Madera Canyon Field Trip

Red-faced Warbler. Photo courtesy of Bob Starks and Tucson Audubon Society

THIS FIELD TRIP, both options -April 10 and April 15, IS FULLY BOOKED

Tuesday, April 10
Sunday, April 15

Start and end time:
6 am – 3 pm


Maximum participants:

Provided box breakfast and lunch

Trip Leader(s):
Jeff Babson
Melody Kehl

Painted Redstart. Photo courtesy of Frank Retes and Tucson Audubon Society

Trip Description:
This popular canyon south of Tucson is one of the highlights of any first-time trip to Southeast Arizona. We will start birding in the grassland habitat along White House Canyon Road for singing sparrows first thing in the morning. The next stop will be the trails around Proctor Road which are good for migrants and often have a pair of Black-capped Gnatcatchers. Further up the road in the mid-elevation oak-juniper habitat, we will look for desirable southeast Arizona species like Arizona Woodpecker, Painted Redstart, and Dusky-capped Flycatcher. At the top we will take a short, but steeper trail, to try for Elegant Trogon. After this we’ll spend some time investigating the hummingbird feeders that make Madera one of the most famous birding spots in the country.

Likely species:
Rivoli’s Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Arizona Woodpecker, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Cassin’s Kingbird, Bell’s Vireo, Hutton’s Vireo, Mexican Jay, Bridled Titmouse, Lucy’s Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Black-throated Sparrow, Painted Redstart, Canyon Towhee, Hepatic Tanager, Hooded Oriole. Other possible species: Elegant Trogon and Black-capped Gnatcatcher.

Recommended Gear and Cautions:
Intermediate level. Will involve walking on some steeper slopes and rocky/rooted trails. Bring a water bottle and hat, wear sunscreen, and shoes/boots that are appropriate for hiking trails. 1-2 miles walking.

Additional Information:
Madera Canyon, Coronado National Forest


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Black-capped gnatcatcher. Photo courtesy of Jim Burns and Tucson Audubon Society

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