PRO Series: Species Focus on Five-striped Sparrow
Registration: $50/member, $100/non-member.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate. We will be hiking around 1.5-2 miles along a road with some excess heat possible given the time of year.
On this Pro Series outing we will focus on the fascinating Five-striped Sparrow in its preferred thornscrub habitat in the far southern reaches of the state. Your guide will discuss the variables that lend to the very local distribution of this species in Arizona, including a basic break-down the plant life along with elements such as elevation and topography so you will understand where to find them both in Montosa Canyon and in new areas!
We will meet at the Whipple Picnic Area parking lot here: 31.674375, -110.949658. Carpooling can be arranged from Tucson if participants agree. Limited to 12 participants.
About the Series: Introducing the Pro Series field trips and workshops presented by Arizona Birding Tours and Tucson Audubon Society. Take your birding to the next level with help from professional guides at Arizona Birding Tours. Each month we’ll explore advanced birding topics ranging from classic identification challenges to the art of birding by ear and so much more. Join us and discover new aspects of birding that will enhance your experience and expand your birding repertoire.
About the Leader: Caleb was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona where he began birding at a very young age. At 17 years-old, Caleb was leading bird walks, field expeditions, and bird identification workshops for multiple statewide and local organizations. Birding has taken Caleb across much of the United States and to northern Mexico. In recent years, he explored the Midwest as a traveling field ornithologist before settling back down in Arizona where he is a professional birding guide with Arizona Birding Tours. In addition to his love of exploration, Caleb enjoys watching the look of amazement on the faces of his clients as they observe the beauty of the diverse wildlife and landscapes of Arizona and the Southwest. From watching California Condors soaring over the cliffs of the Grand Canyon to observing a pair of Elegant Trogons visiting their nesting cavity in a sycamore in the sky Islands of southeast Arizona, Caleb truly loves his home state of Arizona!
Caleb is an eBird Regional Reviewer for Maricopa, Yavapai, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Navajo, and Apache Cos. in Arizona, a current member of the Arizona Bird Committee, co-author on multiple papers regarding bird distribution and status, and serves on the Arizona Field Ornithologists Expeditions committee, leading trips into under-birded areas across the state.
Header Image: Five-striped Sparrow by Lois Manowitz