Birding at Catalina State Park

Birding trail

The lush Sonoran Desert environment in Catalina State Park is home to a wide variety of birds.  Because of the high diversity of bird species, the National Audubon Society has designated the park as an Important Bird Area (IBA).   The species count has reached 193, and includes several much sought-after birds such as Gilded Flicker, Rufous-winged Sparrow, and Varied Bunting.  The makeup of birds in the park varies with the seasons. Spring and summer birds include noisy Brown-crested Flycatchers, beautiful Blue Grosbeaks, and the tiny Lucy’s Warblers.  In the early fall, waves of migrants pass through including Lazuli Buntings, Western Tanagers, and several kinds of warblers.  Winter brings in a variety of birds that nest in the north such as Red-naped Sapsucker, Green-tailed Towhee and several species of sparrows.  Permanent residents include Great Horned Owls, Red-tailed Hawks, and many other Sonoran Desert species.

The many trails in the park provide great opportunities to see birds.  In addition, there are regular bird walks from October into April led by local experts.  See the Park’s events schedule for times and meeting places.