Thursday, October 27, 2011

Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona

Do you have the brand new edition of Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona?  If you plan on visiting Arizona anytime soon, you should!  I began birding more seriously in 2007, the same year I bought the 7th edition pictured below (center).  I've used and abused it so much, the cover recently came off!  Don't worry, the cover of the new edition looks very thick and durable in comparison.  And it was printed locally on recycled paper using 100% new wind energy, very cool.   
8th edition (2011), 7th edition (2007), and 4th edition (1995)
This book was first published by the Tucson Audubon Society in 1979.  My dad always referred to it as his Davis and Russell guide, the original coauthors.  It led us on many birding adventures.

The new edition contains directions and birding information to over 150 birding locations, including 15 new ones.  My favorite features, the annotated list of species and the seasonal bar graphs, have also been updated.  They reveal the status, distribution, abundance, and habitat preferences to the 514 species recorded in the region.

The bar graphs have definitely helped me become a better birder.  One example of this occurred earlier this month.  I knew that if I was lucky, I might find a rare Clay-colored Sparrow with other Spizella sparrows in late summer/early fall.  After a month of searching my neighborhood patch, I found one in a flock of Chipping Sparrows!  If I hadn't known what to look for, I might have overlooked it.

This book is a must-have if you live in Arizona or plan on birding here soon.  Get your copy from Tucson Audubon's online nature shop.

Special thanks to the Tucson Audubon Society for providing me with a review copy of their awesome book!


  1. Oh man! I gotta get myself back to your neck of the woods now that I have a few more years of birding experience under my belt.

  2. Remember to come out to Greenlee County! Clifton, Duncan, Gila Box and surrounding areas are waiting to be taken more seriously by the birding community. Sadly we were not included in the new Audubon book! Check us out at

  3. @BriggsBlog- I'll have to check out the birding over there. Thanks!