Tommy J. DeBardeleben

Birding Hotspots in Maricopa County that hold good Juniper Habitat (as well as Pinyon)

This photo below shows a good example of juniper habitat, which is an indicator of Upper Sonoran habitat.  In juniper dominated habitat, breeding species to watch for include Red-tailed and Zone-tailed Hawks, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Cassin's Kingbird, Gray Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay, Bridled and Juniper Titmouse, Verdin, Bewick's Wren, Phainopepla, Lucy's Warbler, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow (in areas where there are brushy slopes).  Winter is amazing and will bring abundant birdlife in season.  Wintering species include large numbers of Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, Western Bluebird, Northern "Red-shafted" Flicker, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, as well as Sage Thrasher, Mountain Bluebird, Hutton's Vireo, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, and occasionally a Fox Sparrow.

Area 1-Highway 87

Four Peaks Wilderness

Mazatzal Divide Trail (Forest Road 422)

Sunflower (Old Beeline Highway)

Bushnell Tanks

Mount Ord

Slate Creek Divide Area


Area 11-Cave Creek

Lower Camp Creek

Mount Humboldt

Seven Springs Wash

Seven Springs Recreation Area

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