Santa Fe Winter Vacations- Birds of Northern New Mexico

Mountain Bluejay

Mountain Bluejay

You might think late winter in Santa Fe lacks excitement for bird lovers. On the contrary; late Winter – early Spring birds seen in and around Santa Fe consist of colorful migrants and back yard birds. Considered “permanent range” for bluebirds like the Mountain Bluebird and Western bluebird, Santa Fe is a great place for these Northern New Mexico birds to stay put! They like fairly open habitat so you’ll spot bluebirds on the edges of town- a popular location is near El Dorado (south of downtown). Bluebirds group in winter months so if you spot them, they’ll be large numbers. Bluebirds work together to find steady sources of food (berries usually) and water (horse trough, heated bird bath, etc.)

Other spotting like that of the Grosbeaks have been seen in large flocks in and around Santa Fe this year. These yellow, white and black migratory bird’s movements are unpredictable but have been reported.



A ladder-backed woodpecker which exhibits rungs like that of a ladder (male has red on his head) have also been sited nearby and in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Local residents who supplement winter time bird feeding with sunflower seeds, nuts and suet help bring these lovely creatures to Santa Fe. However, birds are not dependent upon feeders. It’s only a fraction of their diet. In winter months, most bird’s food comes from natural sources like berries, old seeds (pinon, flowers, grasses) and larva.

Ladder Backed Woodpecker

Ladder Backed Woodpecker- Male




Birdwatching is but one enjoyable outdoor activity enjoyed by late Winter – Spring New Mexico travelers. Hiking, downhill skiing, snow shoeing, exploring ancient Indian ruins, historic villages or intriguing shops and galleries can be experienced in a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pueblo Bonito b&b inn welcomes visitors to our webpage or facebook page for information on Santa Fe Travel New Mexico ideas and current lodging rates and availability. We love our guests and we’d love to share a memorable Santa Fe experience with you too!



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