Enjoy bird watching and nature complete with palm trees, a pond that is home to frogs and water fowl, and a mysterious river that rises from the depths of the desert sand. Then we will take you into Wickenburg, and buy you lunch at the Cowboy Café.
What to Expect
Just northwest of Phoenix, Arizona is a Desert Oasis: The Hassayampa River Preserve has been a nature lover's and birder's paradise since being purchased by The Nature Conservancy in 1986. Birders have spotted over 280 species of birds. The marshy pond habitat attracts an impressive array of water birds such as the great blue heron, green heron, and pied-billed grebe. Some of Arizona's rarest raptors perch atop the massive trees and dead snags along the river, like the zone-tailed hawk, common black-hawk, and the more common Harris’s and Cooper’s hawks. Lucky birders may sight a red-shouldered hawk or the elusive Yellow-Billed Cuckoo. The large willows and cottonwoods around the pond provide important nesting habitat for the willow flycatcher and brief stop-over habitat for migrating warblers, vireos, tanagers, grosbeaks, and orioles. Other birds include Gambel’s Quail, red-tailed hawk, Gila and ladder-backed woodpeckers, black phoebe, cactus wren, curve-billed thrasher, phainopepla, brown-crested flycatcher, Lucy’s and yellow warblers, and Yellow-Breasted Chat. During the spring and summer, feeders and flowering plants in front of the visitor center regularly attract Anna’s, Black-Chinned, and Costa’s Hummingbirds. You may also see mule deer, javelina, Clark’s spiny lizard, ornate tree lizard, Gilbert’s skunk, ring-necked snake, or even a western diamond-backed rattlesnake. This tour is definitely for Birders & Nature Lovers. We will give you several hours to view & photo the wonderful birds and wildlife at the 730 Acre Preserve. Then we will take you into Wickenburg, buy you lunch at the Cowboy Café, and after lunch show you around this Vintage Western Town (including the Jail Tree & Wishing Well). Tour length is 7 to 8 hours & does not run on Monday or Tuesday. This is A “real tweet” for bird lovers and nature lovers alike.