Birdathon: Upper Texas Coast Migration and East Texas Warblers, Saturday – Wednesday

April 15 – 19

Birding doesn’t get much better than spring on the Upper Texas Coast. High Island is a world-famous migrant trap, which during April can be jumping with warblers, vireos, thrushes, tanagers and grosbeaks. Nearby on Bolivar Peninsula, the mud-flats, marshes and rice fields are host to hordes of shorebirds refueling for their long trip to northern breeding grounds. We’ll be based in Winnie for the first three nights. Migrant activity on the coast is heavily weather-dependent, so our daily itineraries will change as needed. We’ll visit the High Island sanctuaries, Sabine Woods, Bolivar Flats, and Anahuac NWR.

Our trip into the Piney Woods of East Texas will give us a day-and-a-half to bird one of the most botanically-rich ecosystems in North America. We’ll have a chance at many East Texas specialties like Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bachman’s Sparrow, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Swallow-tailed Kite, along with as many as 12 species of nesting warblers in full song. We will spend the night in Jasper and visit the Big Thicket National Preserve and Angelina National Forest. We will return to Austin by 6:00pm on April 19. Please note that this trip is over Easter weekend.

There is a $150 fee for this trip. Participants’ travel, hotel and meals are not included. We will carpool and share gas expenses. The trip is limited to 8 participants. Contact Eric Stager ( for more information.

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