The Specialty Birds of South Texas: The Big Enchilada of Birding
Join experts on a Texas-size birding adventure as you explore Mustang Island and King Ranch, spotting Pygmy Owls, Reddish Egrets, Vermillion Flycatchers and many other unique birds.
Program No. 8162RJ
7 days
Starts at
7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6B 5L 6D
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At a Glance

More than 350 species of birds call Mustang Island and King Ranch their home. In this spectacular birding adventure in South Texas that is sure to add a variety of species to your life list, join experts from the acclaimed University of Texas Marine Science Institute Research and Education Laboratory for an exploration of sandy beaches, major bay systems, extensive marshlands, grasslands and more.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking 1.5 miles a day, fairly even terrain, frequent stops. Port Aransas, TX elevation 6 feet and Kingsville, TX 59 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • At the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, spot Reddish Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills and a myriad of shorebirds.
  • Join an ornithologist at the legendary King Ranch to search for Green Jays and Vermillion Flycatchers.
  • Venture south in search of specialty birds such as Ferruginous Pygmy Owls and Hooded Orioles.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
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Tommy Moore
Throughout his life, Captain Tommy Moore has been an avid outdoorsman who has explored the bays and estuaries of the Texas Coastal Bend since the age of 15. After giving up the corporate life in 2003, Captain Moore began piloting coastal birding explorations into the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to see endangered Whooping Cranes. He continues to lead birding adventures around the Texas Coastal Bend where more than 400 species have been documented.
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