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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
T Blows Flagstaff Weekend English
As a long term resident of Flagstaff I am well acquainted with the area and its wildlife. I am always happy to help those wanting to see birds in the area.


  J Day Green Valley, Arizona & Plovdiv, Black Sea June - September, Black Sea English, Spanish, Bulgarian, Latin
  I am Jim Day, and I've been birding for 35 years. These days I split my year into three locations: The Bulgarian Black Sea, the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and Green Valley, Arizona.

I've welcomed a number of BirdingPal visitors over the past several years, from many parts of the world, and it's always fun.

I also make a major birding trip yearly. Last year it was Madagascar, Namibia and Botswana, the prior year South Africa, and in each of the three years before that I birded in Colombia. This year I'm considering Australia. I started birding during my years in Texas.

Most of my Pals have found me at the Bulgarian Black Sea. I am based in Ravda, between Bourgas and Sunny Beach, and am usually in residence there from early June through most of September.

A few of the many birds we usually turn up include Black-headed Bunting, Dalmatian Pelican, Collared Pratincole, Slender-billed Gull, Bee-eater, and Pygmy Cormorant.

During fall migration starting about August 15, we get tens of thousands of White Stork, White Pelican, and a spectacular variety of raptors. One of the most popular local sites is Lake Atanasovsko, on the north side of Bourgas.

I'd also be happy to welcome Pals in Plovdiv and in Arizona.
The Bulgarian Black Sea, the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and Green Valley, Arizona.

Area Birds:

Nature: birdwatching,


  D Edmonds Patagonia, AZ and Westminster, CO Anytime English
  I am sometimes available to go into the field with birders, but am open to requests and will accommodate whenever possible.

I am more familiar with birding spots in Colorado, including Southern/Southeastern areas.
I live part of the year in Westminster (North Denver suburb), Colorado, and part in Patagonia, Arizona.

Area Birds:

Nature: birdwatching


  T Waters Phoenix Anytime English
  Longtime birder who has lived in several states, I lead field trips for Maricopa Audubon. Enjoy birding with anyone, from beginners to experts! Area:

Area Birds:
Thrasher Spot, Riparian Preserve in Gilbert, Glendale Recharge Ponds, Tres Rios
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, car, long walk
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, monument, arboretum
Attend: theatre, live music, sports event, convention, competition

Play: cards, sports, boardgames, chess, checkers, scrambled letters games, lawn games, computer games

V Heron Phoenix Weekends and most national holidays English
I've been birding a little over a year so I am familiar with most of the resident birds and the more common visitors to the area. I mainly go to Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Tres Rios but will usually travel anywhere and am open to exploring new places. Area: Desert Botanical Gardens, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Gilbert Water Ranch, Tres Rios,

Area Birds: Roadrunner, Gila Woodpeckers, Abert's Towhees (and Canyon, Green tailed and spotted) Raptors, Water birds in winter. Flycatchers in spring and summer
Nature: birdwatching,, photography, hiking, butterflies
Travel: train, bus, car, long walk,
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean, architecture, shop, antique, swap
Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition
Participate: night life, rock, country, classical,swing, wine, liquor, social games,

R Armstrong Sedona Anytime English
My wife and I have been birders 35 years. long retired - HAPPY TO TAKE YOU OUT FOR FREE ALMOST ANYTIME!

Have led 100+ Audubon field trips, done100+ cbcs, etc.
Area: I cover sedona, camp verde, cottonwood, page springs, rimrock, all verde valley, maybe mingus mountains. Area has ponds, creeks, riparian, desert, grassland, canyons, mountains.

Area Birds: Middle Arizona birds, not southeast specialties. Common black hawk, bridled titmouse, gila & ladderback woodpeckers, cactus wren & curve-billed thrasher, 3 towhees, ducks & sparrows in winter, vermillion flycatchers, black-throated sparrows, 3 orioles, 2 kingbirds, 2 phoebes, lucy's warbler, gambel's quail, 5 hummingbirds in august, and totally different birds up the mountains.

Nature: birdwatching


  J Smith Tucson Anytime English
  Here is the information you requested to update our profile to get us back on BirdingPal where we have been for at least 15 years and have enjoyed it.

My wife and I will help or guide as a pair. As we are retired, we often are available throughout the week.

We have lived here for almost 30 years and have guided/helped dozens of BirdingPal friends from other countries and states during that time.

We previously lived in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and birded heavily there as well.
Our home is in Oro Valley near Catalina State Park and Tucson, but we will help or guide BirdingPals to any of the places mentioned and a number of others not mentioned.

There are many hotspots in SE AZ. The main ones that are within striking distance of Tucson and where we might take visitors, depending on the season, are: Madera Canyon, Patagonia, Mount Lemmon, Willcox ponds, Tubac area, Huachuca Canyons and Sweetwater Wetlands.

Area Birds:
Depending on the time of year, many birders seek our desert birds of which there are many, western warblers (especially the Red-faced Warbler), Elegant Trogon, Montezuma Quail, Scaled Quail, Gray Hawk, Common Black Hawk and a multitude of hummingbirds (we can have as many as 14 species, although not all at the same time).
Nature: Birdwatching, nature, botany and history and facts about the area.

Our hobbies and interests are many.

N Williams Tucson Anytime English
I've been a birder in Tucson for over 50 years. I'm an 84 y.o. female. I can walk a mile--more with rest stops. I live in the Orange Grove/La Canada part of Tucson.

Professional Guides

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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
M Kehl Tucson Anytime English
Melody is an avid birder who loves to share her knowledge with anyone and everyone. She continues to take courses in ornithology to keep up to date and to feed her frenzied need for more knowledge about our feathered friends. In addition to leading personal tours for a one-on-one experience for beginners and advanced birders, Melody also leads birding and hiking tours for the Tucson Audubon Society and the Southern Arizona Hiking Club.
Her 20+ years (10 of those years spent leading professionally) of intensive birding and hiking in Southern Arizona has provided her with intimate knowledge of the places where birds gather, nest, feed and hide. She is also knowledgeable of the area's fauna and flora and current environmental issues. Melody's enthusiasm for birding is contagious and makes for exciting and fun days in the field.

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Desert Rivers Audubon Society Club
Huachuca Audubon Society Club
Maricopa Audubon Society Club
Northern Arizona Audubon Society Club
Prescott Audubon Society Club
Sonoran Audubon Society Club
Tucson Audubon Society Club
White Mountain Audubon Society Club
Yuma Audubon Society Club
Hummingbird Society Club
Northern Arizona Audubon Society's Latest Sights
SABO Bird Observatory Banding
Willow Creek Riparian Preserve Park
Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area Phoenix
Wings over Willcox Festival
Verde Valley Festival
Southwest Wings Festival
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