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WINGS Birding Tours – Photo Gallery

Texas: The Upper Coast

The upper Texas coast is well-known for spring migrants… (like this Northern Parula) …where birds crossing the Gulf drop into coastal woodlands… Sometimes the birds are bright like a Scarlet Tanager… (Photo: John Hickok) …or a Prothonotary Warbler… …or a Hooded Warbler. Other times they are subtle like a Worm-eating Warbler… …or a posing Chuck-wills-widow. All are often visible from a trail or boardwalk. (Or, bleachers!) But, there’s more to southeast Texas, like bayou forest… (Photo: Allen Codding) …and mountainous plates of Cajun food… …and interior woodlands with the likes of snappy Red-headed Woodpeckers… (Photo: Allen Codding) …or an endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker… …or a low-perched, singing Bachman’s Sparrow. (Photo: Allen Codding) The coastal wetlands like Anahuac NWR are also happening places… …holding many specialties like Fulvous Whistling-Ducks… …and Purple Gallinules striding about… (Photo: Allen Codding) …or a normally skulky Least Bittern, seen here not skulking… …and nesting colonies of Snowy Egrets… (Photo: John Hickok) …and Roseate Spoonbills. (Photo: Allen Codding) The immediate Gulf coast is also on our itinerary. We’ll look for gulls, and terns, and shorebirds… (Photo: Allen Codding) …like endangered Piping Plover… (Photo: Allen Codding) …or rowdy flocks of terns. (Photo: John Hickok) And, always, if we’re lucky we might happen into a vagrant, like a Whooping Crane… …or a Fork-tailed Flycatcher. (Photo: Allen Codding) The closer we look, the more we’ll see!