Even just as the birders are gathering, people will start spotting birds, in trees, or flying overhead, or just hear their calls. The walk starts out on the Wildflower Trail, where you will often see hummingbirds (Anna's, and at times Black-chinned, or Costas), Goldfinches, Verdin, Abert's Towhees, Inca Doves, and Gambel's Quail.
The main part of the bird walk is on the Plants and People Trail, a longer trail with many inclines. Here you will likely see Gila and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Cactus Wren, Gilded Flickers, Curve-billed Thrashers, Phainopepla, and at times, Elf Owls. In the distance, you can often see hawks soaring over the Papago Buttes. Along the trail you'll also see Rock Squirrels, Round-tailed Ground Squirrels, Cotton-tail Rabbits, wonderful Desert Spiny Lizards, and Zebra Tailed Lizards flicking their tails around.
The walk ends at the Ullman Terrace, where the group goes through the DBG Bird Checklist and checks off what birds were seen, and which were only heard but not seen. This can sometimes lead to lively discussion and debate, and is all part of the fun of birding.
There are many more birds to see than I have listed here, you'll have to go see for yourself! For directions and detailed information visit http://www.dbg.org/ . To read a detailed review of the accessibility of Desert Botanical Gardens, visit Loren Worthington's excellent Blog "Accessing Arizona" at http://www.accessingarizona.com/2008/10/desert-botanical-gardens.html .
The following photos were taken at Desert Botanical Gardens over the course of 3 or 4 bird walks in late spring 2009 while the Dale Chihuly "Nature of Glass" exhibit was on display. Special thanks to Denny Green for providing several amazing photos.