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A Birder's Guide to Southeastern Arizona

A Birder's Guide to Southeastern Arizona

Richard Cachor Taylor
Revised 2005
384 pages; paper (lay-flat)
ISBN 1-878788-22-1
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Great year-round birding, grand scenery, and a birdlist that includes some of the most sought-after and beautiful birds in all of North America – these were the inspirations for Jim Lane when he wrote the first Lane Guide in 1965. Three decades later, Richard Cachor Taylor, a near-lifetime resident of Southeastern Arizona, bird-tour guide, and author, completed a totally revised edition of that first guide in the Lane series. And now, Rick has authored a second edition of his essential guide to Southeastern Arizona, which includes:

• Expanded bar graphs, keyed to habitats, with seasonal and abundance information for 514 species.

• The annotated "specialties" section, a Lane Guide hallmark, provides information on the best places to find over 240 of the most interesting birds of SE Arizona.

• Maps, directions, and birding tips for the newest birding hotspots, as well as complete updates of the maps from the first edition.

Rick brings a wealth of field experience and boundless enthusiasm for this priceless corner of Arizona to the guide. His attention to detail provides a complete picture of the opportunities awaiting birders in Southeastern Arizona.

Table of Contents for a Birder's Guide to Southeastern Arizona





The Trips


Chapter 1  Tucson Oases 


Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Loop


Marana Pecan Grove Loop


San Xavier Mission Loop  


The Santa Cruz River in Winter



Chapter  2  Santa Catalina Mountains


Catalina Highway to Mt Lemmon


Sabino Canyon 


Tanque Verde Road and Redington Pass



Chapter 3  Nogales and Patagonia Loop



Chapter 4   Santa Rita Mountains


Chapter  5   Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and Arivaca Creek  Loop


Chapter  6   Huachuca Mountains


Garden Canyon-Ramsey Canyon Tour


Carr Canyon-Miller Canyon-Ash Canyon Tour


Chapter 7   San Pedro Valley


The Upper Valley


The Lower Valley


Chapter  8   Sulphur Springs Valley


Chapter 9   Chiricahua Mountains


Desert Valley Loop


Canyons Loop  


Highlands Transect


Chapter 10  Other  Locations


A  Red Rock and Santa Cruz Flats


B  Picacho Reservoir  


C  Catalina State Park


D Aravaipa Canyon West and Dudleyville


E   Sells, Tohono  O'odham  Nation 


F   Chino and Montosa Canyons


G  Pena Blanca Lake


H  Sycamore Canyon, Atascosa Mountains


I   California Gulch


J   San Rafael Valley


K  South and West of the Huachucas


L  French Joe Canyon


M  Guadalupe Canyon


N  Muleshoe Ranch


O  Aravaipa Canyon East



II   Specialties of Southeastern Arizona 



Ill Birds of Southeastern Arizona


Habitat Categories


Bar Graphs


IV  Appendices


Amphibians and Reptiles of Southeastern  Arizona


Mammals of Southeastern  Arizona


Tear-out Trail Maps


Scheelite Canyon, Fort Huachuca


Sycamore Canyon 


Mt Wrightson Area Trails, Madera Canyon


ABA Code of Birding Ethics 


Arizona Bird Sighting Report


Suggested References


Y  Index 


Southeastern Arizona Mileage Chart


List of Birds in a Birder's Guide to Southeastern Arizona




Abert's Towhee
Allen's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
Aztec Thrush

Bell's Vireo
Berylline Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Black-throated Sparrow
Blue-throated Hummingbird
Botteri's Sparrow
Bridled Titmouse
Broadbilled Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-crested Flycatcher
Buff-Breasted Flycatcher

Cactus Wren
Calliope Hummingbird
Canyon Wren
Cassin's Kingbird
Cassin's Sparrow
Chihuahuan Raven
Common Ground-Dove
Costa's Hummingbird

Doves & Pigeons
Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Eared Trogon
Elegant Trogon
Elf Owl

Ferruginous Hawk
Flame-colored Tanager
Flammulated Owl

Gambel's Quail
Gila Woodpecker
Gilded Flicker
Grace's Warbler
Gray Hawk
Greater Pewee
Greater Roadrunner
Green Kingfisher

Harris's Hawk
Hepatic Tanager
Hooded Oriole
Hutton's Vireo

Inca Dove

Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Lawrence's Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Nighthawk
Lucifer Hummingbird
Lucy's Warbler




Magnificent Hummingbird
Mexican Chickadee
Mexican Jay
Montezuma Quail
Mountain Plover

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet

Olive Warbler
Owls and Nightjars

Painted Redstart
Plain-capped Hummingbird
Plumbeous Vireo

Red-faced Warbler
Rose-throated Becard
Ruddy Ground-Dove
Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous-backed Robin

Scaled Quail
Scott's Oriole
Silky Flycatchers
Spotted Owl
Strickland's Woodpecker
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
Swainson's Hawk

Tanagers, Buntings, Etc.
Tick-billed Kingbird
Titmice & Verdin
Tropical Kingbird

Vermilion Flycatcher
Violet-crowned Hummingbird
Virginia's Warbler

Whiskered Screech Owl
White-eared Hummingbird
White-tailed Kite
White-winged Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-eyed Junco

Zone-tailed Hawk