The Ultimate Texas Bird, Culture
and Natural History Tours
​Spring - 2019

Experience spectacular birds, wildflowers, natural history, and Texas culture (FOOD) on  safari-type group ecotours based at the internationally-renowned campus of the Welder Wildlife Foundation on the banks of the Aransas River in the heart of South Texas.   Outstanding guides with decades of experience include Gene Blacklock, Larry Richardson , Jim Berry , and John Rappole .   For a preview, go to our Welder Gallery page!  Nearly 400 bird species have been recorded at Welder,  more than any other place of comparable size in the United States north of the Rio Grande Valley
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Contact us by phone at (716) 499-9077 or by email at [email protected]

Follow the latest news for South Texas bird sightings on Twitter with principal tour leader, Gene W. Blacklock.

Mustang Island with skimmer photo by Rappole 

List of Bird Species we are likely to encounter
(depending on season - South Texas specialties are underlined)

Least Grebe , Eared Grebe,  Brown Pelican, American White Pelican, Neotropical Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant,  Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron,  Reddish Egret, Cattle Egret, Green-backed Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Bla ck-bellied Whistling-Duck , Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Green-winged Teal, Mottled Duck, Northern Pintail, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Harris' Hawk , Zone-tailed Hawk,  Red-shouldered Hawk, White-tailed Hawk , Red-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara , Aplomado Falcon ,  Plain Chachalaca, Wild Turkey, Northern Bobwhite, Scaled Quail, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Whooping Crane , Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover, Snowy Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Killdeer, American Oystercatcher, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Upland Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Willet, Spotted Sandpiper, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstove, Red Knot, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Dunlin, Long-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Herring Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Forster's Tern, Black Skimmer, Green Parakeet,  Rock Pigeon, White-winged Dove ,  Mourning Dove, Inca Dove,  Common Ground Dove, White-tipped Dove ,  Greater Roadrunner,   Common Pauraque ,   Buff-bellied Hummingbird ,  Black-chinned Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Ringed Kingfisher    Green Kingfisher,   Golden-fronted Woodpecker , Ladder-backed Woodpecker,  Northern Beardless Tyrannulet Couch's Kingbird,   Great Kiskadee, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher,  Horned Lark, Cave Swallow ,   Green Jay ,  Western Scrub Jay, Carolina Chickadee, Black-crested Titmouse, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Canyon Wren, Bewick's Wren, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Northern Mockingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Loggerhead Shrike, European Starling, White-eyed Vireo, Black-capped Vireo,   Mangrove Warbler Golden-cheeked Warbler ,   Brownsville Yellowthroat,  Summer Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Pyrrhuloxia , Dickcissel,  Olive Sparrow Painted Bunting ,  Spotted Towhee, Cassin's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow,  Black-throated Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow,  Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Eastern Meadowlark, Brown-headed Cowbird, Bronzed Cowbird,   Audubon's Oriole , Lesser Goldfinch,  American Goldfinch, House Finch, House Sparrow