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WINGS Birding Tours – Photo Gallery

Arizona and Utah

Fall Migration in the Canyonlands

We’ll begin in the low desert east of Phoenix… (bta) …at Boyce Thompson Arboretum with it’s wonderful collection of desert plants… (bta) …and a series of birds we may not see again perhaps including the charming Black-tailed Gnatcatcher… (wr) …the noisy Gila Woodpecker… (wr) …and the elegant Phainopepla. (wr) On our way to the Grand Canyon, we may stop at several little bits of vegetation and water… …that offer respite for migrant birds such as these Brewer’s Sparrows… (wr) …or this Townsend’s Warbler.  (wr) Our journey takes us past the Vermilion Cliffs… …where we’ll look for the re-introduced and magnificent California Condor. (azgfd) …to our lodge perched on the north rim of the Grand Canyon… …which looks spectacular at sunrise. Birds might include Western Tanager … …and Cedar Waxwing. Southwest Utah is spectacular: Cedar Breaks National Monument… …the view from along the rim at Bryce Canyon… … and the cliffs of Zion. Traveling between our birding areas can be wonderfully scenic, too… …with stops for birds such as American Dipper… … and Say’s Phoebe. On our way into Navajo land, we’ll visit stunning Antelope Canyon… …and take a late afternoon drive through Monument Valley. A Utah Prarie Dog sentinel keeps an eye out as we pass. Over 40 Navajo families still farm Canyon de Chelly’s valley bottom. We’ll end our tour in Arizona’s White Mountains, where the grasses around lakes… … hold many Meadowlarks … … and accompanying Horned Larks. We’ll look for Gray Jays… … and maybe see a tarantula somewhere along the way.