Tuesday, April 10 OR Sunday, April 15
Start and end time:
6 am – 3 pm
Provided box breakfast and lunch
This popular canyon south of Tucson is one of the highlights of any first-time trip to Southeast Arizona. We will start birding in the grassland habitat along White House Canyon Road for singing sparrows first thing in the morning. The next stop will be the trails around Proctor Road which are good for migrants and often have a pair of Black-capped Gnatcatchers. Further up the road in the mid-elevation oak-juniper habitat, we will look for desirable southeast Arizona species like Arizona Woodpecker, Painted Redstart, and Dusky-capped Flycatcher. At the top we will take a short, but steeper trail, to try for Elegant Trogon. After this we’ll spend some time investigating the hummingbird feeders that make Madera one of the most famous birding spots in the country.
Rivoli’s Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Arizona Woodpecker, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Cassin’s Kingbird, Bell’s Vireo, Hutton’s Vireo, Mexican Jay, Bridled Titmouse, Lucy’s Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Black-throated Sparrow, Painted Redstart, Canyon Towhee, Hepatic Tanager, Hooded Oriole. Other possible species: Elegant Trogon and Black-capped Gnatcatcher.
Recommended Gear and Cautions:
Intermediate level. Will involve walking on some steeper slopes and rocky/rooted trails. Bring a water bottle and hat, wear sunscreen, and shoes/boots that are appropriate for hiking trails. 1-2 miles walking.
Madera Canyon, Coronado National Forest
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