Typical shoreline vegetation includes
cattails and cottonwoods.
Bureau of Reclamation
pond just south of the Gila River, surrounded by
cottonwoods, willows, mesquites, salt cedar, and quailbush. The west end of
the pond has the most vegetation, and is consequently more birdy. You can walk around the entire pond
(about ¾ of a mile) and will likely be sharing the area with fishermen.
Spring or fall migration is by far the best time to visit this location!
Getting there from the intersection of I-8 and 16th Street (takes
15-20 minutes) :
- Drive east on 16th Street (Highway 95) 5.1
miles to Ave 7E (Circle K and Chevron stations).
- Turn left on Ave 7E and drive north for 1.5 miles.
- Turn right on a gravel road just north of an east-west canal, but before you come to the
- Drive east 3 miles, just past a dip that goes through a wash.
- There will be three gravel roads leading north from the levee road, all of which take
you to Fortuna Pond, which is less than .1 mile north of the levee road. The first
road leading north goes to the nw corner of the pond. The second leads to a parking
lot just s. of the pond. The third skirts the e. side of the pond.
Common Migrants (especially
Yellow-rumped Warbler (winter resident)
Orange-crowned Warbler (winter resident)
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Northern Yellowthroat (breeds)
Yellow-breasted Chat (breeds)
Western kingbird (breeds)
Western Wood Pewee
Black Phoebe (breeds)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (winter resident)
Bullock's Oriole (breeds)
White-Crowned Sparrow (winter resident)