Our central location gives you easy access to 16 popular southeast Arizona birding destinations such as Ramsey Canyon, Beatty’s Orchard, Garden Canyon, Patagonia Preserve, San Pedro Riparian Area, Kino Springs and White-water Draw. Elevations of 4250′ on the San Pedro River to 7500 feet in the mountain canyons provide comfortable birding in our high desert environment. A rich variety of sparrows, songbirds, quail, flycatchers, phoebes, towhees, kingbirds and hawks/falcons are available for your study and pleasure. See below for more details. Let us arrange for local guides to make your birding experience more productive.
Excellent birding year-round. Southeast Arizona birding has an incredible variety of birds and four distinct periods:
Winter (Nov - Feb)
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - July)
Fall (Aug - Oct)
Join one of the variety of tours and learning experiences led by Sheri Williamson and Tom Wood of the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (SABO). These educational programs, offered for the discriminating nature enthusiast, combine outstanding southwestern hospitality with some of the most exciting and diverse birding in North America. SABO handles their own reservations for bird tours. Please see their website for their calendar of events and to sign up for the tour or walk of your choice. http://www.sabo.org
Summer and Spring bring out the best in the sky islands region of southeastern Arizona. Wildflowers in an astounding variety of shapes and colors attract equally diverse pollinators – hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, even bats. Participants will stroll along the San Pedro River and hike the canyons of the neighboring Huachuca Mountains in search of up to 13 species of hummingbirds, 100+ species of butterflies and dozens of species of wildflowers. Remember, our Spring really occurs in August when the Summer monsoon rains bring green to the valley and water to the San Pedro River (in abundance!). Our “spring flowers” with all the butterflies are available in August (temperatures in the mid-80s during the day and dipping into the low 60s at night – who knew you could come to Arizona and even survive in August!!
Spring/Migration Birding in SE Arizona is very productive as many species follow the Sky Islands (small mountain ranges) and the San Pedro River as they wander North to Summer breeding grounds.
Our friends Tom Woods and Sheri Williamson of the Southeast Arizona Bird Observatory (www.sabo.org) will be conducting Tuesday and Friday morning River Walks along the San Pedro, starting at our back gate. Be sure to check the Southeast Arizona Bird Observatory website: ww.sabo.org for thier calendar of events and to sign up for the River Walks. Please use “bedandbirds” as your discount code (for our resident guests only!). And as hummingbirds return, Sheri and Tom and their faithful gang of assistants will be doing hummingbird banding at the Casa on Fridays – again, check thier calendar for dates and times.
Each week during the Spring we see changes in the number of species and the number in each flock – the ever changing kalidoscope of brightly colored Spring Migrants is a wonder to behold. And please remember that between the San Pedro River and the top of the Huachuca Mountains, 7 miles to the west of us, there are seven different environmental (habitat) zones which can host many different species. If the bird you want is not in one zone, it may very well have moved one or two zones away (in either direction!).
For more information, contact SABO.
Green Heron, Green Kingfisher, Belted Kingfisher, Mexican Duck, Black Vulture, White-tailed Kite
Quail: Montezuma, Scaled, Gambel’s
Common Moorhen, Inca Dove, White Winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Greater Roadrunner.
Owls: Western Screech, Whiskered Screech, Burrowing, Mexican Spotted, Great-horned, Barn
Hummingbirds: Blue-throated, Magnificent, Anna’s, Black-chinned, Broad-tailed, Violet-crowned
Woodpeckers: Acorn, Gila, Strickland’s, Gilded, Lewis’s
Phoebes: Black, Say’s
Jays/Ravens: Steller’s, Mexican, and the Chihuauan Raven
Thrashers: Curved Bill, Bendires, Crissal
Silky Flycatchers: Phainopepla
Sparrows: Rufus-winged, Five Striped, Lark, White-crowned, House
Mexican Chickadee, Bridled Titmouse, Verdin, Black-throated Gray Warbler
Pyrrhuloxia Yellow-eyed Junco
Towhees: Spotted, Canyon, Aberts, Green Tailed
Wrens: Cactus, Rock, Canyon , Bewick’s Wren
Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark’s Grebe, Gray Hawk, Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Spotted Sandpiper, White-winged Dove, Common Ground-Dove, Elf Owl, Lesser Nighthawk, Buff-collared Nightjar, Broad-billed Hummingbird, White-eared Hummingbird, Berylline Hummingbird, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Eared Trogon, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Greater Pewee, Violet-green Swallow, Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Pacific-Slope Flycatcher, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Cassin’s Kingbird, Western Kingbird, Western Scrub-Jay, Mexican Jay, Pinyon Jay, Plain Titmouse, Bushtit, Bell’s Vireo, Hutton’s Vireo, Virginia’s Warbler, Lucy’s Warbler, Grace’s Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Hermit Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Red-faced Warbler, Painted Redstart, Olive Warbler, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Green-tailed Towhee, Brewer’s Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Baird’s Sparrow, McCown’s Longspur, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Hooded Oriole, Bullock’s Oriole, Scott’s Oriole, Lesser Goldfinch and Lawrence’s Goldfinch.