It seems like just about everything at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is in a hurry to get someplace else. Our fantastic birds are a primary example. The monument sits along a primary migratory flyway and because of this, birding is a popular and fantastic recreational opportunity.
More than 270 bird species have been recorded in the monument. The vast majority visit the Organ Pipe Cactus only while migrating, taking advantage of the desert’s seasonal flowers, fruits, and warm winters. There are 36 species of resident birds that can be found throughout Organ Pipe Cactus, from the oasis at Quitobaquito to the cliffs in Arch Canyon.
Some of the more common bird species sighted regularly at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument include:
While there is an opportunity to round out a birding “life list” anywhere in the monument’s borders, birders have best luck in these spots:
Kris Eggle Visitor Center:
Twin Peaks Campground:
Ajo Mountain Drive:
General Birding Tips:
Before starting out, stop to talk with a member of the staff at the visitor center. Usually, at least one birder is on duty and they may be able to fine-tune your trip. But most birders know that birding does not always mean finding.
Patience is the key. The longer you can look, the more likely you will find. And remember, most of our migratory birds are on their way to someplace else, just like our visitors who also move on to other destinations.
Last updated: April 29, 2021