Birding Hot Spots of Central New Mexico

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From pine forest to desert scrub, from alpine meadow to riparian wetland, Albuquerque and its surrounding area in New Mexico offer an appealing variety of wildlife habitat. Birders are likely to see more than two hundred species during a typical year of bird-watching. Now, two experienced birders, Judith Liddell and Barbara Hussey, share their intimate knowledge of the best places to find birds in and around this important region.

Covering the Rio Grande corridor, the ...

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Overview

From pine forest to desert scrub, from alpine meadow to riparian wetland, Albuquerque and its surrounding area in New Mexico offer an appealing variety of wildlife habitat. Birders are likely to see more than two hundred species during a typical year of bird-watching. Now, two experienced birders, Judith Liddell and Barbara Hussey, share their intimate knowledge of the best places to find birds in and around this important region.

Covering the Rio Grande corridor, the Sandia and Manzano Mountains, Petroglyph National Monument, and the preserved areas and wetlands south of Albuquerque (including crane and waterfowl haven Bosque del Apache), Birding Hotspots of Central New Mexico offers twenty-nine geographically organized site descriptions, including maps and photographs, trail diagrams, and images of some of the birds and scenery birders will enjoy. Along with a general description of each area, the authors list target birds; explain where and when to look for them; give driving directions; provide information about public transportation, parking, fees, restrooms, food, and lodging; and give tips on availability of water and picnic facilities and on the presence of hazards such as rattlesnakes, bears, and poison ivy.

The book includes a “helpful information” section that discusses weather, altitude, safety, transportation, and other local birding resources. The American Birding Association’s code of birding ethics appears in the back of the book, along with an annotated checklist of 222 bird species seen with some regularity in and around Albuquerque.

For more information, please visit http://birdinghotspotscentralnm.com/
 

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Editorial Reviews

Kenneth C. Schneider

"Birding Hotspots of Central New Mexico draws upon the authors' familiarity with six clusters of the 29 very best birding locations within easy driving distance from downtown Albuquerque. Each of the concise site descriptions stands alone, thus avoiding cross-references and conveying a marvelous sense of place. This assures most efficient use of the visitor's time-- by suggesting the best way to follow a trail, providing locations of the nearest rest rooms, drinking water, lodging and gas stations, and even spots for a picnic lunch.
Road and trail conditions and elevation changes are carefully noted, as are hours of operation, any entrance fees and proximity of public transportation if available. Particular hazards are pointed out as may be necessary, as well as wheelchair accessibility and obstacles for those with limited mobility, At some sites, the visitor will know what time of day is most favorable for birding, and where to get the best views when the trees are bare or fields are flooded. Nearly a dozen maps complement site-specific driving directions that all start from the intersection of I-40 and I-25 in the heart of Albuquerque. There is a strong emphasis on how to most efficiently locate target species, some of which may be found almost exclusively at one or a few of the hot spots. All of the expected species are listed in an annotated checklist that references only the best locations for finding them. Unlike some bird finding guides, the text is not cluttered with aging reports of rare and unusual birds. Instead, the reader is sensibly advised to consult the latest eBird and rare bird alerts before setting out. Nearly all of these locations are already indexed by name in eBird. Whether planning an extended trip or a few hours' escape from a business meeting, birders with all levels of experience will find Birding Hotspots of Central New Mexico
an invaluable traveling companion."--Kenneth C Schneider, retired physician and lifelong birder
Rebecca Gracey

"Birding enthusiasts will find Birding Hot Spots of Central New Mexico helpful in locating birds when visiting Albuquerque and the surrounding area. The authors not only list the expected bird species for each hot spot, but detailed directions for reaching the location. They also make good use of the internet and give web sites for many of the areas mentioned. Readers will discover that there is a variety of habitats in central New Mexico which translates into a large variety of bird species to be encountered."--Rebecca Gracey, Central New Mexico Audubon Society Thursday-Birders Coordinator
Sei Tokuda

"Birding Hot Spots in Central New Mexico by Judith Liddell and Barbara Hussey is a must-have guide for the serious out-of-town birder who comes to Central New Mexico. The guide is practical, user-friendly and comprehensive. It starts off with an overall description of Albuquerque area's landscape, life zones, birds, possible hazards such as snakes, poison ivy, weather and altitude, etc. These factors are then applied to each selected site with the seasonal variation in bird species included. The information is presented clearly and logically thus adding to the fun of birding in the Albuquerque area."-- Sei Tokuda, retired professor of immunology and former chair of the Department of Microbiology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine
science writer, Albuquerque Journal - John Fleck

"Liddell and Hussey have written a guide that will be invaluable to central New Mexico visitors and local birders alike. But their explanations of the region's natural history and advice on places to go and things to see reach beyond the birds alone, making this book a treat for anyone who loves the outdoors." — John Fleck, science writer, Albuquerque Journal
Birdbooker Report - Ian Paulsen

"A must have for those birding in the region!"--Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report, The Guardian
Nemesis Bird - Drew Weber

"...this guide focuses much more on getting you to a good spot for birding and telling you what to look for. This makes it infinitely more valuable to birders who visit the area infrequently or maybe for the first time...descriptions are very thorough but readable...the local recommendations are great...clean and simple maps show access points, trails, and points of interest and the good number of excellent photographs highlight habitat and species of interest...enough to break up the text and keep the book visually entertaining. The text is in a font that is crisp and easy to read...this is an excellent guide to the area..."--Drew Weber, Nemesis Bird
Rosyfinch Ramblings

"Many birders are familiar with Judy Liddell's popular blog, It's a Bird Thing. Judy's blog entries often describe her local trips with the Thursday Birders, a dedicated group of Central New Mexico Audubon Society members who get out to interesting places every Thursday morning. Most of the Thursday Birder excursions are in or around the city of Albuquerque for a half day, making it easy to fit them into a busy schedule. Reading her narratives brings me back to the eleven years I lived in New Mexico. Judy is active in Central New Mexico Audubon Society. In additon to leading CNMAS bird walks, she serves as Vice President and Program Chair. She also is secretary of New Mexico Audubon Council and is a bird monitor for the Rio Grande Nature Center. With fellow birder and experienced birding guide Barbara Hussey, Judy has co-authored Birding Hotspots of Central New Mexico. In addition to long and dedicated service for the Rio Grande Nature Center, Barbara is a former President and Board member of CNMAS, and one of the founders of New Mexico Volunteer for the Outdoors."--Rosyfinch Ramblings
Birdbooker Report
A must have for those birding in the region!"—Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report, The Guardian

— Ian Paulsen

Nemesis Bird
...this guide focuses much more on getting you to a good spot for birding and telling you what to look for. This makes it infinitely more valuable to birders who visit the area infrequently or maybe for the first time...descriptions are very thorough but readable...the local recommendations are great...clean and simple maps show access points, trails, and points of interest and the good number of excellent photographs highlight habitat and species of interest...enough to break up the text and keep the book visually entertaining. The text is in a font that is crisp and easy to read...this is an excellent guide to the area..."—Drew Weber, Nemesis Bird

— Drew Weber

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603444262
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2011
  • Series: W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series , #42
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,267,344
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


JUDY LIDDELL is a board member of the Central New Mexico Audubon Society and a bird monitor for the Rio Grande Nature Center in Albuquerque. In addition to being a former president and board member of the Central New Mexico Audubon Society, BARBARA HUSSEY is also a founding member of the Rio Grande Nature Center.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps IX

Preface XI

Acknowledgments XV

Chapter 1 Central New Mexico's Geography, Life Zones, and Habitats 1

Geography 1

Life Zones and Habitats 4

Chapter 2 Helpful Information 7

How to Use This Guide 7

Weather and Altitude 8

Safety, Animals, and Pests 9

Public Transportation 11

Local Birding Information and Resources 13

New Mexico Rare/Unusual Bird Report 16

Chapter 3 Along the Rio Grande: Albuquerque and Corrales 17

General Overview 17

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park 18

Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center and Bosque Trails 23

Alameda Bosque and Open Space 28

Corrales Bosque 33

Chapter 4 Sandia Foothills 39

General Overview 39

General Directions 39

Elena Gallegos Picnic Area 39

Bear Canyon-Michial M. Emery Trailhead 44

Embudito Canyon and Open Space 46

Embudo Canyon and Open Space 51

Copper Trailhead Open Space 57

Three Gun Spring (Tres Pistolas) and HawkWatch Trails 62

Chapter 5 Sandia Mountains 68

General Overview 68

General Directions 68

Ojito de San Antonio Open Spac 69

Along the Sandia Crest Highway 73

Sulphur Canyon and Doc Long Picnic Areas 78

Cienega Canyon Picnic Area 82

Capulin Spring Picnic Area 86

Sandia Crest 90

Chapter 6 Manzanita and Manzano Mountains 97

General Overview 97

General Directions 98

Along the Manzanita and Manzano Mountains 98

Sandia Ranger District Visitor Center 103

Otero and Cedro Canyons 105

Tajique and Fourth of July Canyons 110

Capilla Peak and Manzano HawkWatch 114

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument-Quarai Unit 117

Chapter 7 Petroglyph National Monument 22

General Overview 122

Rinconada Canyon 122

Piedras Marcadas 126

Chapter 8 South of Albuquerque 131

General Overview 131

General Directions 131

Los Lunas River Park 132

Belen Marsh 135

Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area 138

Bernardo Wildlife Management Area 143

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge 147

Chapter 9 American Birding Association's Code of Birding Ethics 157

Annotated Checklist 161

Selected Resources 189

Index 191

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