Summer and Migratory Birds Continued
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Common along the Rio Grande in the summer, less common in spring and fall. Best place to see is marshy areas along the Rio but watch for rattlesnakes.
VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW (Tachycineta thalassina)
Common in the riparian and mesatop areas. Frequently seen nesting in Cottonwood Picnic Area and along the Nature Trail.
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus cinerascens)
Common in the summer, and less so in the spring, especially in the riparian areas.
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER (Polioptila caerulea)
Somewhat uncommon but can be seen in the park especially on the brushy mesas. Best trails to see them include Frijolito Loop Trail and Frey Trail.
SAY'S PHOEBE (Sayornis saya)
Common in the riparian areas of the park. Has been seen along the Main Loop and Nature Trails.
ROCK WREN (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Relatively common in the canyons especially Frijoles Canyon. Often seen in Tyuonyi or at Long House especially in spring and fall.
VIRGINIA'S WARBLER (Vermivora virginiae)
Common especially in the riparian areas.
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (Contopus cooperi)
Uncommon but has been seen on the Main Loop Trail.
PEREGRINE FALCON (Falco peregrinus)
Not common but has been seen and heard in the monument.
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (Icteria virens)
Relatively common along the Rio Grande.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
Common some years during migration.
BULLOCK'S ORIOLE (Icterus bullockii)
Uncommon but have been seen along the Rio Grande or in Frijoles Canyon.
WILSON'S WARBLER (Wilsonia pusilla)
Common in the riparian zones. Easiest to see in spring.
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (Vermivora celata)
KILLDEER (Charadrius vociferus)
Uncommon but has been seen along the Rio Grande and at the park sewer lagoons. More common on the adjacent Valles Caldera.
LEAST SANDPIPER (Calidris minutilla)
WILSON'S PHALAROPE (Phalaropus tricolor)
Rare but has been seen at the park's sewer lagoons during migration.
COMMON NIGHTHAWK (Chordeiles minor)
Uncommon but can be found on the dry mesatops such as Frijolito Loop Trail or the Burro Trail. Active mostly at night and well camouflaged for roosting on the ground.
SCALED QUAIL (Callipepla squamata)
Rare in Bandelier but has been seen near Tsankawi and the nearby town of White Rock.
Last updated: February 24, 2015