Join Mowgli Expeditions on an exceptional and affordable Birding Trip to Arizona in September 2021!
We invite you to join Mowgli Expeditions in August 2021 for a unique birding trip to Arizona. Given the Covid pandemic – All deposits and payments are unconditionally refundable till 45 days prior to departure date. All participants will be required to have completed a full course of vaccination at least two weeks prior to the tour.
Dates: September 3rd- Sept. 11th, 2021 – 9 days
Cost: $3350 per person (twin sharing)
Single supplement: $700
Deposit: A $750 deposit is required to confirm your spot.
Travis Audubon will receive a donation for each member who goes on the trip.
Included: All lodging, meals as listed, tips for meals, ground transportation, park fees, guide fees.
Not Included: International flights, beverages, tips, travel insurance, and items of a personal nature.
Guiding: Guiding shall be provided by experienced guides from AZ.
Day 1: Tucson arrival
Day 2: Tubac and Rio Rico
Day 3: Portal, AZ
Day 4: Sierra Vista
Day 5: Sierra Vista
Day 6 : Sierra Vista
Day 7: Madera Canyon
Day 8: Madera Canyon
Day 9: Departure
Day 1 – Arrive in Tucson, AZ
Upon arrival in Tucson, we shall head to our lodge/B&B for an overnight stay. The plan is to stay at a lodge or a nice Air B&B instead of a hotel like Hilton.
We shall spend the evening having dinner at a local restaurant, which serves southwestern food. We shall then get to relax, rejuvenate and look forward to birding in Arizona. Overnight Stay: The Jeremiah Inn or a nice Air B&B Meals.
Day 2 – Tubac and Rio Rico
Today we shall head to the Tubac area to the Tubac De Anza Trail and after a break for lunch and some rest continue birding in the vicinity at the Rio-Rico Area in the evening.
Day 3 – Drive to Portal (4 hours)
Today we shall head out into the Arizona countryside to Portal. We shall take a longer scenic route with a break for lunch at Sierra Vista.
The birds to look for in the Portal area are Pyrrhuloxia, Mexican Jay, Mexican Chickadee, Yellow-eyed Junco, Red-faced warbler, Painted Redstart, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher and Gambel’s Quail. The Cave creek area is one of the few places in the US where one would have a chance to see the Elegant Trogon.
Other than birding, the place we are planning on staying at is a small horse lodge with each cabin having fantastic views of the mountains!
Day 4 – Portal to Hereford via Chiricahua Mtns (2 hrs)
Have a relaxed breakfast and then head to Chiricahua Mtns. Stop at various different places and bird. (2 hrs birding + 1.5 hrs drive). The drive through Chiricahua mountains is really special. We shall stop and bird at leisure. We shall look for Stellar’s Jay, Arizona woodpecker, Acorn woodpecker.
Once we get to our lodge in Sierra Vista area, we will do some more birding at the lodge premises. Night Stay at Casa de San Pedro.
Day 5 – Birding at Rio San Pedro
Today, we shall spend the whole day birding at the trails next to the San Pedro river. This area is considered one of the largest migratory corridors for the birds in the US. It’s a habitat for over 100 species of birds and more than 150 species of migratory birds have been observed here. We hope to see many species of flycatchers sparrows, songbirds here. Night Stay at San Pedro or similar.
Day 6 – Sierra Vista Area
Today we shall spend time at Ramsey Canyon Preserve. It is a beautiful place maintained and managed by Nature Conservancy, and you shall love walking the open trails with several tall native trees attracting many different species of birds. We shall go for our morning walk here and shall also visit Miller Canyon which holds the record for the highest number of hummingbird species spotted in a day, and Ash Canyon which is a great place to find the Lucifer Hummingbird. Night Stay at Casa de San Pedro or similar.
Day 7, 8 – Madera Canyon
Today we shall leave Sierra Vista and head to Madera Canyon. Madera Canyon is one of the top destinations for birding in US and is home to over 250 species of birds, including 15 hummingbird species. Visitors from all over the world arrive in search of specialties like the Elf Owl, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Red-faced Warbler and Painted Redstart. Stay at Santa Rita Lodge/Amado B&B or similar.
Day 9 – Back to Tucson
Today, with some early morning birding ( time permitting) we shall leave our lovely lodge/Inn in Madera canyon and drive straight to the Tucson airport to catch our flight back home.
For this trip we are planning on renting 2 cars/or 1 big van.
Come join us for this adventure!