Birding Locations & Regional Ecosystems
NEW!! SILVER CITY AREA BIRDING GUIDE [ PDF ]
Your introduction to birding locations in and around Silver City and Grant County, New Mexico. At most locations little walking is required and birding can be done near where you park your vehicle. Most of the sites are eBird hotspots. The pdf contains the hotspot links where you may view past bird sightings by year or month.
Birding by Ecosystem
Highland Oak-Juniper Canyons/Hillsides of Gila
National Forest are home to 4 jay species, thrashers, sparrows, vireos, warblers, Wild Turkey.
✔ Silver City, Arenas Valley, Pinos Altos, Gallinas Cyn/Hwy 152
Find out what birds are being seen in our region. Use the EXPLORE feature to find bird sightings reported by county or by hotspots. The bar chart feature shows you what birds to expect throughout the year in a region or location.
eBird maintains a birding life list for registered users. You can also sign up for notifications of rare bird sightings in the area and for birds you've not yet recorded.
eBird is a project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and is supported entirely by grants, sponsors, and donations.
Where are the spotted owls?
Southwestern New Mexico Audubon Society does not share the location of spotted owls. The owls are very sensitive to human interaction and will abandon even long occupied territory and not return. Sadly, we have had this experience when their locations have been shared. This shyness is a reason eBird intentionally does not post spotted owl sightings. Certainly there is much interest in seeing this threatened species, but they are easily permanently driven away. If you do come across a spotted owl, enjoy the experience, but please minimize your contact with the bird, and definitely do not share the location. We would like them to continue to occupy and breed in the habitat they still have available. Thank you for understanding.
Area Checklists & Map Links
- NEW! Silver City Area Birding Guide (pdf)
- Regional Forest Service Map (PDF)
- NM Birding Trail (Website)
- Important Bird Area (NM IBA Website)
- Forest Service Bird Checklist
You Need A Permit!!