Date(s) - 05/02/2018
This overnight tour with professional guide Jeff Babson will focus on the search for some of Arizona’s most famous specialty birds, among them Montezuma Quail, Tropical and Thick-billed Kingbirds, and Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet. We begin by heading to Patagonia and Rio Rico, where we will hit prime locations for Gray Hawk, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, and other exciting finds. We will check out Pena Blanca Lake, where we hope to see Least Grebe, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Summer Tanager, among others. The next morning we visit Montosa Canyon, where Black-capped and Black-tailed Gnatcatchers are among the targets. We will search grasslands in the area for Botteri’s, Cassin’s, and Rufous-winged Sparrows. We will also spend some time in Madera Canyon which is rated the third best birding destination in the United States. With fifteen species of hummingbirds, Elegant Trogon, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Black-capped Gnatcatcher, Flame-colored Tanager, 36 species of wood warblers, and over 256 species of birds documented, it is a “required” site for all serious birders. Most of our birding will be from the vehicle or on level, sometimes-rocky paths. This trip includes all meals and lodging at the fabulous Amado Territory Inn B&B (see their website). Single participants will be paired for overnight accommodations, unless single room is requested. Hiking Difficulty: 3 moderate. Bring your binoculars and do not forget your camera and insect repellent!