• Bandelier Short-horned Lizard

    Bandelier

    National Monument New Mexico

Birds

western tanager

Western Tanagers are summer residents of the park.

NPS Photo by Sally King

Birds add color, movement, and sound to all areas of Bandelier National Monument. Birds such as Steller's Jays, Canyon Towhees, and Mountain Chickadees stay year-round whereas Turkey Vultures, Western Tanagers, and Black-headed Grosbeaks are "summer only" residents. Sandhill Cranes rarely land in the park but make their presence known each fall and spring as they migrate overhead.

If you are looking for a specific bird, it is important to know the habitat it likes. Some birds are common only in the park's lush riparian areas while others prefer the drier mesatops.

 
spotted towhee
Spotted Towhees can be seen in Frijoles Canyon but are more likely to be found on the open scrubby mesatops.
NPS Photo by Sally King
 
golden-crowned kinglet
In the winter of 2006 there were many mixed flocks, that included Golden-crowned Kinglets, in Frijoles Canyon.
NPS Photo by Sally King
 

Did You Know?

Mule Deer Fawn

Mule deer fawns only keep their spots for the first several months of life. These spots provide camouflage for the young animals when their mothers must leave them to feed.