For bird lovers, being able to spot 90+ species from the same place in a few days’ time is an exciting experience. It’s especially rewarding if some are species you rarely see, or are perhaps, even a first time sighting. Birdwatching in Patagonia Lake State Park in southeastern Arizona provides exactly this type of exceptional birdwatching opportunity. Greg and I have camped there twice now, and even though we’re both fair weather birders, we still got an exhilarating rush of adrenaline from some of the birds we saw.
A Little About Patagonia Lake State Park
Patagonia Lake State Park is located in Patagonia, Arizona, about 60 miles south of Tucson, just north of the Mexico border. It lies adjacent to the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area, which is situated within a transition zone between the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts. The area is home to seven distinct vegetative communities, which provide habitat for dozens of avian species. It is this varied environment within such a small geographical area that makes birdwatching in Patagonia Lake State Park such a worthwhile activity.
Birdwatching in Patagonia Lake State Park
Birdwatching is excellent almost anywhere within the Park or Natural Area. However, there is a short birding trail that terminates at a spot on the southeastern bank of Patagonia Lake. The Park Service has installed multiple bird feeders of various types which attract a wide variety of seed-eating and nectar-feeding birds. There is plenty of room to set up your tripod and even a bench to relax while enjoying the wildlife.
Birding Programs Hosted by the State Park Service
Bird walks and avian boat tours are offered at various times on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The bird walks are led by a State Park Ranger and are free of charge. Boat tours have a small fee of $5 per person. Check with the Park office for the current tour schedule to make the experience of birdwatching in Patagonia Lake State Park even more special for you and your family.
Do you enjoy birdwatching? What is the most interesting bird you have ever seen in the wild?