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!