Over 300 species of birds can be seen at the park. About 40 of these are residents and the rest are seasonal migrants. Our two most popular year-round residents are the Greater Roadrunner, New Mexico’s state bird, and the colorful Wood Duck. You can probably spot them without even trying!
Before heading out into the field to observe our winged residents, stop by the Visitor Center. There, you’ll find the following resources of interest to birders:
- Recently seen bird list is behind the front desk, on a white board that lists the likely birds at the park with dates indicating recent sightings.
- In the shop or at the front desk you can purchase a copy of the RGNCSP bird checklist for 25 cents.
- The Observation Room The beautiful glass-walled room overlooking our main pond is a great viewing area! It’s especially good for folks wishing to avoid a lot of walking or for anyone wanting to view winter waterfowl. The room contains a laminated guide to our most common avian pond visitors.
- Trail maps: Front desk staff can provide you with a trail map and help you locate bird feeding stations and wildlife viewing areas on the grounds.
- Guided bird walks. There is a guided bird walk every Saturday and Sunday morning from 8:30am to 10am. Meet your guide at the Candelaria Wetlands blind on the north side of the parking lot.
- Basic binoculars and wildlife field guides. These can be borrowed from the front desk staff by leaving a driver’s license.
Guided Birding Walks
Join naturalists for a guided bird walk Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. year round. Meet at the east-side blind. Beyond the regular day-use fee, there is no cost for the bird-walk.
eBird Sightings 2021, as of 2/24
Greater White-fronted Goose
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl