Fortuna Pond Kayaking 
Sep 15, 2001, 98 & sunny
Suzanne Gaytan & family, Bob Miller, & Henry Detwiler

Suzanne and I headed out around 6:30 to see what was out and about at Fortuna Pond on a pleasant Sunday morning.  Walking around the pond we found migrating warblers and flycatchers.  We didn't investigate the Gila River bottoms since it was still dove season, and the sounds of blasting shotguns filled the air with reverberations.

Fortuna Pond


  • Double-crested Cormorant

  • Pied-billed Grebe

  • Killdeer

  • Mourning Dove

  • Ground Dove

  • Rock Dove

  • Greater Roadrunner

  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker

  • Anna's Hummingbird

  • Rough-winged Swallow

  • Western Wood Pewee

  • Ash-throated Flycatcher

  • Black Phoebe

  • Verdin

  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

  • Warbling Vireo

  • Great-tailed Grackle

  • Red-winged Blackbird

  • Yellow-headed Blackbird

  • European Starling

  • House Sparrow


Fortuna Pond

Fortuna Pond
We found good numbers of warbler of several species, with Orange-crowned and Wilson's being the most numerous:
  • Wilson's Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler

Adriana & Bob

In the afternoon we headed back to Fortuna Pond with my inflatable kayak as well as Bob's 15 footer. 
Bob gave kayaking lessons to all the girls.  Before long, Adriana was an expert, paddling from one end of the lake to the other.

Adriana & Bob

Black-headed Grosbeak
During the afternoon we saw several additional birds, as well as many of the species we had seen that morning.  Suzanne & I "pished" a Wilson's Warbler to within two feet of us!
  • Turkey Vulture

  • Black-headed Grosbeak

  • Western (type) Flycatcher


The inflatable kayak was much harder to keep going in a straight line, but was still great fun!

Becky, Gaby, and Erika

Gaby playing in the water

Becky & Erika in the kayak
Adriana in the water 

Photos Henry D. Detwiler