Sierra County New Mexico Recreation


Birding in Truth or Consequences and Sierra County

bird sitting on cholla cactus in southern New Mexico

Sierra 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, Sierra County New Mexico birdingpelicans, 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.

Southern New Mexico birding brochure

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

Fish and Game’s birding info on the following areas, in pdf form:

Animas Creek / Hillsboro / Kingston
Percha / Elephant Butte / Caballo / Las Palomas
Emory Pass
Springtime Campground
General Birding Information / Tips for the Trail

black bird with red wings flying near the Rio Grande in Truth or Consequences
thrasher in Truth or Consequences
blue heron flying over the Rio Grande in Truth or Consequences
turkey vultures at Winding Roads Park in Elephant Butte NM

prime birding at Caballo Lake State Park