Below is a list of birds we saw in the 2 wildlife refuges we visited in New Mexico. I realize few others than birders will be interested in this list and this post isn’t exactly the kind that gets likes or reposted about. But that’s not why I’m posting. I’m not writing this for the likes. I’m writing this for the birds.
There were a couple of birds we saw that made our visit a little bit more special, birds we had never seen before. These I’ve put an asterisk beside.
Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge:
Ross goose White-crowned sparrow Snow gooseSpotted towhee Sandhill crane Red-naped sapsucker Mallard American avocet * Northern pintail Killdeer American wigeon Western meadowlark Northern shoveler Greater roadrunner Common goldeneye Common raven American coot American kestrel Ruddy duck Northern harrier Green-winged teal red-winged blackbird Great horned owl Willet Red-tailed hawk
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge:
Mallard American Bittern * Northern pintail Northern harrier Northern shoveler Pomeraine jaeger American coot Snowy egret Sandhill crane Greater egret Snow goose Western meadowlark Ross’ goose Pied grebe California quail Red-winged blackbird Bufflehead. Loggerhead shrike
Unfortunately, these are partial lists. We focused less on taking notes and more on just being in the moment. These lists were compiled by memory as we were driving out of the refuges after sunset.
I am not someone who tells people, “You have to go.” Where a person “should” go depends on their interests, which are not always the same as mine. I will, however, proclaim, if you are an avid birder, GO to Bosque Del Apache and Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuges.
I guarantee you will not be disappointed.