Birder's Guide

MAR 2014

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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27 March 2014 | Birder's Guide to Travel Phoenix, Arizona magillweber@gmail.com Magill Weber prawling, urbanized Phoenix, Arizona has always lived in the shadow of pop- ular birding destinations to the south. Aesthetically, there is no comparison to the iconic canyons of southeastern Arizona, but as more birders visit, Maricopa County is getting some good word of mouth. Birding in Phoenix can be exciting—with the possibility of Mexican rarities, eastern vagrants, and (around water recharge facilities) even coastal species. Phoenix and its suburbs lie at the center of Maricopa County, which boasts a list of more than 450 species and counting. The Phoenix area also offers reliable spots for Le Conte's Thrasher, Gray Vireo, the recently split Bell's and Sagebrush sparrows, and the now-ABA-countable introduced Rosy-faced Lovebird. If you're passing through the Phoenix area, consider a visit to the following birding sites. S prawling, urbanized Phoenix, Arizona has always lived in the shadow of pop- ular birding destinations to the south. Aesthetically, there is no comparison to the iconic canyons of southeastern Arizona, but as more birders visit, Maricopa County is getting some good word of mouth. Birding in Phoenix can be exciting—with the possibility of Mexican rarities, eastern vagrants, and (around water recharge facilities) even coastal species. Phoenix and its suburbs lie at the center of Maricopa County, which boasts a list of more than 450 species and counting. The Phoenix area also offers reliable spots for Le Conte's Thrasher, Gray Vireo, the recently split Bell's and Sagebrush sparrows, and the now-ABA-countable introduced Rosy-faced Lovebird. If you're passing through the Phoenix area, consider a visit to the following birding sites. S 6-Arizona2.indd 27 3/4/14 1:06 PM

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