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. . . . . 2017 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
DAUPHIN ISLAND, ALABAMA & Nearby Coastal Hot Spots
First & Finest Trans-Gulf Migration Stop15 April 2017 - 22 April 2017, 8 days & 7 nights
We'll spend each night in the same beach house on Dauphin Island. Our house will give us a friendly family atmosphere, with a homemade breakfast each morning. This area of the Gulf Coast is where migrants get their first view of land after crossing the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf Coast is a great staging area for travel weary migrants. Dauphin Island is famous for the Shell Mound and Goat Tree migrant traps. Birding daily in and around these locations will almost certainly provide some entirely new birds every day. Nearby areas including Bon Secour and the National Seashore will provide a diverse group of shorebirds, rails, and long-legged waders. Some of the aquatic birds that may show us a bit of southern hospitality include Magnificent Frigatebird (TWO on the 2016 tour!), Least Bittern, Black, Sandwich, and Gull-billed Terns, Marbled Godwit, and both Clapper Rail and Sora. Raptors should include the elegant Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites. Song birding is likely to yield Brown-headed Nuthatch, Swainson’s Thrush, Yellow-throated Vireo, Prothonotary, Worm-eating, Yellow-throated, Kentucky, and Hooded Warblers, Northern Parula, Orchard Oriole, Blue Grosbeak, and Painted Bunting. It will be a wonderful week on the Gulf of Mexico. Bob Schutsky is scheduled to lead this tour. You will receive a $200 discount if you participate in both this tour and the Southwest Louisiana Tour that immediately precedes our Alabama adventure (see separate Southwest Louisiana Tour itinerary). People that have previously taken advantage of this offer have achieved incredible results, with two full weeks on the Gulf Coast! We will take a maximum of seven participants. On rare occasion we may extend the maximum to ten participants.