[Tweeters] Birding South Texas recs

Ryan Justice blackburnian151 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 14 15:50:28 PST 2022

That’s a good split which will allow ample time to bird all of the Valley hotspots. A morning at Estero Llano will yield most of the Valley specialties without too much problem. After that you will have a ton of time to explore places like Santa Ana NWR, S Padre Island, Valley Nature Center, Quinta Mazatlan, and Salineño Nature Preserve (among others).

Brownsville is good for the parrots and parakeets and hopefully the Social Flycatcher is still around.

Santa Ana is good birding in general, but obviously the Bat Falcon has been the star of the show lately.

You’ll have to go up river to Salineño for Audubon’s Oriole and Morelet’s Seedeater.

Ryan Justice

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> On Feb 14, 2022, at 6:35 PM, Jason Zolle <zollejd at gmail.com> wrote:



> Hi tweets,


> I am planning a birding trip to South Texas in late March for a week and am wondering how I should split my time between staying in McAllen and Brownsville (or other places?) My default would just be 3 days in each, because I definitely want to hit both, but I'm wondering if someone who has been there would recommend a different split.


> For context, I'm definitely planning to chase some birds but I am generally more of a explore-a-couple-NWRs-the-whole-day-and-see-neat-stuff kind of guy.


> The furthest south I've ever birded in Texas was Corpus Christi, where I had just one day last year but it was one of the top three most exciting birding days of my life.


> Thanks in advance!

> Jason

> Olympia, WA

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