one of the most astounding spectacles of spring migration in America. The big draw card for this tour is the abundance of fantastic migrant birds, and the Upper Texas coast offers a very real chance of seeing over 130 species in a single day. Our tour covered all the varied habitats of the region, from the oak motte migrant traps on High Island, to the inland Pineywoods and realm of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, to coastal beaches and marshes. Trips to the world-famous Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and Bolivar Flats added to our burgeoning list of marsh and shorebirds. The weather during our tour was terrific, with afternoon temperatures in the mid 70s to low 80s, and clear skies. We had stunning views of hard-to-see species and easily amassed a five-day trip list of 172 species seen!

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