Tours & Destinations Arizona
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. . . . . 2013 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
for Trogons, Hummingbirds, Owls & Northbound Migrants4 May 2013 - 13 May 2013, 10 days & 9 nights
We will spend ten glorious days amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in North America. We go from Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon to Portal Peak Lodge in Cave Creek Canyon, with visits to California Gulch, Patagonia, Ramsey Canyon, Rustler Park, and the San Pedro River Valley. Local specialties include Elegant Trogon, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Mexican Chickadee, Tropical Kingbird, Olive and Red-faced Warblers, and Gray Hawk. May is an excellent time for nightjars and owls; we will try to find as many as possible including the elusive Flammulated Owl and, the smallest owl in the world, Elf Owl. Migrant warblers are likely to include Hermit and MacGillivray's, while Lazuli Bunting and a variety of shorebirds can also be expected. We have an incredibly good record of finding Montezuma Quail and Five-striped Sparrow, and hopefully the Buff-collared Nightjars will return to California Gulch--they have been fairly reliable for the past several years. Ten to twelve species of hummingbirds are likely now that White-eared has become regular in the Huachucas. And the Twin Lakes at Willcox will round out our tour with a fine variety of shorebirds, waterfowl, and other aquatic species. Bob Schutsky is the scheduled leader.
Hummingbirds, Trogons, Mexican Strays & Scenic Wonders24 July 2013 - 4 August 2013, 12 days & 11 nights
We will spend twelve glorious days amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in all of North America. We go from Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon to Portal Peak Lodge in Cave Creek Canyon, with visits to California Gulch, Patagonia, Ramsey Canyon, Rustler Park, and the San Pedro Riparian Area. Local specialties include Elegant Trogon, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Mexican Chickadee, Tropical Kingbird, Red-faced Warbler, and Botteri's Sparrow. Late July gives us excellent opportunities for rare hummingbirds, singing sparrows, and Mexican strays. A few of the rarities found on our recent tours include Aztec Thrush, Rufous-capped Warbler, Flame-colored Tanager, Yellow Grosbeak, Berylline Hummingbird, Plain-capped Starthroat, Buff-collared Nightjar, Elegant Tern, Purple Gallinule, Western Gull, Reddish Egret, Brown Pelican, and Roseate Spoonbill--WOW! TWELVE species of hummingbirds are likely; we have found 14 species on many of our July tours. Southeast Arizona can be quite warm in early July, but by late in the month there are afternoon showers that cool temperatures to a comfortable level. If it is hot in the desert and flatlands, we head for the canyons and mountains where daytime highs are in the 80s, nights are deliciously cool, and the birding is nothing short of spectacular! This 12-day tour gives us plenty of time to explore a few new areas, search for Virginia's Warbler and Mountain Chickadee, and chase down a rarity or two. And, we can search for even more good birds on the five-day extension. There is a $150 discount if you register for both this tour and the extension. Bob Schutsky is your scheduled tour leader.
SOUTHEAST ARIZONA EXTENSION
More Good Locations & Great Birds4 August 2013 - 8 August 2013, 5 days & 4 nights
During the course of our normal 12-day tour that immediately precedes this extension, we often hear about rare birds that we simply do not have time to pursue. This five-day post-tour extension is designed to do just that, go after the rarities. Next in line after the rarities are any unusual species that we missed on the 12-day tour. We may have had trouble with Montezuma Quail, Green Kingfisher, or one of the more elusive warblers or sparrows. And finally, there are some species that are just a bit outside of the normal geographic area included in the 12-day. Species such as Le Conte’s Thrasher, Ruddy Ground-Dove, and Common Black-Hawk come to mind. If all else fails, we can always bird some really good areas (there are many), and find our own good Southeast Arizona birds. There is a $150 discount if you register for both the 12-day tour and the extension. Bob Schutsky is your scheduled tour leader.