Guadalupe Mountains National Park Birding Sites

Pine Springs, Texas

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The park encompasses 86,416 acres of Guadalupe Peak (the highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet) and its adjacent ridges, canyons, and desertscape. Visitor centers are located at Pine Springs and McKittrick Canyon. Approximately 90 miles of trails provide access to the high peaks, deep canyons, and various springs. The Guadalupe Mountains are a section of the Capitan Reef, the most extensive fossil reef of Permian age on record. Key Birds: Golden Eagle; Wild Turkey; Scaled and Montezuma Quail; Spotted Owl; Acorn Woodpecker; Steller’s Jay; Western Scrub-Jay; Common Raven; Mountain Chickadee; Juniper (Plain) Titmouse; Pygmy Nuthatch; Cactus, Rock, and Canyon Wrens; Western Bluebird; Crissal and Curve-billed Thrashers; Pyrrhuloxia; Canyon Towhee; Rufous-crowned and Black-chinned Sparrows; and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Zone-tailed Hawk; Peregrine Falcon; Common Poorwill; Band-tailed Pigeon; Elf, Flammulated, and Northern Sawwhet Owls; Common Poorwill; Whip-poor-will; White-throated Swift; Blue-throated, Magnificent, and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds; Black Phoebe; Cordilleran Flycatcher; Cassin’s Kingbird; Violet-green Swallow; Hutton’s and Gray Vireos; Virginia’s and Grace’s Warblers; Hepatic and Western Tanagers; Black-headed Grosbeak; Green-tailed Towhee; Cassin’s Sparrow; and Scott’s Oriole occur in summer.
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by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)

The park encompasses 86,416 acres of Guadalupe Peak (the highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet) and its adjacent ridges, canyons, and desertscape. Visitor centers are located at Pine Springs and McKittrick Canyon. Approximately 90 miles of trails provide access to the high peaks, deep canyons, and various springs. The Guadalupe Mountains are a section of the Capitan Reef, the most extensive fossil reef of Permian age on record.

Key Birds: Golden Eagle; Wild Turkey; Scaled and Montezuma Quail; Spotted Owl; Acorn Woodpecker; Steller’s Jay; Western Scrub-Jay; Common Raven; Mountain Chickadee; Juniper (Plain) Titmouse; Pygmy Nuthatch; Cactus, Rock, and Canyon Wrens; Western Bluebird; Crissal and Curve-billed Thrashers; Pyrrhuloxia; Canyon Towhee; Rufous-crowned and Black-chinned Sparrows; and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Zone-tailed Hawk; Peregrine Falcon; Common Poorwill; Band-tailed Pigeon; Elf, Flammulated, and Northern Sawwhet Owls; Common Poorwill; Whip-poor-will; White-throated Swift; Blue-throated, Magnificent, and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds; Black Phoebe; Cordilleran Flycatcher; Cassin’s Kingbird; Violet-green Swallow; Hutton’s and Gray Vireos; Virginia’s and Grace’s Warblers; Hepatic and Western Tanagers; Black-headed Grosbeak; Green-tailed Towhee; Cassin’s Sparrow; and Scott’s Oriole occur in summer.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Pine Springs
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities; November to March for winter birds
Local Contacts: Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Guadalupe Mountains National Park Birding Sites

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