AZ-Birding puts you in direct contact with Arizona’s most skilled professional birding guides, letting you take advantage of their expertise and their experience in your search for this exciting region’s avian specialties.

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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
Tropical Kingbird 24 May St. David--Holy Trinity Monastery
Gray Catbird 24 May
Curve-billed Thrasher (palmeri Group) 24 May Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course
Greater Yellowlegs 24 May Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course
Eastern Wood-Pewee 24 May Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch
Gray Flycatcher 24 May Salt River--Granite Reef Recreation Area
Harris's Hawk 24 May
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher 24 May Mt. Lemmon--Bear Canyon
Pyrrhuloxia 24 May
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher 24 May Mt. Lemmon--Bear Canyon
Gray Catbird 24 May Rio de Flag--Willow Bend/Urban Trail
Gray Catbird 24 May Rio de Flag--Willow Bend/Urban Trail
Indigo Bunting 24 May Catalina SP
Rose-throated Becard 24 May De Anza Trail--Tubac
Black-capped Gnatcatcher 24 May Florida Canyon--lower
Gray Hawk 24 May Hassayampa River--US 60 Rest Area
Bronzed Cowbird 24 May Oak Creek--Chavez Crossing
Rufous-capped Warbler 24 May
Rose-throated Becard 24 May De Anza Trail--Tubac
Bendire's Thrasher 24 May Stateline Rd. (Cochise Co.)
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher 24 May Mt. Lemmon--Bear Canyon
Rufous-capped Warbler 24 May Sycamore Canyon (Santa Cruz Co.)
Rufous-capped Warbler 24 May Sycamore Canyon (Santa Cruz Co.)
Crested Caracara 24 May
Yellow-throated Vireo 24 May Oak Creek Canyon--Cave Springs CG
American Redstart 24 May Dateland
Orange-crowned Warbler 24 May Dateland
Inca Dove 24 May Tanque Verde Wash--Tanque Verde Loop Rd.
Black-capped Gnatcatcher 24 May Florida Canyon--lower
Band-tailed Pigeon 24 May Slate Creek Divide (Maricopa Co.)
Steller's Jay 24 May Slate Creek Divide (Maricopa Co.)
Steller's Jay 24 May Slate Creek Divide (Maricopa Co.)
Mexican Jay 24 May Slate Creek Divide (Maricopa Co.)
Mexican Jay 24 May Slate Creek Divide (Maricopa Co.)
House Wren 24 May Slate Creek Divide (Maricopa Co.)
House Wren 24 May Slate Creek Divide (Maricopa Co.)
Hairy Woodpecker 24 May Slate Creek Divide (Maricopa Co.)
Hairy Woodpecker 24 May Slate Creek Divide (Maricopa Co.)
Grace's Warbler 24 May Slate Creek Divide (Maricopa Co.)
Grace's Warbler 24 May Slate Creek Divide (Maricopa Co.)
Five-striped Sparrow 24 May Greaterville Road--between Hwy 83 and Box Canyon Rd
Dusky-capped Flycatcher 24 May Slate Creek Divide (Maricopa Co.)
Band-tailed Pigeon 24 May Slate Creek Divide (Maricopa Co.)
Five-striped Sparrow 24 May stakeout Five-striped Sparrow, Box Canyon (2017-9)
Thick-billed Kingbird 24 May Portal--Cathedral Rock Rd at Creek Rd
Green Kingfisher 24 May De Anza Trail--powerline right of way area
American Wigeon 24 May Fort Lowell Park and Pantano Wash
Ring-necked Duck 24 May Salt River--Granite Reef Recreation Area
Five-striped Sparrow 24 May stakeout Five-striped Sparrow, Box Canyon (2017-9)
Lucifer Hummingbird 24 May stakeout Five-striped Sparrow, Box Canyon (2017-9)
American Wigeon 24 May Fort Lowell Park and Pantano Wash
American White Pelican 24 May Mormon Lake
Ring-necked Duck 24 May Mormon Lake
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 24 May
Common Merganser 23 May Lake Mead NRA--Hoover Dam (AZ)
Yellow-breasted Chat 23 May Buenos Aires NWR--Brown Canyon (restricted access)
Five-striped Sparrow 23 May stakeout Five-striped Sparrow, Box Canyon (2017-9)
Green-winged Teal 23 May Solar Power & Water Ponds
Red-necked Phalarope 23 May Solar Power & Water Ponds
Eastern Wood-Pewee 23 May Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch
Eastern Wood-Pewee 23 May Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch
Eastern Wood-Pewee 23 May Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch
Lucifer Hummingbird 23 May
Eastern Wood-Pewee 23 May Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch
Townsend's Solitaire 23 May
Eurasian Collared-Dove 23 May
Black-and-white Warbler 23 May Rio de Flag--Willow Bend/Urban Trail
Lucifer Hummingbird 23 May stakeout Five-striped Sparrow, Box Canyon (2017-9)
Rose-throated Becard 23 May De Anza Trail--Tubac
Wild Turkey 23 May De Anza Trail--Tubac
Wild Turkey 23 May De Anza Trail--Tubac
Rose-throated Becard 23 May De Anza Trail--Tubac
Elegant Trogon 23 May Madera Canyon--Madera Picnic Area
Lucifer Hummingbird 23 May stakeout Five-striped Sparrow, Box Canyon (2017-9)
Tropical Kingbird 23 May St. David--Holy Trinity Monastery
Common Black Hawk (Common) 23 May Pena Blanca Lake
Least Bittern 23 May Pena Blanca Lake
Eastern Wood-Pewee 23 May Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch
American Wigeon 23 May Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course
Black-bellied Plover 23 May Willcox--Lake Cochise and Twin Lakes Golf Course
Black-capped Gnatcatcher 23 May Florida Canyon--lower
Elegant Trogon 23 May Madera Canyon--Madera Picnic Area
Yellow-eyed Junco 23 May Madera Canyon--Madera Picnic Area
Least Bittern 23 May Pena Blanca Lake
Rufous-capped Warbler 23 May Florida Canyon--lower
LeConte's Thrasher 23 May
Black-capped Gnatcatcher 23 May Florida Canyon--lower
Black-capped Gnatcatcher 23 May Florida Canyon--lower
Worm-eating Warbler 23 May Huachuca Canyon--lower picnic area
Chihuahuan Raven 23 May Sam Lena Park and KERP
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 23 May
Hammond's Flycatcher 23 May Cave Creek Canyon--South Fork
Hammond's Flycatcher 23 May Cave Creek Canyon--South Fork
Hammond's Flycatcher 23 May Cave Creek Canyon--South Fork
Hammond's Flycatcher 23 May Cave Creek Canyon--South Fork
Pyrrhuloxia 23 May Vekol Valley--South Vekol Well
Pyrrhuloxia 23 May Vekol Valley--South Vekol Well
Wild Turkey 23 May Aravaipa Canyon--west (Pinal Co.)
Five-striped Sparrow 23 May Box Canyon
Five-striped Sparrow 23 May Box Canyon
Explore more Arizona birding data at eBird.