Birding at Rio Rico
We are pleased to announce the opening of Birding trails at Rio Rico Golf Club! Rio Rico Golf Club is a famous area for bird watching and has been designated as an “Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary”. For many years Rio Rico has been part of the national yearly “Christmas Bird Count”. All over the country dedicated Birders gather at various places to count and document bird populations at this annual event. Bird counters at Rio Rico realized that Rio Rico was an exceptional area for birding and approached managers Jane Chanik and Margaret Wolverton and made a request to them to open the golf course for birding. With the help of experienced volunteers, birding paths were cut making Rio Rico is officially available for an exceptional birding experience.
Follow is a list of some of the recent sightings:
Cinnamon Teal, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Sharp-shinned Haw, Red-tailed Hawk, Sora, American Coot, Killdeer, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Gila Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker,Northern Flicker (Red-shafted),
American Kestrel, Merlin, Black Phoebe,Say's Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher,Cassin's Kingbird, Hutton's Vireo, Common Raven, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's), Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's), Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Red Crossbill, Crested Caracara.
Birders are welcome seven days a week from 7:30 A.M. -3:00 P.M. with exclusive access to the course Mondays 7:30-12:00 noon! Please sign in/out on the log on the patio so we know you are out there!