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Arizona Birdwatching in Sierra Vista

Birdwatching in Sierra Vista

It's Birdwatching Season in Sierra Vista.  Sierra Vista is known for being at the heart of one of the finest birding areas in the US.  It's sometimes known as 'The Hummingbird Capital of America'.  Within a 2 hour drive of Sierra Vista are some of the most plentiful birding areas in the US.

Be sure to visit the  Huachuca Audubon Society for the most current birding walks occuring in the area which are open FREE of charge to everyone. 

23rd Annual 2014 Southwest Wings Birding Festival arrives in Sierra Vista July 30 - Aug 3, 2014

It's Birdwatching Season 2014 in Sierra Vista -- book your Sierra Vista Birders Package.  Rates start at just $79 including hot breakfast, bottled water, birding checklists and maps! An amazing deal!

**New For 2014 - Southwest Wings will present an award to the registered participant who sees the most verified species during the festival! More Info on registration

Need a private bird watching guide?  Check the http://www.explorecochise.com/Bird-watching site.

Sierra Suites offers Arizona birders special to choose from when visiting Sierra Vista.  Book your Sierra Vista Birdwatching hotel room with us during birdwatching season. $79 Birdwatching Package available now!

Your Sierra Vista birdwatching itenerary must include:

Beatty's Orchard, Ramsey Canyon Preserve and Ash Canyon all welcome visitors with a small $5 admission. Beatty's and Ramsey Canyon have a greater variety of hummingbirds (in season) but Ash Canyon has a greater variety of bird specials all year round.

The San Pedro House (free) is a wonderful place for first time visitors.  Birding is excellent there every month of the year and many bird walks start here (regularly posted on our facebook and twitter accounts.

Lastly, the Sunday morning bird walks at the Sierra Vista Environmental Park are free and well worth attending year round.


Sierra Vista Bird Watching Seasons

The best season in Arizona to view tropical specials such as hummingbirds, trogons, warblers and flycatchers is mid-April - September, with spring migration peaking between late April and early May.  During this time thousands and thousands of colorfull songbirds travelling north.

Late Summer in Arizona is also an excellent birding time, with spectacular thunderstorms in July and August brining cooler temperatures - blooming wildflowers attract both hummingbirds and butterflies.  Other migrating birds come to take advantage of the seeds, fruits and insects available during this time.

Bird watching in the winter season brings has it's own appeal with the Sierra Vista Christmas Bird Count (Ramsey Canyon) - with over 150 species.  Lowland locations such as Sulphur Springs Valley and the San Pedro River house the greatest variety of wintering birds. 


San Pedro River Birding (San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area)- One of the largest and most critical bird migratory cooridors remaining in the Western US.  It supports more than 350 species of birds. Ample opportunity to see native and migratory birds of Southern Arizona. Tours available.

Garden Canyon - Fort Huachuca Military Reservation.  Scenic area within Ft. Huachuca that contains some of the most diverse animal life in the Huachuca Mountains, including Montezuma quail, elegant trogon, Mexican spotted owls and various warblers.

Ramsey Canyon Preserve - 380 acres, located east of the Huachuca Mountains.  Known for scenic beauty and excellent birding opportunities. Off of Arizona Highway 92, near Sierra Vista.

Coronado National Memorial - home to the acorn woodpecker, gray-breasted jay, Gambel's quail, Montezuma quail, painted redstart, white-winged dove and many species of hummingbirds. Wheelchair accessible.  5 miles off Highway 92.

Sonoita, Arizona - One of the most picturesque and peaceful birding territories in South West Arizona.  South on Arizona Highway 83 to Sonoita and Elgin.

Las Ciegnegas National Conservation Area - 42,000 acres of grassland, off Arizona Highway 83, near Sonoita, AZ. Free

Patagonia - Sonoita Creek Preserve - featuring groves of cottonwoods and dense willows along Sonoita creek home to over 300 species of bird, including the rare gray hawk.  Off of Arizona Highway 82.

Cave Creek Canyon Recreational Area - Chiricahua Mountains are home to many species of birds from 'south of the border' as well as a rich diversity of wildlife.

Willcox Playa Wildlife Area - Known best for the annual 'Wings over Willcox' festival each January that celebrates the thousands of sandhill cranes which migrate to the area each winter.  Off Arizona Highway 186 at Kansas Settlement Road in Willcox, AZ.

Madera Canyon - home to a variety of southwestern bird habitats with trails that cover a range of life zones, from desert grassland to mountain forest.  Off of I-19 or I-10 to Arizona Highway 83, east of Green Valley.

Sabino Canyon Recreational Area - the stream is on eof the few continuous water sources in the area attracts all kinds of birds and wildlife.

San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge: home to gray hawks, tanagers, blue grosbeaks and hummingbirds. Off of Arizona Highway 80 east of Douglas.

Whitewater Draw Wildlife Refuge - Winter home to thousands of sandhill cranes and a variety of species of raptors.  Off of US Highway 191, northeast of bisbee in teh Sulphur Springs Valley.

Nature's Hideaway at Discovery Park - Discovery Park is  in the process of being restored for birding.  Viewing decks and a bird blind overlook an area where resident and migratory birds flock.  Off of US Highway 191 in Safford, AZ.

Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge - 118,000 of grasslands managed by the Arizona Fish and Wildlife Service. A re-population program is underway for the masked bobwhite quail.  This is the only place in the country where 4 species of quail reside.  Off if I-19 at exit 48.

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