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2023 Arizona – Summer Birding in Southeast Arizona – Extension
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
During the course of our full 12-day tour that immediately precedes this extension, we often hear about rare birds that we simply do not have time to pursue. This five-day post-tour extension is designed to do just that, go after the rarities. Next in line after the rarities are any unusual species that we missed on the 12-day tour. We may have had trouble with Montezuma Quail, Green Kingfisher, or one of the more elusive warblers or sparrows.
Finally, there are some species that are just a bit outside of the normal geographic area that we cover in the 12-day tour. Species such as LeConte’s Thrasher, Ruddy Ground-Dove, and Common Black-Hawk come to mind. If all else fails, we can always bird some really good areas (there are many), and find our own interesting Southeast Arizona birds.
There is a $150 discount if you register for both the 12-day tour and this extension.
We will take a maximum of seven participants. On rare occasion we may extend the maximum to ten participants. You may take this 5-day tour alone, or in conjunction with the full 12-day tour.
Duration: 5 days
Group Size Limit: 4 – 8
Date: 25 July – 29 July 2023
Start: Tucson, AZ
End: Tucson, AZ
US$1820 per person sharing assuming 4 – 8 participants
Single supplement: US$310
We can run the same trip at a price similar to the larger group price for 2 tour participants, if they rent their own vehicle and pay for fuel – please e-mail [email protected] for details.
- Guiding fees
- Entrance fees
- All transport while on tour
- Domestic and International flights
- Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts
- Alcoholic drinks
- Personal insurance
- Laundry Service
Day 1 - 5
During the course of our full 12-day tour that immediately precedes this one, we often hear about rare birds that we simply do not have time to pursue. This five-day post-tour extension is designed to do just that, go after any additional rarities. Also on the agenda are any unusual species that we may have missed on the 12-day tour.
We may have had trouble with Montezuma Quail, Green Kingfisher, or one of the more elusive warblers or sparrows. And finally, there are some species that are just a bit outside of the normal geographic area that the 12-day tour covers. Species such as LeConte’s Thrasher, Ruddy Ground-Dove, and Common Black-Hawk come to mind.
If all else fails, we can always bird some really good areas (there are many), and find our own unusual Southeast Arizona birds (they are there to be found)!
You may participate in the 5-day extension with the regular 12-day tour, or take either tour separately. Simply tell us your preference: 5 days, 12 days, or the full 17 days.
We will need to decide in advance where we will stay so that we are assured lodging reservations. Our best guess is two nights at each of two locations. We can discuss what birds we should try to see based on everyone’s wish list. Some are relatively obvious, such as a Yellow Grosbeak or Fan-tailed Warbler; if one of these or a similarly rare species is being seen within driving range, then away we go! It is not the best time to search for Flammulated Owl, but we have located this elusive nocturnal species twice in late July. Wherever we go, wherever our search takes us, we’ll have an excellent time!
Overnight: To be determined
Will we do any birding the first day?
YES! – This tour will depart Tucson at noon. One of our first targets is only a few minutes from from the airport.
Most participants choose to arrive in Tucson one day prior to the beginning of the tour. This helps to eliminate any possible conflict with a delayed or cancelled flight. This night is not included in the tour fee. Please consult about the full details of this arrangement when you begin the tour registration process.
How should I dress for the tour?
Check the weather for the destination as close to your departure date as possible, and dress accordingly for your comfort level. You can also review our What to Bring page for more information.
Besides clothes, what do I need to bring?
There are many items the will be useful to you while on a Bird Treks tour. We have put together our list of recommendations on the What to Bring page.
What language are tours conducted in?
Our tours are all conducted in English, but we do have some experience working with client that don’t speak English well – Some English would be needed for safety reasons. In locations where another language is predominately spoken, a native guide may accompany the tour.
Can you help me book flights?
Yes, we will always try our best to help with anything at all! We’re here to serve you. However, it is usually easier if you book your flight through your own travel agent as we can’t always get the best deals from your particular country. But we will help whenever needed!
Can you book accommodation for us the night before the tour starts or the night the tour ends?
While Day 1 is usually a travel (arrival) day, and the last day of the tour is usually also a travel day (departure), many people do like to arrive early and/or leave late. We can indeed book extra nights before and after the trip, and we in fact recommend you let us book them, as it avoids confusion and allows us to book the accommodation that is most convenient for the tour.
NOTE: Most often it is the same hotel or lodge that you use on the first night of the tour, but in some instances, it could be an airport hotel or an accommodation establishment where the guide is staying.
Do you provide trip insurance?
No, we do not. We find that it is better for trip participants to purchase their own medical, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance through their own insurance provider in the country they reside in. We expect all tour participants to have comprehensive insurance, and we encourage everyone to send us a copy of their insurance documents.
Are meals included?
For most tours, meals are included in the tour price. This may include a hotel-provided breakfast, or guide-provided box lunches. For dinners, we strive to find interesting and delicious local restaurants – this allows us to give back to the local economy, and find exciting new place to eat.
Can I take the Extension Tour without doing the main tour?