Mesa Verde National Park Travel Guide
Turkey vultures soar between April and October, and large flocks of ravens hang around all summer. Among the park's other large birds are red-tailed hawks, great horned owls, and a few golden eagles. The Steller's jay (the male looks like a blue jay with a dark hat on) frequently pierces the pinyon-juniper forest with its cries, and hummingbirds dart from flower to flower in the summer and fall. Any visit to cliff dwellings late in the day will include frolicking white-throated swifts, which make their home in rock crevices overhead. Pick up a copy of the park’s "Checklist of the Birds" brochure or visit the National Park Service's website (www.nps.gov/meve/planyourvisit/birdwatching.htm) for a detailed listing of the feathered inhabitants here.