Bird Watching

Chama, a resort town at 7800 feet elevation, offers good birding at any season.  In spring or summer visit the riparian forest on the Elkhorn Lodge’s property to see a wide variety of birds.  Come sit on the front porch, relax in one of our rocking chairs and enjoy the various birds that are seen regularly at the Elkhorn Lodge.  Some of the birds recently seen include:

American Dipper

    • American GoldfinchAmerican Kestrel

      American Robin

    • Ash-throated FlycatcherBewick’s Wren

      Black-billed Magpie

      Black-capped Chickadee

      Black-chinned Hummingbird

      Black-headed Grosbeak

      Brewer’s Blackbird

      Broad-tailed Hummingbird

      Brown-headed Cowbird

      Bullock’s Oriole

      Canada Goose

      Cassin’s Finch

    • Cassin’s VireoCedar Waxwing

      Chipping Sparrow

      Cliff Swallow

      Common Grackle

      Common Merganser

    • Common NighthawkCommon Raven
    •  Cordilleran FlycatcherDark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed)

      Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)

      Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided)

      Downy Woodpecker

      Eurasian Collared-Dove

      European Starling

      Evening Grosbeak

    • Gray CatbirdGreat Blue Heron

      Great Horned Owl

      Great-tailed Grackle

      Hairy Woodpecker

      Harris’s Sparrow

      Hermit Thrush

      House Finch

      House Sparrow

      House Wren

    • Indigo BuntingLesser Goldfinch

      Lewis’s Woodpecker

      Lincoln’s Sparrow


      Mountain Chickadee

      Mourning Dove

      Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)

      Northern Mockingbird

      Northern Rough-winged Swallow

      Orange-crowned Warbler


      Pine Siskin

      Plumbeous Vireo

      Prairie Falcon

      Red-winged Blackbird

      Rufous Hummingbird

      Say’s Phoebe

      Song Sparrow

      Spotted Sandpiper

      Spotted Towhee

      Steller’s Jay

      Townsend’s Solitaire

      Tree Swallow

      Turkey Vulture

      Violet-green Swallow

      Warbling Vireo

      Western Bluebird

      Western Scrub-Jay

      Western Tanager

      Western Wood-Pewee

      White-breasted Nuthatch

      White-crowned Sparrow

      White-throated Swift

      White-winged Dove

      Wild Turkey

      Wilson’s Warbler

    • Yellow Warbler
    • Yellow-breasted Chat
    • Yellow-headed Blackbird

Regular surveys of the birds found at the Elkhorn Lodge are being conducted by professional guide Cheryl Grindle from The Bird Hub. These surveys will be used to track birds that visit the Elkhorn Lodge seasonally. Visit for more information about individual and group tours in the Chama Valley area and throughout New Mexico.

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