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Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival is Arizona’s oldest birding festival. Since 1991 we’ve been offering small group trips. The 2023 Summer Festival will run from Wednesday August 2 to Saturday August 5, 2023 with a welcome pre-festival Jamboree on Tuesday August 1. Field trips are mainly in Group Vans to more distant and less accessible locations with a small number of small car-caravan style guided trips in participants’ own vehicles to more local spots. There are free talks and walks, plus vendors and exhibitors, based at Cochise College, Sierra Vista.

Arizona specialties include: Montezuma Quail, Gray and Zone-tailed Hawks, Lucifer, Violet-crowned and White-eared Hummingbirds, Elf Owl, Buff-collared Nightjar, Elegant Trogon, Arizona Woodpecker, Rose-throated Becard, Northern Beardless Tyrannulet, Buff-breasted and Sulphur-bellied Flycatchers, Thick-billed Kingbird, Mexican Chickadee, Olive, Lucy’s, Grace’s and Red-faced Warblers, Painted Redstart, and Botteri’s, Cassin’s and Five-striped Sparrows.

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