Scott's Oriole by Mick Thompson

Difficulty: Moderate (mostly flat walking trails on some uneven and rocky terrain, includes some driving on rocky road)

This beautiful and scenic loop that starts near Madera Canyon and crosses the northern part of the Santa Rita Mountains offers fantastic birding during the monsoon season. The road goes along rugged Box Canyon where at least one pair of Five-striped Sparrows has been seen the past few years. Varied Buntings, Hooded and Scott’s Orioles, Canyon and Cactus Wrens, Pyrrhuloxia, and more will be singing their hearts out as you make various stops along the drive. The loop comes out just north of the ranching community of Sonoita. Limited to 9 participants.

Scott’s Oriole by Mick Thompson