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Whether you’re looking for a first introduction to birds and birding or striking out on the quest for a milestone rarity, you’ll find every one of our guides to be an ideal field companion. Learn more about our guides and what to expect.

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NOTE: For guides who only work a specific region (such as Phoenix) you’ll need to book directly on their calendar as they aren’t listed in the general calendar.

Plan Your Trip

When to come

There’s no such thing as a bad time to bird Arizona. For a first visit, the cooler monsoon season of July and August will produce the greatest variety of Arizona specialties and a good chance at vagrants. Fall and spring see large numbers of western migrants, while winter days can be full of waterfowl, raptors, and sparrows. Even early summer is exciting as breeding activity heats up in the deserts and cool mountains.

Review the seasonal abundance of your target species here.

What to look for

The AZ-Birding Latest Rarities page keeps you up to date on recent Arizona birding reports and alerts, all carefully reviewed by our experts. Phone or e-mail us with any questions about the birds you find listed here; we can provide details to help you look on your own or help you make a reservation with one of our guides—in many cases the very birder who discovered the rarity in the first place.

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Notable Sightings in Arizona
Name Date Location
Ridgway's Rail (Yuma) 19 Jun Hidden Lake (private; for access see www.hiddenlakeaz.com)
Glossy Ibis 19 Jun Hidden Lake (private; for access see www.hiddenlakeaz.com)
Glossy Ibis 19 Jun Hidden Lake (private; for access see www.hiddenlakeaz.com)
Ridgway's Rail (Yuma) 19 Jun Hidden Lake (private; for access see www.hiddenlakeaz.com)
American Wigeon 19 Jun Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course
Tropical Kingbird 19 Jun Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course
Tropical Kingbird 19 Jun Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course
American Wigeon 19 Jun Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course
Turkey Vulture (Northern) 19 Jun
American Crow 19 Jun
Pinyon Jay 19 Jun
Pinyon Jay 19 Jun
Pinyon Jay 19 Jun
American Crow 19 Jun
American Crow 19 Jun
Lucifer Hummingbird 19 Jun Portal
Thick-billed Kingbird 19 Jun Portal
Thick-billed Kingbird 19 Jun Portal
Lucifer Hummingbird 19 Jun Portal
Lucifer Hummingbird 19 Jun
Common Crane 19 Jun
Downy Woodpecker 19 Jun
Osprey 19 Jun
Osprey 19 Jun
Osprey 19 Jun
Downy Woodpecker 19 Jun
Downy Woodpecker 19 Jun
White-crowned Sparrow 19 Jun Wilson Meadow
Clark's Grebe 19 Jun Sedona Wetlands Preserve
Rose-throated Becard 19 Jun De Anza Trail--Tubac
Botteri's Sparrow 19 Jun Oracle SP
Elegant Trogon 19 Jun Madera Canyon--Madera Picnic Area
Baird's Sandpiper 19 Jun Van DeWaerden Dairy (Gila River Indian Community permit required)
Baird's Sandpiper 19 Jun Van DeWaerden Dairy (Gila River Indian Community permit required)
Wilson's Phalarope 19 Jun Van DeWaerden Dairy (Gila River Indian Community permit required)
Wilson's Phalarope 19 Jun Van DeWaerden Dairy (Gila River Indian Community permit required)
Montezuma Quail 19 Jun Chevelon Crossing
Montezuma Quail 19 Jun
American Wigeon 19 Jun Fort Lowell Park and Pantano Wash
Five-striped Sparrow 19 Jun stakeout Five-striped Sparrow, Box Canyon (2017-9)
American Redstart 19 Jun Huachuca Canyon--lower picnic area
Northern Parula 19 Jun Huachuca Canyon--lower picnic area
Five-striped Sparrow 19 Jun Box Canyon
Clark's Grebe 19 Jun Sedona Wetlands Preserve
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher 19 Jun Saguaro NP--East--Lower Chiminea Canyon
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 19 Jun Saguaro NP--East--Lower Chiminea Canyon
Purple Martin 19 Jun Saguaro NP--East--Lower Chiminea Canyon
Gilded Flicker 19 Jun Saguaro NP--East--Lower Chiminea Canyon
Tropical Kingbird 19 Jun San Pedro RNCA--Hereford Bridge
Snowy Egret 19 Jun Sweetwater Wetlands
Gadwall 19 Jun Sacaton STP (restricted access; permit required)
Gadwall 19 Jun Sacaton STP (restricted access; permit required)
Montezuma Quail 19 Jun
Spotted Towhee (maculatus Group) 19 Jun West Chevelon Canyon—Mormon Crossing
Spotted Towhee (maculatus Group) 19 Jun Chevelon Crossing
Common Nighthawk 18 Jun Kentucky Camp
Common Nighthawk 18 Jun Kentucky Camp
Lark Bunting 18 Jun
Lark Bunting 18 Jun
Ring-necked Duck 18 Jun White Mountain Reservoir
Ring-necked Duck 18 Jun White Mountain Reservoir
Common Goldeneye 18 Jun White Mountain Reservoir
Common Goldeneye 18 Jun White Mountain Reservoir
Bufflehead 18 Jun White Mountain Reservoir
Bufflehead 18 Jun White Mountain Reservoir
Cassin's Sparrow 18 Jun Petrified Forest NP
Cassin's Sparrow 18 Jun Petrified Forest NP
Clark's Grebe 18 Jun Greer Lakes
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 18 Jun Florida Canyon--lower
Swainson's Thrush 18 Jun Mt. Graham--Riggs Lake
Dusky-capped Flycatcher 18 Jun Pinal Mountains--Pioneer Pass
Tropical Kingbird 18 Jun
Black-capped Gnatcatcher 18 Jun Leslie Canyon NWR
American Redstart 18 Jun Huachuca Canyon
Northern Parula 18 Jun Huachuca Canyon
Buff-breasted Flycatcher 18 Jun Mt. Lemmon--Rose Canyon and Lake
Gray Flycatcher 18 Jun Hunter's Hole
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 18 Jun Hunter's Hole
Rose-throated Becard 18 Jun De Anza Trail--Tubac
American Wigeon 18 Jun Fort Lowell Park and Pantano Wash
Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis) 18 Jun
Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis) 18 Jun
Montezuma Quail 18 Jun
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 18 Jun
American Avocet 18 Jun San Carlos Lake (Gila Co.)
Mexican Duck 18 Jun San Carlos Lake (Gila Co.)
Mexican Duck 18 Jun San Carlos Lake (Gila Co.)
Franklin's Gull 18 Jun San Carlos Lake (Graham Co.)
Franklin's Gull 18 Jun San Carlos Lake (Graham Co.)
Franklin's Gull 18 Jun San Carlos Lake (Gila Co.)
Franklin's Gull 18 Jun San Carlos Lake (Gila Co.)
Elegant Trogon 18 Jun Florida Canyon--lower
Cave Swallow 18 Jun San Carlos Lake (Graham Co.)
Cave Swallow 18 Jun San Carlos Lake (Graham Co.)
Cave Swallow 18 Jun San Carlos Lake (Gila Co.)
Cave Swallow 18 Jun San Carlos Lake (Gila Co.)
Black-capped Gnatcatcher 18 Jun Florida Canyon--lower
American White Pelican 18 Jun San Carlos Lake (Graham Co.)
American White Pelican 18 Jun San Carlos Lake (Graham Co.)
American Avocet 18 Jun San Carlos Lake (Gila Co.)
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