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Arizona in Winter *FULL*

World-class birding, spectacular scenery, and sunshine…in February?

That’s what you can expect from a winter Arizona trip, even though it does get chilly at night. Species diversity remains high in the winter and there are a considerable number of winter specialties, some of which can’t be predicted ahead of time, such as Rufous-backed Robin and Green Kingfisher. We will be flexible to maximize our chances for these kinds of birds, but also for the more regularly rare wintering birds such as Louisiana Warbler and other vagrants.

There are several winter specialties we will be looking for in the Santa Cruz flats: Mountain Plover, Lark Bunting, Crested Caracara, and Chestnut-collared and McCown’s Longspur. In Patagonia, the beautiful Violet-crowned Hummingbird should be reliable at Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds.

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 major highlight of every winter Arizona trip are the thrashers. The resident thrashers sing primarily in January and February and can be difficult to locate outside of these months. We are hoping to find them nicely lined up and singing! They include LeConte’s, Crissal, Bendire’s, and Curve-billed. Sage Thrasher is a winter guest and will not be singing.

 

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World-class birding, spectacular scenery, and sunshine in February? Join Stefan in one of the best birding spots in the country for a wonderful birding trip you will not forget.

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Trip Details

  • Trip leader: Stefan Schlick
  • When: February 1-5, 2023
  • Fee: $1,450 member / $1,750 non-member
  • Single supplement: TBD
  • Group size: Limited to 10 participants
    What is included: All ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfasts, lunches, local guides, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leaders.
    What is not included: Airfares, dinners, alcoholic beverages

Participant reviews from previous Arizona ecotours with Stefan:

  • Stefan has an incredible ear for birds and tries to help everyone get good looks at every bird.
  • Absolutely yes. The group size seemed ideal; the guides were great, the pace was fine, and the guides’ sensitivity to inclusiveness was excellent.
  • His knowledge and passion led us to the number of species that we saw, while his respect for the birds, their habitat, and their need for territory showed his sensitivity.
  • Stefan has excellent site and birding knowledge and is very patient, always kept his cool, professional manner. He kept us very well informed about what was coming up for travel, bird sites, restroom breaks. Good advice on expected morning temperatures and how long we would be in the field so everyone stayed comfortable.

Details

Start:
February 1, 2023
End:
February 5, 2023
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Organizer

Tara Lemezis
Phone:
971-222-6131
Email:
tlemezis@audubonportland.org