I live in the Tucson area. It's great for viewing all sorts of wildlife including birds. We have the advantage of being directly underneath a major north-south flyway for migrating birds and we also see many seasonal residents. There are about 450 species that show up in our area. Part of it is the surprisingly diverse habitat. Most people think of desert when they think of Tucson, and that's true. But, we also have mountains with habitats that change with elevation and a few riparian areas. Our proximity to the Gulf of California also means that we see birds that are commuting to and from that area. It's not usual to see an Osprey here, right in the middle of the desert!