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Escape from the cold, wet Portland winter and come with us to warm, sunny Arizona. We will search for
Mountain Plover, Crested Caracara, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, and Chestnut-collared and McCown’s Longspurs. A highlight of any winter Arizona trip is a visit to the Thrasher spot, where there is a chance for five species of thrashers including LeConte’s, Crissal, and Bendire’s. Birds abound in Arizona!


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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 Details

  • 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.


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Tara Lemezis