Summer Birding in Tucson and Beyond: A Symphony of Feathers Amidst the Shade and not so Cool Breezes

Summer Birding in Tucson and Beyond: A Symphony of Feathers Amidst the Shade and not so Cool Breezes

Summer in the Sonoran Desert presents a vibrant tableau of birding opportunities. From the heart of Tucson, Arizona, to the majestic Arizona White Mountains and Chiricahua Mountains, summer in the Desert can be a bird watcher's dream. Here's a guide to savoring the avian delights while keeping cool and comfortable.

1. Seek the Cool Altitudes: Mt. Lemmon, Madera Canyon, and the Arizona White Mountains

Mountain BluebirdWhen Tucson heats up, head to the heights. Mt. Lemmon's cool breezes beckon with species like the Red-faced Warbler and Mexican Chickadee. Nearby, Madera Canyon's oak woodlands house Elegant Trogons and Arizona Woodpeckers. Venturing further? The Arizona White Mountains are a treasure trove of untouched wilderness, offering breathtaking scenery and an array of bird species, including the Osprey and Mountain Bluebird. This region is an exciting addition to your summer birding adventure.

2. Embrace the Shade: Ramsey Canyon and Chiricahua Mountains

Elegant TrogonRamsey Canyon is a natural oasis, shaded with lush trees and home to the Violet-crowned Hummingbird. And if you're willing to travel, the Chiricahua Mountains provide an awe-inspiring landscape filled with cavities, cliffs, and creeks that house exotic birds like the Elegant Trogon. These spots offer comfort and birding excitement even on the hottest days.

3. Witness the Magnificent Migration: August and September

Ruby-throated hummingbirdLate summer in Tucson brings a thrilling migration, especially of hummingbirds. Over a dozen species, including the Ruby-throated and Black-chinned Hummingbirds, decorate the region with colors and activity.


4. Stay Hydrated: Enjoying the Desert Responsibly

Whether exploring the desert or mountain trails, hydration is vital. Carry enough water and wear appropriate clothing to ensure a safe and pleasurable birding experience.

5. The Hummingbird Festival: July at Sipe Wildlife Area in Eagar Arizona

Don't miss the opportunity to attend the annual Hummingbird Festival at Sipe Wildlife Area in July. This unique festival celebrates the remarkable hummingbirds that grace the region. Visitors can witness these mesmerizing birds in action, attend informative talks, and participate in guided bird walks. The festival offers an extraordinary chance to get up close and personal with some of the most captivating creatures of the avian world, all set against the beautiful backdrop of Sipe Wildlife Area.

Conclusion: A Summer Full of Feathers, Shades, and Exploration

Summer birding in and around Tucson offers a rich tapestry of experiences. From local favorites like Mt. Lemmon and Madera Canyon to further explorations into the Arizona White Mountains and Chiricahua Mountains, there's a world of avian wonders waiting to be discovered. Join me as we embrace the beauty, the shades, and the joyful symphony of feathers.