Texas, perhaps best known for oil production, is rich in many other natural resources thanks to a diversity of habitats which range from humid forests in the east to dry brush country in the west, plus of course the Gulf Coast.
Visit this largest of the United States in April and you can expect to see a wide variety of migratory species as well as countless indigenous birds. Brazos Bend State Park is the perfect introduction where Anhingas, White Ibises, Roseate Spoonbills and Purple Gallinules occupy tranquil waterways, while Barred Owls and Pileated Woodpeckers can be found in the forests.
The Gulf Coast hosts multitudes of waders, egrets, herons, warblers and raptors and the Rio Grande Valley is home to Mexican specialities such as Altamira Oriole, Green Jay, Golden-fronted Woodpecker and Greater Roadrunner, not to mention an outstanding array of butterflies.
The scenic Edwards Plateau epitomises Texas hill-country and is home to Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo and a plethora of breeding wrens, sparrows and vireos, plus a 17 million-strong colony of Free-tailed Bats. Back at Galveston Island the tour finishes with a second chance of witnessing the waves of migration coming in across the Gulf from Yucatan.