Rockport, Texas: A Birding Workshop: Feb 15—19, 2015

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Departs: Corpus Christi
Tour Limit: 8
Operations Manager: Margaret Anderson
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Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien is a freelance artist, author, and environmental consultant living in Cape M...

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Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow— Photo: Michael O’Brien

A short but concentrated field session on how to identify birds, with daily field trips and evening lectures, in a scenic and birdy section of the Texas coast.

Birding is supposed to be, first and foremost, enjoyable. And birding is more fun when we are able to name more of the birds we see. No one can identify EVERY bird in the field, but we can all reach the point where we can name most of them, and understand why we can’t recognize the others! Building up this kind of knowledge and understanding, to make birding more fun, is the aim of our Rockport, Texas Birding Workshop.

Situated on the coastal bend of Texas, the Rockport area is ideal for such a workshop. A diverse array of land and water habitats can be found within a very short driving distance. In winter, the rich resident avifauna is augmented by a host of wintering species, most notably, Whooping Cranes. Many birds in the Rockport area are easy to approach, allowing fine opportunities for close study.

This workshop is hosted by Michael O’Brien and Louise Zemaitis, two popular instructors who have spent a lot of time in Texas over many years, and who have years of experience teaching birding workshops with the Cape May Bird Observatory. Our activities will focus on studying and learning about various groups of birds rather than attempting to amass a large species list. Field sessions will include time in the unique habitats that promise exposure to different families of birds—waterfowl, herons, shorebirds, gulls, sparrows,  and more—while focusing on improving our birding skills through the use of field guides, field marks, and vocalizations. Our time outside will be complemented by evening lectures and discussions, heavily illustrated with photos. This approach makes it possible to confront even the most difficult birds without becoming frustrated.

We emphasize that this workshop presents a special opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about birds, and that it will prove valuable for beginning birders as well as more experienced observers.

Comfortable accommodations; all nights at same lodging; short drives; moderate walking on level ground; warm to cool temperatures.