Getting on/off van; driving approx. 40 miles roundtrip; about 2.5 hours total, with stops. Walking approx. 1.5 miles total; about 2 hours on our feet; mostly level terrain.
At the lodge, we’ll have a tasty home-cooked plated breakfast, with milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Our adventure will begin with a walk with our Group Leader and instructor, both birding experts, along Main Street from the lodge to some of the many bird and hummingbird feeders in the area. At each location, we’ll enjoy private small group visits. Fourteen species of hummingbirds are regularly seen in the area including Berylline, Violet-crowned, Lucifer, Broad-billed, White-eared, Blue-throated, Magnificent, Plain-capped Starthroat, Black-chinned, Costa’s, Anna’s, Broad-tailed, Calliope, and Rufous. There has also been a Great Horned Owl nesting by the Portal Library for years; perhaps we’ll be lucky enough to get a look! We’ll then return to the lodge.
At the lodge, we’ll enjoy plated lunches served hot, plus soft drinks, milk, coffee, tea, water.
Resuming our birding adventure, we’ll make our way aboard the van down Portal-Paradise Road, which starts out in a dry chaparral area just north of Portal, AZ. About 2 miles up the road, we’ll notice a change in habitat from chaparral to oak-juniper and, as we go, we’ll keep our eyes out for mid-elevation bird species such as the Elegant Trogon that nests in this area. Visitors from around the world travel to the Chiricahuas and Cave Creek Canyon to view the magnificent Elegant Trogon bird in its surroundings. This area is home to 330 species of birds which include 14 species of hummingbirds and 10 species of owls. Our expert Group Leaders will provide informative commentary along the way. We’ll then return to the lodge.
Lodge plated meal.
After reviewing the birding lists together, the remainder of the evening will be at leisure.