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Perhaps you’re destined for a long layover at Sky Harbor International Airport and are itching to see a Rosy-faced Lovebird. Or maybe you have relatives who live in Phoenix and still haven’t crossed paths with a Gray Vireo. Local birder Magill Weber offers up her suggestions for places to go and birds to see (including those two) in the March 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel.

Her article, “Birding Urban Arizona”, covers locations both within urban Phoenix and outside but less than 45 minutes from the city. The list of avian possibilities is tantalizing: Crissal and Le Conte’s thrashers, Gila Woodpecker, Elf Owl, Black-chinned Sparrow, Zone-tailed Hawk, Abert’s Towhee… And with Cindy Lippincott’s maps, you’ll know exactly where to go to find them.

Magill did a great job of offering a wide array of habitats in her article, but there are many other locations that we just didn’t have room for. Do you have a favorite birding location in the Phoenix area that you’d like to share? An experience you want to tell us about? A comment or question about the article? Please offer them in the comment section, below!

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Michael Retter
Michael L. P. Retter is the editor of the ABA's newest magazine, Birder's Guide. He also wears his ABA cap while working as a Technical Reviewer for Birding magazine. When not at home, Michael is often leading tours in Middle America (Mexico through Panama). He currently lives with his fiancé, Matt, in Fort Worth, Texas. In his fleeting free time there, he pursues interests in horticulture (especially orchids), music, cooking, and numismatics. Michael also runs GBNA, the continent's informal club and email list for LGBT birders.
  • Gregg Gorton

    Echo Canyon on the West side of Camelback Mountain (near the head of the camel) has great Prairie Falcon-watching, and I assume, nesting activity: just focus up on the cliff face as you look east-southeastward…

  • Quentin Brown

    A nice urban spot is the Desert Botanical Garden on Galvin Parkway in Phoenix. There are walks each Monday by a friendly and knowledgable group. It’s a great place to see lovebirds.

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