Maricopa Audubon Society Birds in Maricopa County

Maricopa Audubon Society Field Trips

Useful Field Trip Information

Car Pooling: Please make every effort to organize your own carpool; consolidate vehicles at meeting places and/or contact leaders for car pooling assistance. Be courteous to your driver and help cover their driving expenses. We recommend that passengers reimburse drivers 20 cents per mile.

Limit: Maximum number of participants per field trip. Please call early to make your reservations.

Difficulty Levels 1 through 5: We use a difficulty scale. 1 equals very low level of exertion, short walking distance, considerable birding from vehicle and possible multiple birding stops. 5 equals very high level of difficulty with respect to exertion. Longer hiking distances are expected with possible steep trails. All trips are level 1 unless noted otherwise.

Audubon Society Field Trips

Day Passes Required for National Forests. Many favorite spots in our National Forests now require Day Use Passes. You are responsible to acquire a day pass ($6) in advance of field trips with an asterisk (*). Passes are available by phone or mail, at FS district and ranger offices, Big 5, some Circle K’s, the Shell station at Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Road and elsewhere. Visit for more information.

Facebook Page: MAS member, Michael Plagens, has organized a Facebook page to share information about upcoming field trips and to organize your own trips. Please visit and "like" this page to get announcement sent to your email.


  • Be courteous to the trip leader and help cover their gas costs.
  • Wear neutral colored clothing and sturdy walking shoes.
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, head protection and water.
  • Always bring your binoculars. Bring a scope if recommended.
  • Be quiet so others can bird by ear.
  • Unless stated otherwise, reservations are required.
  • Avoid wearing bright colors.

Saturday, April 29
Sunflower-Mt. Ord
Among the species we should see are Gray Vireo, Scott’s Oriole, Black and Zone-tailed Hawks, and Black-chinned Sparrow. On Mt. Ord, look for the Arizona warblers as well as migrating Hermit and Townsend’s Warblers. Bring lunch.  Difficulty 2-3. Limit 8.
Leader: Charles Babbitt, 602 840-1772,

Saturday, May 13
Tempe Town Lake

Do you enjoy walking around Tempe Town Lake, yet are not sure of what birds you are seeing?  Join Bobbe Taber on a bird watching trip at the far East side of Tempe Town Lake each 2nd Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Designed for up to 8 adults each month, the trip will explore the far east side of the lake where a variety of ducks, herons, and cormorants are often seen, with a likely chance of spotting Osprey, Bald Eagle, Brown Pelican, Great Egret, Snowy Egret and a variety of waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds.  Each month the bird sightings will change as we progress through spring migration into summer.
Meet at 8:00 am at the northwest corner of the parking lot of Tempe Marketplace next to the southeast end of the McClintock bridge over the Lake.  The street address is 11 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281.   Plan to walk slowly for 2 hours mostly along a paved or gravel trail. Participants should have good mobility and balance.  Bring water, sunscreen, and binoculars and a bird book if you have them.  Trip limit is 8 adults. Difficulty 1-2.
Leader: Bobbe Taber, contact for reservations.

Saturday, May 20
Pinal Mountain 
The Pinal Mountain area could yield more than 100 species in a day of birding.  The last of the spring passage migrants and almost all the nesting species will be active. Cover four main habitats up the slope, each one with its own community of birds. Summer Tanager, Lucy's Warbler and Vermilion Flycatcher will be in the mesquite (3500’); Scott's Oriole, Gray Vireo, and Black-chinned Sparrow will be in the chaparral; Virginia's Warbler, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, and Hepatic Tanager will be in the Ponderosa Pines; and Mountain Chickadee, Olive Warbler, and Yellow-eyed Junco are found in the Douglas Fir-Aspen near the peak (7890’). Sunrise is at 5:25 am, and the temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees cooler at the top than in Phoenix. Bring water and lunch. This trip includes two or three short walks into the mesquite and Ponderosa Pine habitats, but they are level and easy trails. Bring a walking stick if you feel more comfortable using one. Most birding, however, will be from the road and near the cars. You will receive a checklist for the area two weeks before the trip. Leave Tempe at 4:00 am. The drive to Globe will take about one hour and 20 minutes. Return about 3:00 pm. Limit 11 with three drivers in three cars.
Leader:  Dave Pearson. For reservations, contact Larry Langstaff, or text 480 710-0431

Monday-Wednesday, May 22-24
A perfect time to catch the rainbow of summer birds in southeast Arizona, including a variety of migrating and nesting flycatchers, warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, and orioles, as well as Gray and Black Hawks. If the trip fills early and folks are willing, we’ll stay at the Duquesne House B&B, a lovely retreat in town with a fabulous backyard for attracting birds to its feeders (with a special rate for mid-week, although we’ll have to plan potluck breakfasts to give us maximum flexibility for early morning birding). Birding locations will likely include Sweetwater Wetlands, Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, the famous Roadside Rest, Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, The Paton Center for Hummingbirds, and the Harshaw Loop. Back about 5:00 pm in Phoenix. Limit 8.
Leader: Kathe Anderson,

Monday, June 5
Verde River and Rio Verde Ranch
Start about 5:15 am in Fountain Hills and explore a few sites along the Verde River, ending at Box Bar Ranch for an early packed lunch. In addition to desert birds, hope to see the influx of summer visitors along the river, including Yellow Warblers, Bell’s Vireos, Summer Tanagers, and Blue Grosbeaks. Finish by noon in Fountain Hills. Limit 8. 
Leader: Kathe Anderson,





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