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    Default Day trip from Tucson

    Hi all, I'll be in Tucson this weekend for work and have the day off monday. Was thinking to rent a car and get out there and see some birds. Anybody have any tips for where to be and what to look for this time of year?

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    Hi brt, Tucson is in a terrific location for a quick day trip. Here's a list of local spots:

    Or you can go a little further afield. It's not far to the famous canyons for Mexican rarities or hire a guide for the day:

    Best, Andy

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    Madera Canyon. Fantastic place for common birds and rarities. Night birding for 5 (?) owls. In my opinion, now is the best time of year. Trogons just arriving. Everything in full song. Beautiful climate. Wish I was there.

    Mount Lemmon is also great. Olive Warbler. Red-faced Warbler. Huge diversity from the desert floor to 8000 feet, all in a short drive.

    A short drive from Madera Canyon, there's a pair of Great Horned Owls that nest at Green Valley Presbyterian Church. You can see them through a glass window at 2 inches distance. An amazing experience, even if you've seen lots before. They let anyone in to see them. I'm an atheist and they even let me in!
    Last edited by Sherpa; April 21st, 2010 at 10:54 AM.

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