Winter Southern Arizona: Jan 15—21, 2018
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- Jan 16, 2017: Winter Southern Arizona: PDF (7.8 MB)
- Jan 18, 2016: Winter Southern Arizona: PDF (2.7 MB)
- Jan 19, 2015: Winter Southern Arizona: PDF (2.4 MB)
- Jan 21, 2014: Winter Southern Arizona: PDF (1.6 MB)
- Jan 15, 2013: Winter Southern Arizona: PDF (48.1 KB)
- Jan 17, 2012: Winter Southern Arizona: PDF (156.5 KB)
- Jan 18, 2011: Winter Southern Arizona: PDF (60.8 KB)
- Jan 19, 2010: Winter Southern Arizona: PDF (61.1 KB)
- Jan 20, 2009: Winter Southern Arizona: PDF (66 KB)
- Jan 26, 2008: Winter Southern Arizona: PDF (63.4 KB)
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Painted Redstart— Photo: Barry Zimmer
Fantastic winter birding in famous Southeastern Arizona. Generally pleasant weather combined with southwestern specialties, an abundance of raptors and sparrows, and a great potential for Mexican vagrants. Can be taken in combination with Winter Southern California.
Winter is an excellent time to bird Southeastern Arizona. Many of the Arizona specialty birds such as Whiskered Screech-Owl, Arizona Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Bridled Titmouse, Mexican Jay, Crissal and Bendire’s thrashers, Painted Redstart, Abert’s Towhee, Yellow-eyed Junco, and Rufous-winged Sparrow are residents and are readily found at this season. In addition, winter brings an influx of raptors to the deserts and grasslands with a dozen species possible including such highly sought species as Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, and Golden Eagle. Other possible wintering species include the declining Mountain Plover, Costa’s Hummingbird, Gray and Hammond’s flycatchers, Sage Thrasher, all three species of bluebirds, and Yellow-headed Blackbird. The newly countable Rosy-faced Lovebird is a possibility as well. Additionally, huge numbers of Sandhill Cranes winter in the Sulphur Springs Valley each year creating a memorable spectacle.
VIDEO: Sandhill Cranes, Whitewater Draw, Arizona, January 2015, by Barry Zimmer
Sparrows are likewise abundant at this season with Green-tailed Towhee, Lark Bunting, and Brewer’s, Sagebrush, and Black-chinned sparrows all likely. As an added bonus, winter has proven to be the best time for finding Mexican vagrants. Black-capped Gnatcatcher and Rufous-capped Warbler have become rare but annual residents, while Ruddy Ground-Dove and Rufous-backed Robin have become nearly annual visitors in recent years. Other even rarer strays such as Nutting’s Flycatcher, Aztec Thrush, Blue Mockingbird, and Streak-backed Oriole have been recorded on occasion as well. All this in combination with generally pleasant winter weather and one hotel for the entire trip!
Good accommodations with no hotel changes; easy to moderate terrain; short hikes and roadside birding; generally pleasant weather conditions.