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Reservation Deposits

5% DISCOUNT FOR TOURS PAID IN FULL 120 DAYS PRIOR TO TOUR

10% deposit is required to reserve your space.

50% is due 120 days prior to start of tour.

100% is due 90 days prior to start of tour.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT IS $500.00 UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE

Refunds and Cancellations

100% Refund 120 or more prior to start of tour.

50% Refund 90-119 days prior to start of tour.

25% Refund 60-89 days prior to start of tour.

NO REFUNDS LESS THAN  60 DAYS PRIOR TO START OF TOUR UNLESS SPOT CAN BE FILLED IN WHICH A 25% REFUND WILL BE ISSUED.

Trips DO NOT include airfare, food, drinks, tips, or other expenses not specifically mentioned in the tour description.

CDC Guidelines for Covid-19 will be adhered to.

4 Day Winter Birding Tour in Phoenix, AZ

Peach-faced Lovebird
Peach-faced Lovebird

December 5-10, 2020

Cost: $1020.00 per person, 2 person minimum – 4 person maximum

Join Archaeopteryx Birding & Nature Tours for a 4-day winter birding break in Maricopa county, Arizona. We’ll be staying in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area at the Sheraton Desert Oasis, or a similar type of resort lodging depending on availability. The Phoenix area is not only home to several bird and wildlife species, but is also known for some great restaurants and breweries. We’ll plan to stop at Fresh Mint, Los Reyes De La Torta Tex-Mex, & Fate brewing company North Scottsdale. We may also make a stop at PHX Beer Company to sample some additional local brews. There will be great wildlife photographic opportunities throughout the tour. We will stop to observe all wildlife, but this tour is primarily focused on birding. The climate this time of the year should be mild with temperatures ranging from the mid-40’s at night to the mid 60’s F during the day. Day 1: Arrive at the Phoenix airport no later than 2pm. Get picked up from the airport and stop at resort to drop off luggage. Bird at the Glendale Recharge Ponds in the late afternoon for waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds. Expected bird species include: Northern Shoveler, Green-winged and Cinnamon Teals, Ruddy Duck, Gadwall, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Wilson’s Snipe, Dunlin, Eared Grebe, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, White-throated Swift, Great-tailed Grackle, Horned Lark, Lark Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, American Pipit, Abert’s Towhee, Lawrence’s and Lesser Goldfinch, Western Meadowlark, Gambel’s Quail, and Black Phoebe. Day 2: Desert Botanical Garden Species we may see at the gardens include: Rosy-faced Lovebird, Canyon and Cactus Wren, Costa’s Hummingbird, Verdin, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Inca Dove, Say’s Phoebe, Phainopepla, Western Screech-Owl, and Gilded Flicker. Plan to end the day around 3pm.Day 3: Visit the Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch. We should see Long-billed Dowitcher, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Neotropic Cormorant, White-faced Ibis, Ring-necked Duck, Redhead, Blue-winged Teal, Yellow-headed and Brewer’s Blackbird, Pine Siskin, Lincoln’s and Vesper Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Belted Kingfisher, Gila and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers and Ash-throated Flycatcher. Plan to be in the field until around 3pm again. Day 4: We’ll visit multiple sites on our last day of birding to clean up our lists. Salt River- Water Users Recreation Site: Bushtit, Bridled Titmouse, Anna’s Hummingbird, Curve-billed Thrasher, and Bewick’s Wren. McDowell Mountain Regional Park for Brewer’s Sparrow. Saguaro Lake for Western Grebe and Gray Flycatcher. Return to resort no later than 5pm for flights and airport shuttle the following day. Price per person for this tour will be $1,020. This tour can be broken down into daily birding field trips for $300/day. The price includes professional guide, lodging, transportation, park entry fees, light snacks/water, and hand sanitizer/wipes. A recent Covid-19 test is required. Rooms will be double-occupancy. A checklist of all birds seen will be provided to each participant upon completion of the tour. Please contact us at archaeopteryxtours@gmail.com or call/text 609-553-0757 if you’re interested in more information or to book a space on this tour. There will be a maximum of 4 participants for this tour to ensure all birders get the best views of the birds and wildlife we’ll be observing.

4 Day Winter Birding Tour in Phoenix, AZ

December 5-10, 2020 Cost: $1020.00 per person, 2 person minimum – 4 person maximum To pay 10% deposit using Paypal now, use links below. Remainder of the amount due will be sent via invoice. To pay in full please contact us at archaeopteryxtours@gmail.com

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