The Big Bend is a land of desert grandeur, of dramatic limestone canyons carved by the Rio Grande, of hidden springs and waterfalls, and of igneous mountains looming to 7800 feet. The Chisos Mountains, southernmost mountains in the US, are entirely contained within the 800,000-acre Big Bend National Park. To the birder they are best known as the only regular US breeding locality of the Colima Warbler, an essentially Mexican species at home in the wooded upper canyons of the Chisos.
But Big Bend National Park supports a diversity of additional habitats, ranging from floodplain thickets and dry arroyos to Sotol grassland and open slopes of pinyon, juniper, and oak. More than 450 species of birds have been recorded in the park, more than for any other national park. Regular specialties include Common Black Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Lucifer Hummingbird, Gray Vireo, and Varied Bunting. The Chisos Mountains and the desert oases also support such regular migrants as Dusky Flycatcher, Townsend's Warbler, and Western Tanager as well as serving as "traps" for Mexican vagrants. One never knows what surprises are in store at this time of year.
In addition, we'll visit the volcanic Davis Mountains in pursuit of Montezuma Quail, check Lake Balmorhea for migrant waterbirds, and then head for the Edwards Plateau for three nights at a lodge with prospects of singing Yellow-throated Warblers and a Green Kingfisher over the river in the backyard. We'll also seek the endangered Hill Country breeders, Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo, and watch the emergence of more than a million bats from North America's fourth-largest bat cave.
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
"Lived up to my high expectations. A fun trip, great birding and a very scenic area. The Colima Warbler hike, though taken with some trepidation...was in fact a highlight and well worth the effort. Your warnings were appropriate. The Rio Frio bat cave experience was marvelous and beyond my expectations. Guides Chris Benesh and Micah Riegner worked hard and got us on to many difficult birds. I'd absolutely travel with them again. The usual friendly and efficient office service." J.H., TEXAS'S BIG BEND & HILL COUNTRY 2019
If you would like a longer birding holiday, some departures of this tour may be combined with:
TEXAS COAST MIGRATION SPECTACLE
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ARIZONA'S SECOND SPRING
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LOUISIANA: YELLOW RAILS & CRAWFISH TAILS
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OREGON: From the Coast to the Cascades
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SOUTH TEXAS RARITIES
SPRING IN CAPE MAY
TEXAS COAST MIGRATION SPECTACLE
ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
DEPARTURES • We have 1 departures currently scheduled through 2024, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Apr 20-29, 2024
Guided by: Chris Benesh & second guide TBA
Tour Manager: Nicole Cannon
Tour Limit: 14
Status: Open - This tour has enough participants registered to insure its operation, but it is not yet full. Click below to book one or more spaces.
Tour Fee: $4175
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