Welcome to Tommy's Birding Expeditions
Hi, I'm Tommy DeBardeleben and I would love to be your birding guide. Birding is my favorite thing to do and I enjoy helping others find those species they are looking for. I have been birding since I was 13 years of age, but I really seriously got into it in 2009. In 2009, I got hooked on birding and I constantly want to be out in the field to see and learn more. Birding is fun to me for many reasons. One is because I can see a variety of different species without going too far from home, and also have a chance at finding something unusual or rare on any given day. I like the fact that most birds can be identified by their song, and I love to stand in one place and record as many species as possible that I hear (I guess that's the reason why I have big ears!). Some birds are easy to see, and others are a challenging journey to see. Birding is fun and challenging on just about every level, and that is why I love it so much! Whether looking for birds in a city park or hiking on a remote wilderness trail, the birding is always great. I enjoy helping other birders find the species they would love to see. Helping someone get their very first look at a bird, also known as a "LIFER", also makes me feel like I'm getting a lifer due to the fact I'm greatful I got to find it for them. I have decided to start guiding so I can spend more time birding, helping others find birds that they would love to see, and trying to have a job that I've always dreamed of. Please hire me and take a fun trip on Tommy's Birding Expeditions!!
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. I would love to help you find your target bird!
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. However, if you want to go on one of my specific Expeditions, I offer a variety of choices. Click here to see them: Expedition Ideas
On this website I have included 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 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.
The Journal section of this website features a link to my active birding blog on Blogspot.com, "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