Southeastern Arizona Birding Tour

Dates: August 6-16, 2019
Tour Fee: $4,975 single/$4,340 double
Leaders: Steve Shunk plus add'l local guide
Questions: Contact Paradise Birding owner Steve Shunk
How to Register: Click the button below to view and download the tour itinerary and registration form.



Arizona in August?! You bet! For the magic of the monsoon season, we invite you to the “sky islands” of Southeastern Arizona, which peer down upon the Sonoran Desert floor with an air of majesty and wonder. From the saguaro forests below to the pine forests above, the birding in and around these desert oases is nothing short of awesome. 
Join us for our summer vacation in the desert southwest, as we experience some of the best birding on the continent. Our August itinerary places us in Southeast Arizona at the peak of monsoon season, when daily thundershowers fuel new growth in this parched environment, and breeding birds from Mexico’s Sierra Madre drift northward to feast among the “second spring” bloom. The highlight of the season is the abundance of hummingbirds—hundreds of individuals of up to 13 species—that dart between feeding stations and native blossoms throughout the region. But the hummers are only the beginning. After one experience in the Arizona monsoon, you will understand why we return again and again to the hot desert sun.

-Your host and guide, Stephen Shunk


Thank you for a very special week of birding in southeastern Arizona. We had a great time and saw lots of birds. We appreciate all you did to make it memorable and we hope to see you on another trip.
— Bill & Diane Laws, Brunswick GA
What a fantastic trip when I actually have problems figuring out a trip bird! Could it be the iconic Montezuma Quail that enabled us to use some descriptive expletives. Perhaps it was the Plain-capped Starthroat that we had the satisfaction of adding to our ABA area trip list. Yet, the Elegant Trogons really put on a show for us as they danced around in the forest. Maybe a trip bird is one that you see everyday and never get tired of - for me that would be the Broad-billed Hummingbird.
— Carolyn Wilcox, Washington