Tommy J. DeBardeleben

Welcome to Birding in Maricopa County!

 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.  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 Maricopa County's birding with the world as I see it.  I also do guided tours as a part time job, email/contact me if interested.

On this website my main 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.

My main area of specialty is in Maricopa County, or in other words, the Phoenix area.  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 nearly 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!  If you want to bird in Phoenix and aren't familiar with the area, please hire me to take you on a birding tour.  I would love to help you find your target bird! 

I offer guided tours to help others find their target birds or to see a variety of neat birds in one outing.  If you choose to go on an expedition with me as your guide, the entire day is up to you and what you want to do.  Check out my services here at Tommy's Birding Expeditions

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

"From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea, creation's revealing your majesty.  From the colors of fall, to the fragrance of spring, every creature unique in the song that it sings, all exclaiming.. Indescribable, uncontainable, You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name, You are amazing God".  -Chris Tomlin/Laura Story

Birding in Maricopa County

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


Tommy's Birding Expeditions

Hire me as your birding guide!



Good times in the field....