Upland Sandpiper                                                                                        Chuck-will’s Widow

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.

Contact Rich Cimino for registration information and form. Cell:925-353-0266 or

YBT – Texas 2019 trip species list

Plan to arrive on Monday April 11, 2022. The Texas field trip starts on Tuesday APRIL 12, 2022.
On Monday April 11th, I’ll meet you in Houston, at George Bush International Airport to shuttle you to our hotel and get acquainted and have a Q & A dinner. Do not use Hobby Airport (the Southwest hub) or Dallas Airport (The American Airlines Hub) as a connection.

Day 1 Tuesday April 12, 2022 – 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  Wednesday April 13 – 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  Thursday  April 14 & Friday April 15 two days of birding on Sabine Pass and High Island watching for migrant Buntings, Warblers, Flycatchers, Vireos, Tanagers, Sparrows and water birds.

Day 5 Saturday April 16 We’ll bird Bolivar Peninsula for shore birds, waders, gulls and terns. The evening is in Galvaston.

Day 6 Sunday April 17 in the morning we’ll bird the Galvaston Bay area, then on to George Bush International Airport for our return flights home. Try to schedule a late afternoon flight if possible.

Deposit is $2100.00 – which includes your lodging, breakfast, ground transportation, fuel, entrance 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. 2021.
Cancelation Policy: A $350 admin fee will be taken against your deposit if you cancel up to Feb. 25, 2022. If you cancel after Feb.25, 2022, there will no refund your payment unless a replacement is found..

Contact Rich Cimino at or 925-353-0266 for registration form.

Send your deposit to:
Rich Cimino c/o Yellowbilled Tours
60 Elizabeth Circle
Larkspur, Cal. 94904
Cell: 925-353-0266

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