Bird-watching in Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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From warty-headed turkey vultures to svelte golden eagles, about 330 species of birds have been identified in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Ask for a checklist at the visitor center and then start looking for greater roadrunners, red-winged blackbirds, white-throated swifts, northern flickers, and pygmy nuthatches.
Rattlesnake Springs. Offering one of the best bird habitats in New Mexico, this is a natural wetland with old-growth cottonwoods. Because southern New Mexico is in the northernmost region of the Chihuahuan Desert, you're likely to see birds that can't be found anywhere else in the United States outside extreme southern Texas and Arizona. If you see a flash of crimson, you might have spotted a vermilion flycatcher. Wild turkeys also flap around this oasis, which also has a shaded picnic area. Potable water and permanent toilets are onsite. As elsewhere in the park, you are expected to leave a small footprint. Do not disturb, and if you pack it in, pack it out. Hwy. 418, 2½ mi west of U.S. 62/180, 5½ mi south of White's City, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM, 88220.
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