Birding in Truth or Consequences and Sierra County


bird_watchersSierra County is one of the finest birding regions in the nation in terms of habitat diversity and potential for rarities.  The riparian habitat along the Rio Grande and its associated lakes is a paradise of egrets, herons, pelicans, grebes, and unusual avian sightings, and all three of Sierra County’s state parks(Percha DamCaballo and Elephant Butte) were recently designated by the Audubon Society as important birding areas.


The Gila National Forest is also a prime mountain birding habitat.  A checklist for the Gila is on the birding page of their website – visit the site for more info, or download the list here.

In the spring, Percha Dam State Park, considered to be New Mexico’s best area for land birds along the Rio Grande, hosts “Migration Sensation” – two days of birding and bird-related programming. Each day begins with guided bird walks to observe sparrows and other birds passing through during the spring migration.

Birding resources:

Birding in Sierra and Socorro Counties brochure and map

New Mexico Ornithological Birding Report

Fish and Game birding web page


Credits to

Southern New Mexico Birds & Birding Sites

photo: Spencer Wright

photo: Spencer Wright

There are four different biolife zones in Southern New Mexico’s SIERRA and SOCORRO COUNTIES – making for some of the best birding in the state.

There are more than 368 species at the Bosque del Apache alone. Other area birds include: Warblers, Sparrows, Qual, Thrashers, Flycatchers, Bluebirds, Tanagers, Owls, Whip-Poor-Wills, Cranes, Hawks, Eagles, Terns, Sandpipers, Curlews, Ducks, Roadrunners, Grebes, Pelicans, Hummingbirds, Quail, Coots, Snow Geese, Cormorants, Jays, Chickadees, Juncos, Siskins, Osprey, and Vultures.