Difficulty: Moderate (Some walking on mild slopes, but still on excellent surfaces. Drive time to location approximately 50 minutes)

While not a real striking bird, Bendire’s Thrasher is sought after by birders because of its limited range which happens to be right here in Southeast Arizona. We don’t always get this on our festival lists though because of its preference for open desert scrub habitat and our preference for cooler canyons. They can also be tough to find this time of year, but we’ll set out today to the Avra Valley west of Tucson to see if we can pick one up for our life lists (and the festival list!). Limited to 9 participants.

Bendire’s Thrasher by Jim Burns