Ron Morriss Park

Ron Morriss Park

Tubac, Arizona 85646

Tips for Birding

Daily hawk watching during March

About this Location

The Santa Cruz River crosses the Mexican border at Nogales and parallels I-19 on its way to Tucson and points north. Though its once lush cottonwood forest and mesquite bosques have all but disappeared, the river remains a corridor for migrating birds. This is especially evident in early spring, when a variety of birds of prey follow the river north from wintering grounds in Mexico. Common Black-Hawks, Gray Hawks, and Zone-tailed Hawks are the stars of the show, though a variety of more common raptors and many other birds use the Santa Cruz River as a migration corridor. To document the phenomenon, a hawk watch has been established at Ronald R. Morriss County Park in the charming historic town of Tubac. Raptor viewing is best during the middle two weeks of March, from mid-morning to early afternoon.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Roadside viewing

  • Entrance fee

Content from Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory webpage

Last updated March 18, 2024