Tommy J. DeBardeleben

Area 7-Southwest Phoenix

The area of Southwest Phoenix is a diverse part of Maricopa County and is well worth exploring.  It has great shorebird and waterfowl viewing hotspots, great agricultural habitat as well as excellent desert riparian locations.  The Glendale Recharge Ponds are one of the best locations in Arizona to view shorebirds, and is the most popular spot in this area.  The dull looking basins aren't so dull when full of birds!  Tres Rios Wetlands is another excellent birding location here, along with other similiar locations.  A birder can easily spend a full day birding the different hotspots this wonderful area has to offer.

Birding Locations:

Glendale Recharge Ponds (eBird)

Agua Fria Riverbed (eBird)

Crystal Gardens Parkway

Tolleson Wastewater Treatment Plant

Tres Rios Overbank Wetlands (eBird)

Tres Rios Wetlands-Hayfield Site (eBird)-currently closed to the public

Baseline and Meridian Wildlife Area (eBird)

El Rio Research Area

Estrella Mountain Regional Park

Estrella Mountain Lake Parks (eBird)

M-C 85

Broadway and Jackrabbit Road Pond

Broadway and Airport Road Pond


Southwest Phoenix Area Bird List:

Area Species List


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