Category Archives: Birding Arizona

Hooded Orioles and Bronzed Cowbirds

Due to a few simple twists of fate, we’ve been ‘stuck in Dodge’ this summer enjoying an unending string of phenomenal monsoons instead of our usual getaway to the foggy coast of Oregon.  However, this unplanned layover brought some unexpected … Continue reading

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Vultures and the Zone-tailed Hawk

There are two species of vultures found in the U.S., and both are seen in southern Arizona. For the most part, Turkey Vultures (the more widespread and common) are Arizona migrants, flying up from Mexico in the spring to nest … Continue reading

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Exterior Decorating for the Birds

We get plenty of advice when it comes to interior decorating, but fewer suggestions when our yards are involved. More often than not, those limited ideas seldom consider all the creatures we share our outdoor living space with, especially birds. … Continue reading

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It’s that Quail Time of Year

Not sure why, but for some unexplained reason we’ve seen more Gambel’s Quail this year than usual. On our quarterly Tucson Bird Counts along the Canada del Oro Wash and along Willow Springs Road we’ve counted far more quail in … Continue reading

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Big Bird Holiday at Rooster Cogburn’s

If you’re looking for a bird-oriented holiday outing designed for kids, grandkids and adults, too, there’s a great option about an hour from Tucson.  The Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch is a 600-acre tract on the south side of Picacho Peak … Continue reading

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Rare Birds in Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park is one of Arizona’s state park gems, and remarkably the nearest one to a major population center.  The park was established in 1983, and consists of 5,493 acres of high desert/lower Sonoran Life Zone. The park entrance … Continue reading

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Sharpie, the Cooper’s ‘Innocent’ Cousin

Wherever you find birds in the greater Tucson area, sooner or later you’ll find a Cooper’s Hawk, as well.  This is to be expected, since Cooper’s Hawks feed almost exclusively on other birds.  And, being resourceful, Cooper’s Hawks are commonly … Continue reading

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