Tommy J. DeBardeleben

Welcome to Tommy D's Birding Expeditions

 Hi, I'm Tommy DeBardeleben and I am an avid birder.  I live in the Phoenix area and am especially interested in birding in the Phoenix/Maricopa County region, as well as Arizona and Arizona's more under-birded regions.  Birding is my favorite thing to do and it's been a long time hobby of mine.  The main purpose of this website is to share with the world, some of the great birding areas that I think are epic.  I have times in which I give private tours.  To see my current availability, see the section "Contact and Tours".

On this website my first project is Birding in Maricopa County, my online guide to Birding in Maricopa County.  This feature covers hotspots and areas, as well as what birds can be found at these hotspots and areas.  Birding in Phoenix and it's surrounding area can be found in this guide.  Whether you are new to Maricopa County, visiting Phoenix with limited time, wanting to have new locations to bird at or find certain birds, this online birdfinding guide will help you find what you want!  Birding in Arizona is a popular pursuit among many people, and a lot of Arizona's birding excitement is found in Maricopa County.  I have actively birded in Maricopa County since I seriously got into Arizona birding.  I spent two years in the County doing Big Years, where I tried to find as many species as possible during two different calander years.  Over the years, I have also traveled and explored almost all of Maricopa County's birding locations and wilderness areas for different projects I have worked on.  The diverse county of Maricopa has had more than 450 different bird species found and documented in it's diverse habitats that range from the hottest deserts to pine and fir forests that exceed 7000'.  Folks, the Phoenix area isn't entirely covered in cacti! 

My latest project is Birding in Greenlee County.  I made several big trips to this small county in eastern Arizona in 2017.  It's very under-birded, and I was inspired to write about Greenlee County on this website in hopes that it may get birded more.

My original ties to birding came from Arizona's White Mountains in the east-central part of the state.  The White Mountains are on the same level of interest for me as Maricopa County is, and it is another region I have a huge interest in.  It isn't very close to me though, but I explore it a few times a year or when I get a chance.  I vacation there almost every year and have birded a lot of the region's areas, and I still have a lot to explore in the White Mountains besides what I have covered.  Because I have visited many areas there, I have decided to write a second online guide project on my website, which is-Birding in Arizona's White Mountains.  It is a longer project in the making due to the fact that I can't go to the White Mountains as often as I would like to, but works in progress can be very fun too.  The White Mountains hold great high elevation birding in the state and hold species like Pine Grosbeak, Dusky Grouse, American Three-toed Woodpecker, American Dipper, Gray Jay, Gray Catbird, Williamson's Sapsucker, Clark's Nutcracker, and more.  This area is one of Arizona's most underbirded, which is what I really like about it.

The Journal section of this website features a link to my active birding blog on, "Tommy D's Birding Expeditions" as well as reports I have written about my birding experiences throughout my years of birding and traveling.

"Birding is hunting without killing, preying without punishing, and collecting without clogging your home.  Take a field quide into the woods and you're more than a hiker.  Your a detective on a backcountry beat, tracking the latest suspect from Mexico, Antarctica, or even the Bronx.  Spend enough time sloshing through swamps or scaling summits or shuffling through beach sand and you inevitably face a tough question:  Am I a grown up birder or just another kid on a treasure hunt?"  -Mark Obmascik

Birding in Maricopa County

An online guide to the birds and birding locations of Maricopa County


Birding in Greenlee County

An online guide to Greenlee County Birding


Birding in Arizona's White Mountains

An online guide to Birding in Arizona's White Mountains