New Mexico - Sandia Crest and Bosque del Apache
Three species of Rosy-Finches, Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese
Brief Overview of the Trip
Day 1:  Arrival in Albuquerque, NM, by 6:00, PM
Day 2:  Early morning birding at Petroglyph National
Monument
, followed by a visit to Sandia Crest, weather
permitting, to view rosy-finches.  Afternoon birding along
the Rio Grande River.
Day 3:  Albuquerque area birding in the morning followed
by
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Day 4:  Full day at Bosque del Apache National
Wildlife Refuge
Day 5:  Percha Dam State Park, Caballo Lake State
Park and Elephant Butte Reservoir
Day 6:  Optional early morning birding at Bosque del
Apache.  Return to Albuquerque for flights home.
Brief Itinerary
Trip Description
For more information or to register for this trip, call
Charles at 888-203-7464 or Charles directly at
720-320-1974 or by email at
info@PIBird.com.
One of the best places to see all three species of
rosy-finches is at the bird feeders of the Crest House
restaurant on Sandia Crest, in central New Mexico. From
the comfort of the restaurant, you will enjoy learning how
to differentiate between these sometimes difficult to
separate species.
Another highlight of a winter birding trip to New Mexico will
be the thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese at
Bosque del Apache. This is one of the truly spectacular
nature experiences every birder, and non-birder, should
see.
Of course, there will be many other species to keep your
interest on this trip. Some of the possible, though less
common, species you will look for include Ross's Goose,
Greater White-fronted Goose, Tundra Swan, Golden
Eagle, Merlin, Prairie Falcon, American Three-toed
Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Sparrow and Harris's
Sparrow.
Photo by
More Details on This Trip
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch photo
by Bill Schmoker
Black Rosy-Finch photo
by John Drummond
Scaled Quail photo
by Bill Schmoker
Phainopepla photo by
John Drummond
Sandhill Cranes photo
by John Drummond
Cactus Wren photo
by John Drummond
New Mexico Birding:
Sandia Crest & Bosque del Apache