Holiday Bird Tour: December 26, 27. 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2014
Holiday Bird Tours: We will once again feature our collaboration with the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (www.sabo.org) for our Holiday Bird Tour. Plan to join us for any or all of a three day tour to all of our SE Arizona birding hotspots with Sheri Williamson and Tom Wood from the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (www.sabo.org) on December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31.
Our Holiday Bird Tour will feature day tours from the Casa to:
- The San Rafael Valley (Patagonia, Patagonia Lake, Elgin) - Dec 26 and Dec 29. After a great breakfast at the Casa, Tom and Sheri will take the tour participants to the West, visiting Patagonia, Sonoita, and Elgin for a very productive day starting with feeder watching at the Paton Center and wrappin up with grassland birding. Wintering sparrows, longspurs, birds of prey, and eve3n mammals such as Pronghorn and Black-tailed Prairie Dog are possible on this day.
- The San Pedro River and the Huachuca Canyons - Dec 27 and Dec 30. After breakfast a the Casa, Tom and Sheri will guide the day's participants through the San Pedro River Valley and the canyons of the Huachuca Mountains in search of birds of prey, quail, roadrunners, jays, towhees, juncos, and more. A visit to the feeding station at Ash Canyon B&B might even turn up a hummingbird or two.
- The Sulphur Springs Valley and Whitewater Draw - Dec 28 and Dec 31, Breakfast at the Casa and then Tom and Sheri will take the day's participants to the Sulphur Springs Valley to the East, winter home of up to 20,000 Sandhill Cranes, several varieties of birds of prey, and many waterfowl and Vermilion Flycatchers. The group will tour the back roads looking for hawks and other desert and grassland birds and we will have lunch with the cranes at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area.
You may join one or all of the 6 days of the tour, and return to the Casa to pour over your bird list as you enjoy a piece of homemade pie! And you may also add on additional night's lodging or any optional dinners at the Casa. Be sure to sign up for the New Years Eve Dinner if you want to dine in and not have to drive on New Year's Eve ! We will make sure you have ample time and a relaxing atmosphere to welcome in the New Year.
Minimum two night stay at Casa de San Pedro required. Cost of $150 per day per person for the tour includes the tour guides, day transportion, lunch and any entry fees. Special: Book a three day tour and save $10 per day! Dinners at the Casa may be offered as an optional add on.