Southwest Wings: Summer Festival Field Trip – WF1 Overnight Chiricahua Mountains/Cave Creek
(Return Friday, August 4)
Join author and bird guide, Rick Taylor, on an exploration of the Chiricahua Mountains. We will start with Cassin’s and Botteri’s Sparrows in the prairies at the base, then climb into the pine-oak woodlands to search for Arizona Woodpecker, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, and Bridled Titmouse. Entering the coniferous forest we’ll look for Virginia’s, Grace’s, and Olive Warblers along with Greater Pewees, Red-faced Warblers, Pygmy Nuthatch and Steller’s Jay. A Chiricahua specialty is the Mexican Chickadee, not found anywhere else on public lands within the entire United States.
We have two nights at Portal Peak Lodge at the mouth of majestic Cave Creek Canyon. There we will explore sycamore-laced South Fork for Elegant Trogon, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Painted Redstart, and Hepatic Tanager. The many hummingbird feeders in the area host colorful Rivoli’s, Blue-throated and Broad-billed Hummingbirds. On a pre-breakfast excursion into the desert below Portal we’ll try for Bendire’s and Crissal Thrashers and adjacent foothills harbor Juniper Titmouse and Black-chinned Sparrow. A night run up Cave Creek may net us Whiskered Screech-Owl and Elf Owl, along with calling Mexican Whip-poor-will.
This trip includes all meals and two nights accommodation at the Portal Peak Lodge. This trip is best suited for intermediate birding skills. Bring hat and sunscreen, camera, pocket flashlight, and wear sturdy hiking boots. With birding stops en route, this trip may get back after 4 pm. Hiking Difficulty: 3 moderate. Guide: Rick Taylor
Meeting place: Cochise College, Sierra Vista. Follow Campus Drive to east of Colombo Avenue and park in parking lot on the left. Map link
- Audience: Adult
- Genre: Field Sciences
- Type: Expo/Festival, Field Trip/Outdoor Activity, Workshop