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Tucson is a top birdwatching destination

Posted on May 9, 2013

Warblers, flycatchers, pewees, trogons – not exactly words you find in the typical glossy brochure. But to devoted birders, they’re irresistible.

The region’s many birding groups – including the Tucson Audubon Society and the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory – divide the year into five seasons, each with different species to scout. We’re now deep into spring, when songbirds stop in on their flights north; the hummingbirds are back; and owling is in full swing. The next big season for birding begins in August, as monsoon rains transform the Sonoran Desert almost overnight, making it irresistible to winged visitors (and to photographers).

But, really, anytime is a good time for birdwatching in Tucson. More than 400 species regularly visit throughout the year, making Southern Arizona one of the most rewarding North American birding destinations. This link shows you some of the bird species that call Tucson home.

Some feathered families have even taken up residence in Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, nestled as we are on 80 quiet acres in the Catalina Mountain foothills. Come for a visit, and you’ll see that not only are we within a short drive of several birdwatching areas (as well as renowned parks including Tohono Chul), but our Sonoran Spa is the perfect place to put down the binoculars and recover. You may even meet some of our long-term residents!