Upcoming Southwest Birding Events 2017

By Eileen Richardson

Migration Madness Birding Festival April 27-30 2017 - http://www.birdyverde.org

The festival begins with an opportunity to go to an expedition with vendors and talks.

This annual event offers bird walks and drive on your own birding opportunities from a few hours to all day tours. The birds that can be viewed are numerous but include:

northern harrier, Virginia rail, sora, double-crested cormorant, white-faced ibis and osprey. common black-hawk ,typical riparian species as well as hawks and some grassland birds, ladder-backed and Gila woodpeckers, vermilion and brown-crested flycatchers, bridled and juniper titmouse, verdin, Bullock’s, Scott’s and hooded orioles, yellow, orange-crowned, and Lucy’s warblers, yellow-breasted chats, black-throated and lark sparrows, and Albert’s towhee. American dipper, black-throated gray and Virginia’s warbler, and painted redstart and more! 

Spring Fling May 3-6 2017 - Sierra Vista Arizona http://www.swwings.org
This fantastic event provides all day walks and a few overnight birding walks. It will include a specialty owl tour that must be seen. Some of the birds to be seen are:

Gray Hawk, low elevation Warblers, Abert’s Towhee, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Zone-tailed Hawk up to 6 species of hummingbirds, as well as Wild Turkey, Arizona Woodpecker, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Hepatic Tanager, , Spotted Owl, White-eared & Berylline Hummingbirds, , Painted Redstart, Black-capped Gnatcatcher, SummerTanager, Botteri’s Sparrow and Scott’s Oriole, Wilson’s and Red-necked Phalaropes, Least and Baird’s Sandpipers, Long-billed Curlew, and Horned Lark, Botteri’s and Cassin’s sparrows, , Elegant Trogon, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Grace’s Warbler, Bridled Titmouse. 

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival – August 10 -13, 2017 - Tucson Arizona https://topbirdingtours.com/tucson-bird-and-wildlife-festival-arizona/
The Southeast Arizona Birding Festival is a great opportunity to enjoy birds of the Sonoran Desert, grasslands, mountains and canyons of southeastern Arizona
This birding festival provides a dazzling array of watchable wildlife during short day trips in the Tucson, Arizona area.
The success of the annual festival is due to the seasonal monsoon rains in July and August. Many bird species wait for July and August to initiate courtship and nesting behaviors, which makes them much easier to observe.

The hummingbird numbers and species diversity also peak in August when as many as 15 species of hummingbirds can be observed. Warblers, buntings and other perching birds are migrating from the north through the region. The perfect storm of birds is completed by the arrival from south of a variety of Mexican rarities.

The Elegant Trogon is one of many spectacular species observable during the Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival.

Festival bird list

The possible bird species visible during the festival include Montezuma Quail, Gray Hawk, Ruddy Ground Dove, Whiskered Screech-Owl, Mexican Whip-poor-will, Broad-billed Hummingbird, White-eared Hummingbird, Berylline Hummingbird, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Blue-throated Hummingbird, Magnificent Hummingbird, Lucifer Hummingbird, Elegant Trogon Gila ,Woodpecker, Arizona Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Greater Pewee, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Thick-billed Kingbird, Tropical Kingbird, Mexican Ja,y Bridled Titmouse, Mexican Chickadee, Black-capped Gnatcatcher, Bendire’s Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher, Lucy’s Warbler, Grace’s Warbler, Painted Redstart, Red-faced Warbler, Olive Warbler, Abert’s Towhee, Botteri’s Sparrow, Rufous-winged Sparrow, Five-striped Sparrow, Yellow-eyed Junco and many more.

Although this site focuses on native birds and bird watching in New Mexico, Arizona has a more organized population of birding events, and really is so close to us new Mexicans, we can take advantage of their hospitality. Please do and let me know if you attend and I will report as I attend as well.