The Best of Arizona: Sites for bird watching

2011-10-30T00:00:00Z The Best of Arizona: Sites for bird watching Arizona Daily Star
October 30, 2011 12:00 am

Chiricahuas

Diverse mountain habitats make the Chiricahua Mountains southeast of Willcox prime birding terrain - even after a fire this summer scorched substantial portions of the range. Sought-after species, including the elegant trogon, show their colors near Portal and Cave Creek Canyon.

Madera Canyon

Birders spot species ranging from black-chinned hummingbirds to trotting wild turkeys in the verdant canyon south of Tucson. Grasslands, mesquite groves, oak woodlands and streamside sites attract an almost magical mix of colorful birds - tiny, huge, common and rare.

Grand Canyon

The South Rim of the Canyon in Northern Arizona might not boast as many species as some other top birding areas in the state. But it's a splendid place to get a view of enormous endangered California condors soaring over the depths of the Canyon.

San Pedro River

A lush stretch of the river east of Sierra Vista - set aside as the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area - is known for its winsome terrain and diverse avian attractions. Bird-watchers get advice and local guidebooks at the historic San Pedro House.

Verde Valley

The valley of the Verde River and the surrounding terrain in Central Arizona provide habitat for herons, hawks, hummingbirds and a winged flurry of other bird families. An annual birding festival is held near Cottonwood in April.

- Selected by Doug Kreutz

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