For Birders

Birdwatching Resources

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 November 2020

See a complete list of sightings by clicking here.  eBird is a great way to contribute to citizen science at the RGNC. Click here to learn more about eBird. 

1American Coot
2American Crow
3American Goldfinch
4American Kestrel
5American Pipit
6American Robin
7American Wigeon
8Bald Eagle
9Barn Swallow
10Belted Kingfisher
11Bewick’s Wren
12Black Phoebe
13Black-capped Chickadee
14Brant
15Brewer’s Blackbird
16Brown Creeper
17Bufflehead
18Bushtit
19Cackling Goose
20Canada Goose
21Canvasback
22Canyon Towhee
23Cassin’s Finch
24Cedar Waxwing
25Chipping Sparrow
26Common Grackle
27Common Merganser
28Common Raven
29Common Yellowthroat
30Cooper’s Hawk
31Curve-billed Thrasher
32Dark-eyed Junco
33Double-crested Cormorant
34Downy Woodpecker
35Eastern Bluebird
36Eurasian Collared-Dove
37European Starling
38Evening Grosbeak
39Gadwall
40Gambel’s Quail
41Golden-crowned Sparrow
42Great Blue Heron
43Great Horned Owl
44Greater Roadrunner
45Greater White-fronted Goose
46Greater Yellowlegs
47Great-tailed Grackle
48Green-tailed Towhee
49Green-winged Teal
50Hairy Woodpecker
51Hermit Thrush
52Hooded Merganser
53Horned Lark
54House Finch
55House Sparrow
56Killdeer
57Ladder-backed Woodpecker
58Laurel Ladwig
59Least Sandpiper
60Lesser Goldfinch
61Lesser Scaup
62Lincoln’s Sparrow
63Long-billed Dowitcher
64Mallard
65Marsh Wren
66Merlin
67Mountain Bluebird
68Mountain Chickadee
69Mourning Dove
70Northern Flicker
71Northern Harrier
72Northern Pintail
73Northern Shoveler
74Pectoral Sandpiper
75Pied-billed Grebe
76Pine Siskin
77Red-breasted Nuthatch
78Redhead
79Red-tailed Hawk
80Red-winged Blackbird
81Ring-billed Gull
82Ring-necked Duck
83Rock Pigeon
84Ruby-crowned Kinglet
85Ruddy Duck
86Rusty Blackbird
87Sandhill Crane
88Say’s Phoebe
89Sharp-shinned Hawk
90Snow Goose
91Song Sparrow
92Sora
93Spotted Towhee
94Townsend’s Solitaire
95Western Bluebird
96Western Grebe
97White-breasted Nuthatch
98White-crowned Sparrow
99White-throated Sparrow
100White-winged Dove
101Williamson’s Sapsucker
102Wilson’s Snipe
103Winter Wren
104Wood Duck
105Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay
106Yellow-rumped Warbler