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“Excellent bird watching”

Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve
Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Patagonia
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Owner description: A lush 770-acre habitat where both bird and plant life are abundant.
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600 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 290 helpful votes
“Excellent bird watching”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

This place is a gem, a riverside habitat for birds that has no equal in the area. It is best in the spring and summer, but is also good in wintertime.

Visited January 2014
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Tucson, Arizona
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108 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Beautiful preserve”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

I first read about this preserve in a tour book where it was described as "enchanted", and that is exactly the word that I would use. It looks like the middle of nowhere when you pull up, but there is ample parking, restrooms and a very small gift shop. They are open until 4pm and closed on Monday and Tuesdays. We saw deer, hawks, and flycatchers. Javelina and bobcats had also been spotted that day. There a 2 mile loop trail that takes you on a very easy and well marked hike through a magical ecosystem. It costs $6pp and included a map of the preserve. There are benches every few minutes to relax and watch for animals. I will definitely return here in the future. It is amazing that this area exists so close to Tucson and is so different. Some of the biggest cottonwood trees I've ever seen, Fresh green grass, and a stream all make this worth the drive!

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Julie D
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Green Cove Springs, Florida
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168 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Rare, verdant riparian habitat with amazing Cottonwoods”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

Sonoita Creek flows here for two of its five miles (the rest being dry wash this time of year) and watercress grows, making this a green, verdant habitat for birds and other wildlife. The massive cottonwoods took my breath away. The trails were nice to walk, and the peacefulness of this special place is addictive. A must visit for birders visiting or living in southern Arizona!

Visited March 2014
1 Thank emilys7
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St Paul, MN
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice place, good birding”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

We hiked here a couple times in March 2014. It's a nice place with a small but beautiful visitor center, friendly volunteers and great hummingbird feeders. Check ahead for hours since they are closed some days, and close early on others.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank jzakelj
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Boone, NC
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54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“An Oasis off the Highway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

Peaceful preserve that is not only enjoyable, it benefits the Nature Conservancy. Lovely, flat walk along the super-green Sonoita Creek - part shaded, party sunny. Good wildlife and bird viewing. The Vermillion Flycatcher is a bright red (with black mask) bird who is highly sociable and will pose for you as long as you like. Javalinas drink from the creek. Huge oaks and cottonwoods. When I was there, there was more nature activity to the north of the park. Very scenic.

Visited February 2014
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