Avid birders should plan now to attend the Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival, August 15-19. This event celebrates the unique biodiversity of southeast Arizona with exciting educational opportunities for birders and nature enthusiasts to discover and enjoy the Sonoran Desert and Sky Islands. There will be workshops, dinner programs, expert-led birding and natural history field trips, and even youth birder outings. You can register online at the Tucson Audubon website. If you want to stay in a desert environment on 17 secluded acres with 53 different birds identified by birders on the property, we invite you to stay at Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast while attending the festival.
Archive for the ‘Birding’ Category
June 30th, 2012 by tucsonbb
April 21st, 2012 by tucsonbb
This Hummingbird is just one of the many visiting the blooming gardens at Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast in Tucson. Three patios and courtyards offer tantalizing food options for these and other birds. In the back patio is a cactus fountain, rose gardens, and many types of desert blooms. Outside guestrooms on several of the porches and hanging in trees are other bird feeders. The courtyard with an old Mexican fountain has more of the lush garden plants that require more water. Bring your cameras and look for birds.
December 29th, 2011 by tucsonbb
Birders come in droves to Southern Arizona to see the Sandhill Cranes during the month of January. They are visible by the hundreds or thousands in areas near Willcox during this next month. Wings Over Willcox Birding and Nature Festival celebrates all things avian from January 12-15. There is a free nature exposition, a variety of free seminars, tours of scenic landscapes and historic sites, Sandhill Crane and Raptor watching spots, and a banquet featuring the Editor of Birding Magazine. For additional details, go to the website Wings Over Willcox. We encourage birding guests at the Hacienda to participate in the festival.
November 9th, 2009 by tucsonbb
Last week, eleven birds were added to our list of birds seen and identified on the property of Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast in Tucson, Arizona. Guests who are expert bird watchers have identified sixty-two kinds of birds
that visit the Hacienda at different times of the year. There are two fountains on the property that attract birds as well as two wild animal ponds, six hummingbird feeders, and eight birdseed feeders, two garden areas, and many trees and flowers that attract birds.
Abert’s Towhee Verdin
Canyon Towhee Phainopepla
Green-tailed Towhee Say’s Phoebe
Ash-throated flycatcher Gambel’s Quail
Black-headed grosbeak Greater Roadrunner
Bewick’s Wren House Wren
Cactus Wren Inca Dove
Rock Dove Hooded Oriole
White-winged Dove Northern Mockingbird
Morning Dove White-throated Swift
American Goldfinch House Finch
Northern Cardinal Gilded Flicker
Pyrrhuloxia Bendire’s Thrasher
Yellow-headed Blackbird Curved-bill ed Thrasher
Great horned owl Elf Owl
Little Brown Bat Purple Martin
Western Kingbird Red-naped sapsucker
Brown-headed Cowbird Black chinned Hummingbird
Bronzed Cowbird Costa’s Hummingbird
Cedar Waxwing Common Raven
Turkey Vulture Gila Woodpecker
Anna’s Hummingbird Magnificent Hummingbird
Broad-billed Hummingbird White crowned Sparrow
House Sparrow Chipping Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow MacGillivray’s Warbler
Lucy’s Warbler Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler Cooper’s Hawk
Common Nighthawk Red -tailed Hawk
Lesser Nighthawk Cooper’s Hawk
Black-tailed gnatcatcher Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Kestrel Lesser Goldfinch
June 12th, 2009 by tucsonbb
Mr. Roadrunner has created quite a stir at our Tucson Arizona Bed & Breakfast Inn. He flies through the wooden grill near our front gate into the enclosed courtyard and drinks from the fountain there. He then hunts for moths and bugs which have collected during the night, drawn by the inside lights. Guests love to watch him clean up the windowsill as they are eating breakfast in the dining area. Of course as soon as they go to get their cameras, he often scoots away.
He also likes to watch as outdoor work is being done, as if to supervise the task. He wants to know what is going on in “his” territory.
Arizona Roadrunners nest in the cactus and among scrubby Sonoran desert shrubs and bushes and seek refuge in higher areas if being chased or hunted. The bird doesn’t fly high like other birds but gets his name from racing across roads in front of cars, reaching a speed of 15 miles per hour. His speed also helps protect him from predators in the desert.
May 29th, 2009 by tucsonbb
What a sight! Yesterday afternoon we watched a cardinal land on our copper water fountain which was created to look like a yucca plant by Tucson Arizona artist Robert Dunklee of Falling Waters Fountains. The copper turns green after awhile with the added white of hard water calcification which makes the fountain look like the real yucca plant. All kinds of birds land there constantly to drink and bath in the metal flower cups. Of course, when I wanted to photograph the red bird, he wouldn’t cooperate, but I did get a shot of a Morning Dove sitting on top of the fountain flower cup. I can really appreciate the patience of wildlife photographers with their specialty lenses.
We were challenged some years ago by an in-ground spa which was never built for efficiency and which we wanted to get rid of. After attempts to make it into a flower garden with only mild success, we purchased this fountain which lent drama to the small patio and could be seen from the living room. We lined the spa with plastic and added stone and pottery so that it looked natural. In the winter when it occasionally drops to freezing, the water forms icicles which lends it another kind of beauty. Guests at our Sonoran desert accommodation often enjoy this feature.
May 4th, 2009 by tucsonbb
Over the years, we have been fortunate a few of our guests have been experienced wildlife photographers. Scott Robinson and his wife come every year in the spring for Southern Arizona bird watching, and this year he captured the stunning picture you see here of our mother sitting on her nest. I should have asked him at the time if he knew which type of hummingbird it is, but I didn’t think of it.