Area Birding

Your Southern Arizona Birding Headquarters

Birding at Hacienda del Desierto: What do we offer?

  • Binoculars on loan
  • 6 hummingbird feeders throughout the property
  • Wild bird feeders throughout the property
  • Elf Owls nesting in a Saguaro outside the Galleria
  • Gardens with flowers that attract hummingbirds
  • Books on birding (available in common area of inn):
    • Mac’s Field Guide to southwest park & garden birds (plasticized chart)
    • Birds of Arizona: A guide to Unique Varieties
    • National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds
    • All the birds of North America

At Hacienda Del Desierto, we want to be your central location for bird watching throughout Southern Arizona. We have dozens of interesting species here year-round, as well as seasonal migration of warblers and other songbirds. Several major wildlife preserves are nearby, providing opportunities for multiple day-trips with us as your home base.

Birding at Ramsey Canyon

Ramsey Canyon and the the Upper San Pedro River Basin in southeastern Arizona are widely acclaimed for their ecological diversity and the beauty of the landscape. A visitor to Ramsey Canyon may observe up to 14 species of hummingbirds in the summer months. Ramsey Canyon is home to many winter birds, including dark-eyed and yellow-eyed juncos, woodpeckers, nuthatches, sapsuckers, siskins, and others. The spring brings nesting golden eagles, screech owls, and migrating song birds. Summer is a fine time to see young eagles and owls. Ramsey Canyon is a 75 minute drive from Hacienda Del Desierto.

Birdwatching at Madera Canyon

Madera Canyon is part of the “Sky Islands,” the unique ecosystems in the Santa Rita Mountains which tower above the Sonoran Desert in Southeastern Arizona, just a 45 minute drive from our bed and breakfast. More than 200 species of birds have been spotted in Madera Canyon, including 15 species of hummingbirds. Unique species you may be lucky enough to see include the elegant trogon, elf owl, sulphur-bellied flycatcher, and painted redstart.

Bird Watching at the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

Just a 40 minute drive away from our inn, the Patagonia Preserve is one of Southern Arizona’s only year-round wetlands and floodplains. As one of Arizona’s last willow and cottonwood forest, the Patagonia-Sonoita Preserve is a crucial nesting ground to 80 different species of birds. You may see grey hawks, vermillion flycatchers, phainopepla, green-tailed towhees and violet-crowned hummingbirds.

Chiricahua National Monument

The largest of Southern Arizona’s “Sky Islands,” the Chiricahua Mountains are home to plants and animals found nowhere else in the U.S. In addition to hawks and hummingbirds, you may spot Hepatic Tanager, Juniper and Bridled titmice, Grace’s Warbler and Strickland’s Woodpecker. The Chiricahuas are only a two-hour drive away.

Birds of the San Pedro Riparian Area

Ninety minutes away, the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (NCA) contains over 58,000 acres of public land near the border with Mexico. The San Pedro River runs through the Chihuahuan Desert and the Sonoran Desert in southeastern Arizona. The river’s stretch is home to 84 species of mammals, 14 species of fish, 41 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 100 species of breeding birds. It also provides valuable habitat for 250 species of migrating and wintering birds.

While we highly recommend a trip to one of our area nature preserves, you don’t have to venture far to add a few bird species to your life list. Here are some we’ve spotted right here at the inn: Gambel Quail, White-winged Dove, Morning Dove, Inca Dove, Rock Dove, Great Roadrunner, Elf Owl, Great Horned Owl, Cooper’s Hawk, Common Nighthawk, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Lesser Nighthawk, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa’s Hummingbird, Magnificent Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern (Gilded) Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Gila Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Verdin Cactus Wren, Bendire’s Thrasher, Curved Bill Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla Wilson’s Warbler, Lucy’s Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, Pyrrhuloxia Northern Cardinal, Abert’s Towhee, Canyon Towhee, Green-tailed Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, White Crowned Sparrow, House Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Hooded Oriole, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brownheaded Cowbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Lesser Goldfinch, House Finch, Says-Phoebe, Little brown bat.

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