Besides the Grand Canyon, Arizona offers some of the best bird watching in the world. In this two day Arizona Birds of the Southwest Workshop, we will visit the renowned Gilbert Riparian Preserve near Phoenix and explore beautiful Rogers Canyon. What makes this tour so unique is the sheer variety of birds to be sighted, combined with the beautiful wilderness characteristics and treasure trove of archaeological wonders of Rogers Canyon.
Rogers Canyon, located in Arizona’s magnificent Superstition Wilderness, is a protected riparian and desert oasis with a perennial stream, towering canyon walls, lush vegetation, and lots of birds and wildlife.
The Gilbert Riparian Preserve is an avian paradise, featuring more than 298 species of birds that have been identified and many insects, fish amphibians , reptiles and mammals.
Arizona Birds Workshop
This two day tour will be led by Shero Holland with Sonoran Sky Birdwalks. Shero is an expert birdwatcher, a sensitive-species surveyor, a birdwatching/hiking/walking guide and has a B.A. degree in geology at Rice University and an M.N.S. in Biology at Arizona State University. He has been studying birds, wildlife and botany for over twenty years.
For wilderness birders looking to add dramatic birds to their life list portfolio and experience outstanding desert scenery, this workshop is supreme.
On the first day of your journey you will take in the breathtaking splendor and avian diversity of the Gilbert Riparian Preserve. On the second day you will hike and bird-watch in one of the most beautiful and seldom visited canyons in all of Arizona: Rogers Canyon. Get your binoculars ready, this is a bird watching and hiking experience not to be missed.
The following is just a sample of some of the magnificent southwestern Arizona birds which may be sighted: Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), Gambel’s quail, Anna’s hummingbird, Costa’s hummingbird, Turkey vulture, Bell’s vireo, Verdin, Rock wren, Canyon wren, White-throated swift, Lucy’s warbler, Common raven, Ruby-crowned kinglet, House finch, Lesser goldfinch, Gila woodpecker, Zone-tailed hawk, Phainopepla, Black phoebe, Mallard and American coot.
That’s a total of 22 species!