The temps are dropping and my birding antennae are rising! So, where to go, what to see? Such decisions, what is one to do? Surf the net! Here's a run-down of how to find out what birds being seen around the Valley, and where:
Birding ListServe -
This is where you can find out what birds of interest are being seen daily across the
state, from very reliable sources such as Troy Corman, Mark
Stevenson, Magill Weber, George West, Tommy DeBardeleben, Laurence
Butler, Lindsay Story, Jeff Ritz, Ernie Nickels, Melanie Herring, and
many other experienced avid birders. They cover everything, from Glendale Recharge Ponds and Tres Rios in the west valley, to Gilbert Water Ranch and Boyce Thompson Arboretum in the east.
Birder From Maricopa
- If you really want all the details about your chosen birding
destination, then you must go to Tommy DeBardeleben's excellent website BirderFromMaricopa.com.
When I first started reading Tommy's posts on the Birding ListServ, I
thought for sure I was reading the adventures of someone who had birded
Maricopa County for the last thirty years, and was retired. His posting was prolific, and he always seemed a step ahead of everyone. Then I
found his website, with an extensive detailed listing of birding
sites all over the valley, and I was convinced he was eighty years old,
and was frantically adding to his life list before he took his last breath. I was stunned to find out that he was a young adult, completing his second big year in a row!
Butler's Birds and Things - Laurence Butler is an avid birder and excellent writer who has the most entertaining bird blog I've ever come across. He posts great photos and absolutely delightful descriptions of the birds he sees. Laurence comes from a family of birders and has certainly inherited the birder gene! For a great read, check out Butler's Birds and Things
AZFO - Recent Arizona Rarities
- If you are working on your life list, or doing a big year, you should
regularly check the Arizona Field Ornithologist's "Recent Arizona
If you are heading to Desert Botanical Garden,
the Monday Morning Birdwalkers
keep a thorough list of birds sighted - DBG Birdwalk Birdlists.