Bird Watch

Red-shafted Northern Flicker


Bird Watch

Travel to the Preserve to add new species to your birding life list. Even if you are a beginner you can enjoy the Preserve, as bird-watching in the desert can be easier than in other climates because the tree canopy is open and birds spend time on the ground or soaring. 

Birds you may find in the Preserve are identified in the photos below. Virtually all of the trails in the Preserve are fine for birding.  More than 100 species have been found in the Preserve: click here to download a list of species found along the Quartz Trail.

Birds are most active in the morning and evening, so you will have the best luck if you arrive when the gates first open.  

Click here for a complete list of birds found in the Preserve (as of September 2016)

Bird Hikes

The next bird walk will be on Sunday, October 23. Meet at Quartz Trail parking lot, south of McDowell Mountain Ranch Road at the corner of 104th Street and 102nd Street at 7:45 am.

Join us on this walk for a good chance to see some of our year-round bird residents like the Cactus Wren, Gila Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Harris’s Hawk and Verdin, as well as winter migrants such as the White-Crowned Sparrow, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet and more! 

Click the image for a slideshow