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 June 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. 

1Wood Duck
2Mallard
3White-winged Dove
4Mourning Dove
5Greater Roadrunner
6Black-chinned Hummingbird
7Snowy Egret
8Cooper’s Hawk
9Ladder-backed Woodpecker
10Western Wood-Pewee
11Black Phoebe
12Ash-throated Flycatcher
13White-breasted Nuthatch
14Bewick’s Wren
15Eastern Bluebird
16American Robin
17House Sparrow
18House Finch
19Lesser Goldfinch
20Spotted Towhee
21Yellow-breasted Chat
22Red-winged Blackbird
23Brown-headed Cowbird
24Summer Tanager
25Western Tanager
26Black-headed Grosbeak
27Blue Grosbeak
28Canada Goose
29Barn Swallow
30Bushtit
31Wilson’s Warbler
32Sora
33Western Kingbird
34Lucy’s Warbler
35Common Yellowthroat
36American Wigeon
37Wilson’s Phalarope
38Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
39MacGillivray’s Warbler
40Broad-tailed Hummingbird
41Double-crested Cormorant
42Swainson’s Hawk
43Cassin’s Kingbird
44Northern Rough-winged Swallow
45White-crowned Sparrow
46Orange-crowned Warbler
47Yellow-rumped Warbler
48Hepatic Tanager
49Eurasian Collared-Dove
50Say’s Phoebe
51Curve-billed Thrasher
52Great Horned Owl
53Great-tailed Grackle