Trip report: Texas, High Island Migration Short Tour 2 (Apr 2008) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Michael Retter.

Our “High Island Migration shorts” are a great opportunity for those with limited time to visit the legendary Upper Texas Coast and still see an amazing variety of birds. Over the 5-day period, we visit all the varied habitats of the region, from migrant traps on High Island, to the inland Pineywoods, to coastal beaches and salt and freshwater marshes. In order to minimize the hassles of packing and unpacking, and also because it allows us rapid access to High Island in the event of one of the Gulf Coast’s famous fallout events, our nights are based in the town of Winnie. Trips to the world-famous Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and Bolivar Flats add to an impressive list of marsh birds and shorebirds. A day in the Pineywoods targets Bachman’s Sparrow, Swainson’s Warbler, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker.

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