Bird Watching

Chama, a small village at 7800 feet elevation, offers good birding during any season.  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 seen regularly at the Elkhorn Lodge.  Some of the birds you might see are:

  • American Dipper
  • American Goldfinch
  • American Kestrel
  • American Robin
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher
  • Bewick’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 Vireo
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Common Grackle
  • Common Merganser
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Common Raven
  • Cordilleran Flycatcher
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed)
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided)
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • European Starling
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Gray Catbird
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Harris’s Sparrow
  • Hermit Thrush
  • House Finch
  • House Sparrow
  • House Wren
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Mallard
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Osprey
  • 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 www.thebirdhub.com for more information about individual and group tours in the Chama Valley area and throughout New Mexico.

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