Texas & New Mexico - Birding the Rio Grande
Sunday 22nd January - Sunday 5th February 2017
We begin this tour by visiting the Lower Rio Grande Valley in the Lone Star State of Texas where a number of wildlife refuges will be visited along with a few other sites. In this part of Texas, the warmer winter weather encourages some South and Central American species to extend their ranges a little further north than normal. Consequently at super sites like Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge we may encounter 3 species of Kingfisher plus Great Kiskadees, Plain Chachalacas, Green Jays, Paraques and lots more besides. Out on the coast at Laguna Atascosa NWR 80% of North Americas' Redhead ducks winter in the shallow lagoon where Ospreys dive for Mullet and other fish.
From here we move into New Mexico, the next US State westwards and visit a number of towns and other locations in our search for wildlife. Greater Roadrunners, Pyrrhuloxias, Cactus Wrens and Black-throated Sparrows are just a few of the possibilities in this more desert-like state. To end the tour we spend a few nights a short distance north of Bosque del Apache NWR where we should have a fantastic birding spectacle. There will be perhaps as many as 15,000 Sandhill Cranes, 35,000 Snow Geese (and lots more besides) to be seen and we will try to be there for the sunrise flight out and the evening flight back into their roosting lagoons. Needless to say, we will also spend further time here seeking out other species which may include Wild Turkeys, Mule Deer and Coyotes to name just a few.
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