New 2020 – this field trip is scheduled for April 12, 2020.
Why bird east Texas in the spring ? One reason is High Island and its warbler migrant fallout is so much different than birding west Texas. High Island will be a focus as will be Houston area hot spots, Galveston Bay and the Upper Texas Coast, Big thicket National Preserve and Bolivar Flats. Up to 25 species of warblers can be seen on this field trip. Other possibilities will be Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Acadian Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Brown Thrasher, Scarlet Tanager, Bachmann’s Sparrow, Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow and Common Grackle.
Plan to arrive on Saturday April 11, 2020. The Texas field trip starts on Sunday APRIL12, 2020.
On Saturday April 11, I’ll meet you in Houston, at George Bush International Airport to shuttle you to our hotel and get acquainted and Q & A dinner. Do not use Hobby Airport or Dallas Airport as a connection.
Day 1 Sunday – We will be birding Jones State Park, Martin Dies Jr. State Pk. and key hot spots seeking the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker and Pine Warbler.
Day 2 Monday – We’ll bird Big Thicket NWR which has a number of small preserves which we’ll bird and Tyrrell Park – Cattail Marsh – Beaumont Area.
Day 3 – 4 Tuesday & Wednesday two days of birding on Sabine Pass and High Island watching for migrant Buntings, Warblers, Flycatchers, Vireos, Tanagers, Sparrows and water birds.
Day 5 Thursday we’ll bird Bolivar Peninsula for shore birds, waders, gulls and terns. The evening is in Galvaston. Day 6 Friday we start by birding the Galvaston Bay and bird our way toward George Bush International Airport for our return flights home. Try to schedule a late afternoon flight if possible.
Deposit is $2100.00 – includes your lodging, breakfast, ground transportation, fuel, enterence fees, guiding fees. Not included is your airfare, Saturday hotel, lunch and dinners.
Deposit is $1000.00 and balance to be paid by February 11. 2020.
Cancelation Policy: A $200 admin fee will be taken against your deposit if you cancel up to Feb. 25, 2020. If you cancel after Feb.25, 2020 if no replacement is found, your fee will be deposited in a YBT Client Holding account for you to use within 15 months towards another Yellowbilled Tours.
Contact Rich Cimino at Yellowbilledtours@gmail.com or 925-353-0266 for registration form.
Send your deposit to:
Rich Cimino c/o Yellowbilled Tours
60 Elizabeth Circle
Larkspur, Cal. 94904
Birder Testimonial 2019: “Birding Southeast Texas” in April 2019 was my third birding trip with Yellowbilled Tours, and just like the Nome, Alaska and Provence, France trips, was a wonderful experience with the opportunity to see several life birds. Rich and Janet are the best sort of guides – knowledgeable, experienced, knew where to find the birds, booked all the hotels, did all the driving, were sensitive to the interests of the members of the tour group, and took care of a myriad of other details so the birders could focus on enjoying the birds and their habitats. The pace was just right and we visited notable birding sites such as Sabine Woods, Bolivar Flats, and High Island. I was delighted to see birds I’d seen only in photos – among them were red-headed woodpecker, anhinga’s, scissor-tailed flycatchers, many new-to-me warblers 15 total wood warblers observed, wood storks, chuck-will’s-widow, and my dream bird the whooping crane. The moment we drove up to the green field, focused our binoculars, and saw the red crown on those big white birds was magical.
I had no idea the Texas coast had such a variety of birds during spring migration. Thanks, Rich and Janet, for another memorable birding experience. – Jane H., Vallejo, CA