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.
  • Basic binoculars and wildlife field guides. These can be borrowed from the front desk staff by leaving a driver’s license.
Guided Bird Walks

Join naturalists for a guided bird walk Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. year round. Advanced registration is required. Call or stop in at the Visitor Center Front Desk to register beginning the Sunday prior to the date you wish to attend.  Meet at the east-side blind.  Beyond the regular day-use fee, there is no cost for the bird walk.

eBird Sightings August, 2021

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. 

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Greater Roadrunner
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Snowy Egret
White-faced Ibis
Cooper’s Hawk
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood-Pewee
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Cassin’s Kingbird
Cassin’s/Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Curve-billed Thrasher
American Robin
House Sparrow
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Dark-eyed Junco
Spotted Towhee
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Spotted Sandpiper
Turkey Vulture
Black Phoebe
Black-capped Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
Say’s Phoebe
Great Blue Heron
Ladder-backed Woodpecker