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November 30 thru December 2, 2018: Central Gulf Coast
Target Species: Reddish Egret, Curve-billed Thrasher, Long-billed Thrasher, Cinnamon Teal, King Rail, Barred Owl, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Vermillion Flycatcher, Olive Sparrow.  Click for more...

Registration will open Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 a.m.
and close on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m.

Registration Fee: $75

In response to your feedback we have a new registration process for Weekenders. Registration will be open for several days. Once registration closes, participants will be randomly selected. It is recommended that you include no more than two individuals in a single registration. You will need to pay the $75 fee at the time of registration. If you use the pay later option you won't be eligible for the random drawing. If you are unable to register and pay via the website contact Catherine Winans at catherinewinans@yahoo.com to be added to the lottery. Registrants will be notified of their status on October 2, and money refunded to those who were not selected.

The Texas Coast supports many of the TOP Christmas Bird Counts in the Nation. Two of the best occur on the central Coast. Join TOS for a weekend of CBC scouting with Brent and Dora Ann Ortego. We will be visiting key places to enlarge your county list and locate seasonal rarities for three of the CBCs in Calhoun, Matagorda, Refugio and Victoria counties.

November 30 - Depart Holiday Inn in Port Lavaca at 3 p.m. to bird the TOS Magic Ridge Sanctuary and historic Indianola until sunset. This area lies within the boundaries of the Powderhorn CBC in Calhoun County which produced 169 species last year.

Birding will mostly be from vehicle with stops for scoping and occasional short walks to explore birding opportunities. Anticipate waterbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds and passerines which will be found at waterfowl impoundments, tidal wetlands, and Tamaulipan thorn-scrub habitats.

Target Species: Reddish Egret, Curve-billed Thrasher and Long-billed Thrasher.

December 1 - Depart Holiday Inn at 5:45 a.m. to bird the Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area which occurs in Calhoun, Refugio, and Victoria Counties in the vicinity of Tivoli until 5 p.m. The entire WMA occurs within the Guadalupe River Delta - McFaddin Family Ranches CBC. This CBC is typically one of the Top 5 CBCs in the Nation and produced 212 species last year.

Birding will mostly be from a vehicle with stops for scoping and occasional walks up to 1/4 mile to explore birding opportunities. Ground conditions could be muddy and weedy depending on weather. Freshwater and tidal brackish marshes, riparian forests and Tamaulipan thorn-scrub habitats will be visited.

Target Species: Reddish Egret, Cinnamon Teal, King Rail, Barred Owl, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird, Vermillion Flycatcher, Long-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow. Anticipate from 100 to 125 species for the group.

Restroom: One scheduled break at noon.

December 2 - Depart Holiday Inn at 5:15 a.m. to bird the Mad Island Wildlife Management Area which occurs in Matagorda County near Palacios until 2 p.m. The entire WMA occurs within the Matagorda County - Mad Island Marsh CBC which is typically the Number 1 CBC in the Nation and produced 220 species last year.

Birding will mostly be from a vehicle with stops for scoping and occasional walks up to 1/4 mile to explore birding opportunities. Ground conditions could be muddy and weedy depending on weather. Freshwater and tidal brackish marshes, waterfowl impoundments, coastal prairie, and brushlands will be visited.

Target Species: Cinnamon Teal, geese, Glossy Ibis, White-tailed Hawk, cranes, rails, Burrowing Owl, Aplomado Falcon, Le Conte's Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow. Anticipate 100 to 125 species for the group.

Restroom: One scheduled break at noon.

Equipment and Supplies Needed:
1. Clothes suitable for weather conditions in early December.
2. Waterproof ankle to knee boots.
3. Insect repellant when temperature rises above 60
4. One Spotting scope and tripod per vehicle
5. One Walky-talky
6. Food and drink
7. Participants will be required to sign a liability release to enter properties.

Hotel: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn in Port Lavaca, and arrangements have been made for cold breakfast items to be available early on the weekend. The rate is $124/night king or double queen. You may call the hotel or book online using TOS as the rate code. Rate expires November 15. Cancellation policy is 24 hours before day of arrival.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Port Lavaca
2629 Highway 35 N, Port Lavaca, TX 77979
361.552.5700
Hotel Web Site.

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