Trip report: Texas, High Island Migration (Apr 2009) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Michael Retter.

Our High Island Migration “short tour” is 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 visited 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 allowed us rapid access to High Island in the event of one of the Gulf Coast’s famous fallout events, our nights were based in the town of Winnie. Trips to the world-famous Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and Bolivar Flats added to an impressive list of marsh birds and shorebirds. A day in the Pineywoods produced Bachman’s Sparrow, Swainson’s Warbler, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker.

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