Arizona 2013: New Years at Ramsey Canyon Inn

December 28, 2013
Tour Length: 6 days Est. Spaces Left: 6

Join us at charming Ramsey Canyon Inn, Southeastern Arizona, for excellent winter birding and great food in our mild climate.


Start Date:
December 28, 2013
End Date:
January 02, 2014
Tour Length:
6 days
Future Departures:
December 28, 2014
Max # Birders:
12 (+2 leaders)
Birds; Photography;
Easy ; one optional, moderate to difficult canyon hike for Spotted Owl
Tour Leaders:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Double Accommodation:
$ 1450
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 350
$350.00 [per person]

Southeastern Arizona is truly a birder’s paradise. The tremendous variety of habitat types and the geographic proximity to Mexico provide for a phenomenal diversity of avian species.

Most of the neotropical species go south, but many other species move in to winter here, and a number of resident species are easy to find. Hawks, eagles, falcons, sparrows and other resident birds will be our focus for this long weekend.

Highlights include: Patagonia and the San Raphael Valley for hummingbirds and possible Black-capped Gnatcatcher; wintering raptors and cranes in the Sulphur Springs Valley; a visit to the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area: one of the Nature Conservancy’s 12 “Last Great Places on Earth;” high-elevation species in the Huachuca Mountains; and the old mining town of Bisbee, now thriving as an artists’ colony.

Mexican Spotted Owl   Scheelite Canyon, Arizona  Photo: Marianne Phillips


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    Trip Itinerary
    • DAY 1


      Day One: We’ll provide a Tucson Airport pickup at 4:00 PM for those arriving by air. Others should arrive at Ramsey Canyon Inn by 5:30 PM. Dinner together at 6:30 PM in Sierra Vista.

    • DAY 2

      Breakfast at 7:00 AM. Depart at 8:15 AM. We drive West today through Coronado National Monument and San Raphael Valley. We’ll stop in Patagonia to see if any hummers are at the Paton’s feeders, then go to Kino Springs and, finally, Patagonia Lake where we hope to find the pair of Black-capped Gnatcatchers that have been breeding there. Dinner in Sierra Vista

    • DAY 3

      Breakfast at 7:00 AM. Depart at 8:15 AM. We’ll spend the day in Sulphur Springs Valley in search of Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles, Bendire’s Thrasher, Mountain Plover, Sprague’s Pipit, Sage Sparrow, and Sandhill Cranes. Dinner in Bisbee, a quaint artist’s colony.

    • DAY 4

      Breakfast at 7:30 AM. Depart at 8:15 AM. We’ll spend the early morning at the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area — the first designated Globally Important Bird Area and one of the Nature Conservancies 12 “Last Great Places on Earth” San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area–where we hope to see the elusive Green Kingfisher. Later, we’ll drive to Fort Huachuca and Garden Canyon. We’ll visit Scheelite Canyon for Mexican Spotted Owl, and Sawmill Canyon for high elevation species, e.g., Yellow-eyed Junco. Dinner at 7:00 PM at Cafe Roka in Bisbee.

    • DAY 5

      Greet the New Year with a full breakfast at 8:00 AM at Ramsey Canyon Inn. We’ll spend the morning exploring Ramsey Canyon Preserve. In the afternoon, we’ll follow any rare bird reports and go wherever there’s something interesting to see. Catered dinner by our favorite gourmet chef at 6:30 at the Inn.

    • DAY 6


      Tour ends after breakfast. We’ll return you to Tucson Airport by about 9:30 AM.

  • Meeting Location

    Tucson Airport at 4:30 PM.


    The world-famous Ramsey Canyon Inn.


    From Tucson Airport, includes five nights lodging,
    all meals, transportation, entry fees, guides, taxes,


    Alcohol, phone calls, laundry,
    other personal expenses.

  • Top Birds

    Ferruginous Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Mexican Spotted Owl, ; Merlin; Prairie Falcon; Golden Eagle; Green Kingfisher; Blue-throated Hummingbird; Sage, Bendire’s & Crissal Thrashers; Mountain Plover;  Painted Redstart; Pyrrhuloxia; Phainopepla;  Lark Bunting; Chestnut-collared & McCown’s Longspurs; Yellow-eyed Junco

    Top Mammals

    Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Coatimundi, Ring-tailed Cat

    Habitats Covered

    Mountains, canyons & high desert

    Expected Climate

    Mild and usually dry with temps ranging 40 – 70 degrees fahrenheit.

  • Other Attractions

    Desert scenery, mountain views, gourmet food.

    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    Recommended Reading
    • The Sibley Guide to Birds

      David A. Sibley (2000)
    • Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 6th Edition

      Jon Dunn, et al. (2011)
      National Geographic Society
    • A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors

      Brian Wheeler & William Clark
    • A Guide to the Identification and Natural History of the Sparrow of the United States & Canada

      James Rising & David Beadle
    • Birds of North America

      Ken Kaufman




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