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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
White-throated Sparrow 21 Apr
Lucifer Hummingbird 21 Apr Ash Canyon B&B (Wed noon-dusk; dawn-dusk other days)
Chihuahuan Raven 21 Apr Sam Lena Park and KERP
Rufous-winged Sparrow 21 Apr
Rufous-winged Sparrow 21 Apr Portal--Bob Rodrigues yard (Dave Jasper's old yard)
Montezuma Quail 21 Apr
Virginia Rail 21 Apr Kennedy Park
Rufous-winged Sparrow 21 Apr
Rufous-winged Sparrow 21 Apr Santa Cruz River--Cortaro Rd.
Rufous-winged Sparrow 21 Apr Portal--Bob Rodrigues yard (Dave Jasper's old yard)
Bufflehead 21 Apr Glendale Recharge Ponds
Great Blue Heron 20 Apr
Rufous-winged Sparrow 20 Apr Portal--Cathedral Rock Rd at Creek Rd
Great Blue Heron 20 Apr
White-faced Ibis 20 Apr
Five-striped Sparrow 20 Apr stakeout Five-striped Sparrow, Box Canyon (2017-9)
Five-striped Sparrow 20 Apr stakeout Five-striped Sparrow, Box Canyon (2017-9)
Bufflehead 20 Apr Glendale Recharge Ponds
Fox Sparrow 20 Apr Paton Center for Hummingbirds (Patons' Yard)
Fox Sparrow 20 Apr Paton Center for Hummingbirds (Patons' Yard)
Fox Sparrow 20 Apr Paton Center for Hummingbirds (Patons' Yard)
Cassin's Finch 20 Apr Portal--Dave Jasper's new yard (opened 2015)
Lucifer Hummingbird 20 Apr Portal--Dave Jasper's new yard (opened 2015)
Five-striped Sparrow 20 Apr stakeout Five-striped Sparrow, Box Canyon (2017-9)
Five-striped Sparrow 20 Apr stakeout Five-striped Sparrow, Box Canyon (2017-9)
Lewis's Woodpecker 20 Apr Green Valley--Madera Highlands
Lewis's Woodpecker 20 Apr Green Valley--Madera Highlands
Lewis's Woodpecker 20 Apr Green Valley--Madera Highlands
Lewis's Woodpecker 20 Apr Green Valley--Madera Highlands
Lucifer Hummingbird 20 Apr Paradise--George Walker House
Lucifer Hummingbird 20 Apr Paradise--George Walker House
Chihuahuan Raven 20 Apr Sam Lena Park and KERP
Willet 20 Apr Sam Lena Park and KERP
Willet 20 Apr Sam Lena Park and KERP
Chihuahuan Raven 20 Apr Sam Lena Park and KERP
Rose-throated Becard 20 Apr De Anza Trail--Tubac
Rose-throated Becard 20 Apr De Anza Trail--Tubac
Golden-crowned Sparrow 20 Apr Portal--Cave Creek Ranch
Snow Goose 20 Apr Lakeside Park
Black-capped Gnatcatcher 20 Apr Madera Canyon--Proctor Rd.
Black-capped Gnatcatcher 20 Apr Madera Canyon--Proctor Rd.
Black-capped Gnatcatcher 20 Apr Madera Canyon--Proctor Rd.
Elegant Trogon 20 Apr Madera Canyon--Madera Picnic Area
Lewis's Woodpecker 20 Apr Green Valley--Madera Highlands
Lewis's Woodpecker 20 Apr Green Valley--Madera Highlands
Lewis's Woodpecker 20 Apr Green Valley--Madera Highlands
Short-tailed Hawk 20 Apr
Cassin's Finch 20 Apr Portal--Dave Jasper's new yard (opened 2015)
Lucifer Hummingbird 20 Apr Portal--Dave Jasper's new yard (opened 2015)
Lucifer Hummingbird 20 Apr Portal--Dave Jasper's new yard (opened 2015)
Lucifer Hummingbird 20 Apr Portal--Dave Jasper's new yard (opened 2015)
Lucifer Hummingbird 20 Apr
White-throated Sparrow 20 Apr Paton Center for Hummingbirds (Patons' Yard)
White-throated Sparrow 20 Apr Paton Center for Hummingbirds (Patons' Yard)
White-throated Sparrow 20 Apr Paton Center for Hummingbirds (Patons' Yard)
White-throated Sparrow 20 Apr Paton Center for Hummingbirds (Patons' Yard)
Cassin's Finch 20 Apr Paton Center for Hummingbirds (Patons' Yard)
Prairie Falcon 20 Apr
Prairie Falcon 20 Apr
Bufflehead 20 Apr Lower River Road Ponds
Lucifer Hummingbird 20 Apr Portal--Dave Jasper's new yard (opened 2015)
White-throated Sparrow 20 Apr Paton Center for Hummingbirds (Patons' Yard)
Bendire's Thrasher 20 Apr Stateline Rd. (Cochise Co.)
Townsend's Solitaire 20 Apr Agua Caliente Park
Golden-crowned Kinglet 20 Apr Mt. Lemmon--Bear Canyon (General Hitchcock Campground)
Golden-crowned Kinglet 20 Apr Mt. Lemmon--Bear Canyon (General Hitchcock Campground)
Lewis's Woodpecker 20 Apr
Lucifer Hummingbird 20 Apr stakeout Five-striped Sparrow, Box Canyon (2017-9)
Lucifer Hummingbird 20 Apr stakeout Five-striped Sparrow, Box Canyon (2017-9)
Lawrence's Goldfinch 20 Apr Salt River--Coon Bluff Recreation Area
Broad-winged Hawk 20 Apr Montezuma Well Picnic Area
Broad-winged Hawk 20 Apr Montezuma Well Picnic Area
Broad-winged Hawk 20 Apr Montezuma Well Picnic Area
Broad-winged Hawk 20 Apr Montezuma Well Picnic Area
Glossy Ibis 20 Apr Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course
Greater White-fronted Goose 20 Apr Walnut Canyon Lakes
Lucifer Hummingbird 20 Apr Ash Canyon B&B (Wed noon-dusk; dawn-dusk other days)
Lucifer Hummingbird 20 Apr Ash Canyon B&B (Wed noon-dusk; dawn-dusk other days)
Northern Parula 20 Apr Portal
Lewis's Woodpecker 20 Apr Green Valley--Madera Highlands
Lewis's Woodpecker 20 Apr Green Valley--Madera Highlands
Broad-winged Hawk 20 Apr Coronado NM--Montezuma Pass
Burrowing Owl 20 Apr Las Cienegas NCA--FR 6904 (prairie dog colony)
American Redstart 20 Apr Yuma East Wetlands
Bendire's Thrasher 20 Apr Stateline Rd. (Cochise Co.)
Cassin's Finch 20 Apr
Common Black Hawk 20 Apr
Common Black Hawk 20 Apr
Common Black Hawk 20 Apr
White-throated Sparrow 20 Apr Paton Center for Hummingbirds (Patons' Yard)
Lucifer Hummingbird 20 Apr Battiste Bed & Breakfast
Willet 20 Apr Sam Lena Park and KERP
Willet 20 Apr Sam Lena Park and KERP
Rose-throated Becard 20 Apr De Anza Trail--Tubac
Vermilion Flycatcher 20 Apr
Bufflehead 20 Apr Glendale Recharge Ponds
Clay-colored Sparrow 20 Apr Rob G’s House (Restricted Access)
Lewis's Woodpecker 20 Apr Rob G’s House (Restricted Access)
Lewis's Woodpecker 20 Apr Rob G’s House (Restricted Access)
Clay-colored Sparrow 20 Apr Rob G’s House (Restricted Access)
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