Although Hovenweep may not be known for birding, the park has a variety of birds, from the black-chinned hummingbird to the common raven. Over 100 species of birds call Hovenweep home or travel through the monument during migration.
Where to Bird Watch
For smaller birds, look among the pinyon-juniper-sage cover or on the ground around vegetation. Larger birds – especially raptors - can be seen flying or perched on a tree or rock that gives them a good view of the surrounding landscape.
In the bottom of canyons, water and riparian plants attract birds not normally found in the high desert. The natural quiet of Hovenweep allows the many bird songs to drift through the canyon. You may even be startled by small birds making lots of noise in the brush as they scavenge for insects and seeds in ground litter (leaves, twigs, grasses). How to Bird
Basic birding etiquette:
Tread lightly and quietly – birds may spook easily
Don’t feed the birds to try to get them to come to you
Please refrain from using recorded bird calls to elicit responses
Books about Birds
Books and other materials on birds are available for purchase in the visitor center bookstore.