Arizona Winter Birding Festival: Jan 10—15, 2007
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We are excited to announce this fabulous winter getaway offering great birding during mild winter weather in one of the most renowned birding areas in the U.S. Participants will enjoy four days of field trips with expert leaders, and evening programs that will include talks by Kenn Kaufman and Victor Emanuel. All nights will be spent in Tucson.
Winter is one of the very best times to bird southeastern Arizona. Many of the highly sought Arizona specialty birds are resident and readily found at this season. Raptors are present in greater numbers and diversity than at other times of the year. Sparrows abound in the desert flats and grasslands areas, with over 15 species possible. Desert thrashers are just beginning to breed and are, perhaps, easier to see in late winter than during any other season. To top it all off, winter has proven to be the absolute peak time to encounter vagrant species from Mexico. Ruddy Ground-Dove has become annual in recent years, and Rufous-backed Robin nearly so. Black-capped Gnatcatchers have turned up with increasing regularity, and other exotic species such as Streak-backed Oriole and Nutting's Flycatcher have made periodic appearances. In short, winter in southeastern Arizona is a birder's paradise. We will cover four of the best and most varied regions using Tucson as our base. Generally mild weather, an abundance of birds, and hopefully some surprising rarities should be in store.