Jim and the GOS run two birding programs in April that are the best activities of the entire year. One is pure birding, visiting virtually every good birding site on the UTC. Places include Sabine Woods, High Island, Anahuac, Brazoria and San Bernard NWR, Quintana Neotropical Sanctuary, Bolivar Flats, Galveston’s Lafitte’s Cove Nature Preserve and San Luis Pass, Texas City Dike, Brazos Bend State Park and of course, Jim’s amazing property. We’ll see around two hundred species from brilliant warblers to exquisitely-colored shorebirds, and spend five days in delightful, spring weather. You are welcomed to bring a hand-held camera, but the emphasis will be on bird watching.
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The other activity is the spring photo shoot, where we attempt to take pictures of warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, buntings and orioles, plus most shorebirds. Best of the latter group are the breeding-plumaged Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, both dowitchers, Red Knot and Wilson’s Phalarope. Waders, including bitterns and ibises, dancing Reddish Egrets and Roseate Spoonbills at the Rookery round out the ticket, with surprises every day. You will take in excess of one hundred species in excellent shots, many ready for publication. Both activities are in small groups.
Transportation for the small group will be in the GOS van and lunch will be in one of several local seafood restaurants with delicious food and great conversation about local birds.