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Birding Tour: Arizona
with Doug Hitchcox
Join this private birding tour for Arizona Winter Specialties with Field Guides Inc and Maine Audubon.
Southern Arizona is a fabulous place for a birding tour in winter! The wide San Rafael Grasslands seethe with a multitude of wintering finches. Scarce thrashers sing from mesquites in the desert near Phoenix. Thousands of Sandhill Cranes rise bugling from protected roosting sites in the Sulphur Springs Valley. A plethora of raptors ply the vast desert skies, searching for prey and thermals. Winter irruptives like Mountain Bluebirds and Lawrence's Goldfinches appear in varying numbers most years. And Mexican species wander across the border to add a tropical twist. Our mid-March timing also gives us a shot at some early spring migrants -- while all of the wintering birds are still on territory.
We'll be based in Phoenix for two nights and Tucson for four, and all of the areas we visit are easy day trips from very comfortable hotels. If you're looking to escape the winter blahs, head to southern Arizona for a truly exceptional winter birding experience!
A full trip itinerary is available here: Maine Audubon Arizona Tour Itinerary
More information including past trip lists and registration info is available here: Arizona 2020 with Maine Audubon
Seabirds of Matinicus Rock 2020
with Doug Hitchcox
Members: $80 Nonmembers: $100
A 32-acre island 18 miles offshore at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, Matinicus Rock is one of Maine’s most important seabird nesting colonies. Here, Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots, Arctic and Common Terns, and Laughing Gulls all gather to nest. Motoring out of New Harbor aboard the Hardy III, we’ll cross the mouth of Muscongus Bay, passing close by the seabird colony at Eastern Egg Rock where roseate terns nest. With plenty of open-water habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s Storm-petrels, Northern Gannets, phalaropes, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and jaegers.
Information Packet: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock 2020 Info Packet