We are in a birder’s paradise here in the Gila, with approximately 377 different species spotted. 166 species are known to breed on the Gila, 114 others are more or less regular nonbreeders, and 57 species are considered to be casual (recorded 3-5 times) or accidental (recorded but once or twice).
Here at Sapillo Creek Escape, we have hummingbird feeders in several locations around the property, with regular visits by multiple breeds. 17 species of hummingbirds visit New Mexico each year on their migration. Sit on your deck from late March through early October and enjoy quite a show by these beautiful little birds.
During the winter months, we hang feeders for various migrating and native birds, ensuring that our property is a bird watcher’s paradise year-round.
Download the National Park Service Gila Birding Checklist
Best Bird Watching in the Gila
Audobon Birding in New Mexico
Audobon Gila Bird Area
Southwest New Mexico Audobon Society (for field trips, monthly programs, annual bird counts and more)
Southwest New Mexico Birding Trail
All Best Binoculars Five Best Birding Trails in New Mexico
New Mexico Ornithology Society
A bit further afield and three hours from Sapillo Creek Escape is the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Reserve, which is a spectacular national wildlife refuge where tens of thousands of birds–including sandhill cranes, Arctic geese, and many kinds of ducks–gather each autumn and stay through the winter. The reserve features many opportunities for birding, programs, lectures and other activities. Well worth the trip for bird and nature lovers alike.