Fortuna Pond

Typical shoreline vegetation includes cattails and cottonwoods.


Recent Trips
16 Oct 1999
28 Apr 2000
22 Nov 2000


Double-crested Cormorants

A large 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 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 Gila River. 
- 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 in spring):

Wilson's warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler (winter resident)
Orange-crowned Warbler (winter resident)
Hermit Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Northern Yellowthroat (breeds)
Yellow-breasted Chat (breeds)

Western kingbird (breeds)
Western Wood Pewee
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Black Phoebe (breeds)

Other Passerines
Swainson's thrush
Blue Grosbeak
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (winter resident)
Lesser Goldfinch
Bullock's Oriole (breeds)
White-Crowned Sparrow (winter resident)

Permanent Year-round Residents:

Pied-billed Grebe
Greater Roadrunner
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Gambel's Quail
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Loggerhead Shrike
Great-tailed Grackle
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Song Sparrow


Photos Henry D. Detwiler