Bird of the Year tour in Texas

      Alamo, TX, USA

      12 reviews
      Nov 2 - 6, 2023
      Group size: 8 - 16
      Bird of the Year tour in Texas
      Alamo, TX, USA

      12 reviews

      Nov 2 - 6, 2023
      Group size: 8 - 16

      About this trip

      Join artist Liz Clayton Fuller and North American Birds and Birding editor Michael Retter for a tour to Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, celebrating our 2023 Bird of the Year—Belted Kingfisher—along with all the extraordinary bird life which makes the RGV such a desirable destination.

      What’s included

      • Accommodation
        4 hotel nights.
      • Meals
        3 meals per day from dinner on day 1 until breakfast until day 5. Including non-alcoholic beverages during meals.
      • Transportation
        Local transportation to and from sites visited.
      • Airport transfers
        Pick-up at McAllen airport 11/02. Drop-off at McAllen airport 11/06
      • Guiding fees
        All guiding fees for tour leaders and local guides.
      • Entrance fees
        All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary.
      • Activities
        All activities as described in the itinerary.
      • Transportation
        Transportation between your home and the start/end point of the tour (i.e. McAllen Airport or Alamo Inn.)
      • Alcoholic beverages
        Alcoholic beverages
      • Personal purchases
        Items such as (but not limited to) laundry service, room service, phone calls, toiletries, souvenirs etc.
      • Insurance
        No insurance is included. We do strongly recommend you get your own travel, cancellation, and medical insurance.
      • Tips
        Any tips you would like to offer tour leaders, guides, drivers, porters, wait staff, housekeeping etc. for outstanding service.

      Your Organizer

      American Birding Association
      12 reviews
      The ABA exists to build a better world by sharing the positive values and irresistible excitement of birding. We are a connector for all birders where they will feel part of a community, interact with fellow birders, and make fulfilling relationships with each other and nature. We provide resources to our members and the birding community at large on our website, through our print publications, our podcast, in-person events, festivals, and tours, partnerships, and ABA Community network. Wherever you find birders, you’ll find ABA.


      well thought tour, not enough time looking at birds, which were often hidden in upper branches A lot to time going from place to place in van which was cramped Great guiding by Kontrinka, good driving by Hector Most accommodations were very good, food was good and local didn't meet my expectations, through no fault of staff, but perhaps over-town in introductory material Much appreciated to all the help and kindness given to me when I needed it overall a very good trip with almost all travellers being a delight to be with thank you for the experience.
      By IRVING H for Honduras 2023 on 15 Mar, 2023
      Great trip with great birds. Good oppoutunities to meet people and enjoy culture. Bus was too small; should plan for 50% more seats than riders when drives last more than 2 hours. Some trails were very difficult.
      By Susan S for Honduras 2023 on 15 Mar, 2023
      This was a birding trip to Honduras. The leader had recently lived in the country for eight years, so she knew the country very well, and offered a wealth of local expertise, birding skills, and personal connections. She put together an itinerary with a thoughtful selection of representative destinations to show us a maximum number of birds and their various habitats. At most stops, she brought on a local guide who provided current info on the birds to be found there. Group size (8, plus guides) was just right, and we made a companionable mix. The physical pace was mostly easy, with a few exceptions, so that all participants were able to access trails, though that proved a challenge for some (alternatives were offered where the going got rough). A few added cultural events, ranging from cacao-processing to Garifuna music, were highlights for me. Accommodation and dining ranged from basic to luxurious and worked out well. It all went seamlessly. On the whole, the birding was excellent, taking in dry-forest and open-country birds, rainforest communities, and two superb wetlands. Montane birds proved more difficult to access because centuries of agricultural development had restricted surviving habitat to steep slopes. Nevertheless, we saw (and heard!) the iconic Resplendent Quetzal with its amazing streamer tail, the world-class songster Slate-colored Solitaire, and a plethora of cloud-forest hummers (such as the ever-so-tiny Wine-throated H). Honduras is a World center for motmots and trogons, and there were multiple species to wow us. Unexpected, chance rarities thrilled us, too: the bizarre Black-and-white Owl, regal Black Hawk-Eagle, and others. All in all, the trip was an outstanding success!
      By Thane P for Honduras 2023 on 11 Mar, 2023
      We saw nearly 300 species, had a wonderful variety of cultural experiences, and explored multiple biomes in this developing great birding region. Our success was due entirely to the experience, patience, and skills of our tip leader, Katinka Domen, who had spent years living in Honduras and put together this marvelous trip. The accommodations varied from comfortable to luxurious, and the cuisine was pleasurable and tasty. The use of local guides contributed to the enjoyment and success of our experience. This is a trip not to be missed if you love Central American birding. Katinka's commitment to details, logistics, and site selection as well as excellence in birding, make her an outstanding leader.
      By Thomas for Honduras 2023 on 09 Mar, 2023
      This was a great trip! Our group leader, Katinka Domen, is an enormously talented birder as well as an excellent organizer. We saw several hundred different birds in differing environments. My favorite experiences were an early morning row on Lake Yojoa, the How-to-make-artisanal-Chocolate workshop - very interesting and very delicious- and our motorboat ride down a river near the Cuero y Salado refuge where we saw a Potoo! Food was excellent. Other lovely birds: Turquoise Browed Motmot, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Gartered Trogons, Prothnotary Warbler, Red capped Manikins, Violet Sabrewing hummer, Green Honeycreeper....I could go on a long time. Katinka addressed concerns about safety before the trip. We had no problems at all. Food was really excellent. Honduras is certainly a poor country, and it is also a very interesting country which appears to be trying hard to improve conditions for its citizens. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Lorna Hochstein
      By LORNA h for Honduras 2023 on 08 Mar, 2023
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