There are several winter specialties that we will be looking for in the Santa Cruz flats: Mountain Plover, Lark Bunting, Crested Caracara, and Chestnut-collared and McCown’s Longspurs. In the grasslands of the San Rafael Valley, we will target the rare Baird’s Sparrow, but these birds have become less and less reliable. In Patagonia, a Violet-crowned Hummingbird should be at the Paton’s feeder.
We will make a few stops along the Santa Cruz river birding the riparian areas. There are always a few rarities around that we can look for en route. We will also spend half a day in the lower elevations of Madera Canyon, one of the best birding locations in the country.
A highlight of every winter Arizona trip are the thrashers — at least most of them! We are hoping to find them nicely teed up and singing. They include LeConte’s, Crissal, Bendire’s and Curve-billed, while Sage Thrasher.
- Trip leaders: Stefan Schlick and Randy Hill
- Early Bird discount: $1,295 members / $1,495 non-members
- Deposit: $700
- Single supplement: TBD
- Group size: Limited to 14 participants
Trip fees include all ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfast/lunch/non-alcoholic beverages/snacks, tips for meals/drivers/porters/local guides, trip materials, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leader(s).
Trip fees do not include airfares, dinners, and alcoholic beverages.
Tentative Itinerary & Policies
Stefan is a birding expert, and has birded in Europe and North America extensively. After living in Wisconsin, Florida, California, and Washington, Stefan has settled in Oregon where he currently is a member of the Oregon Bird Records Committee. Stefan is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and love of birds with the folks on his trips.