The best of Arizona bird watching:
If you can tell a great kiskadee from a crissal thrasher, then you belong in southern Arizona, one of the best birding regions in North America. It is here that dozens of bird species reach the northern limits of their ranges, and due to the scarcity of water, these birds are often easily located-just park yourself by a body of water and wait for the birds to come to you. OK, so maybe it isn't quite that easy, but where else can you sit on a bench and spot a dozen species of hummingbirds in an afternoon? Nowhere else in this country, that's for sure.
For a birder's dream tour, start in Tucson and head south to Madera Canyon, in the Santa Rita Mountains. With its creek and variety of habitats from grasslands to pine forest, Madera Canyon attracts a wide variety of bird life. From here continue south and then west to Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, where you'll find wetlands that are an avian magnet and one of the most reliable places in the country to sight gray hawks. Buenos Aires is also known for its masked bobwhite quails, which were reintroduced in the U.S. here at this refuge.