Difficulty: Moderate (Some walking on mild slopes, and possibly rocky/uneven surfaces. Drive time to location approximately one hour on mostly paved roads)

Some of the most well-known birding locations in Southeast Arizona, and the United States, occur in the riparian area that runs along the Sonoita Creek and around the small mining town of Patagonia. We’ll start at Patagonia Lake SP and look for waterbirds and riparian stalwarts like Gray Hawk and Summer Tanagers. After the lake we’ll check out hotspots around town before having lunch at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds courtesy of local favorite, Gathering Grounds, while we look for the star of the trip, the Violet-crowned Hummingbird. Limited to 8 participants.

Violet-crowned Hummingbird by Lois Manowitz