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Birding Around Chiricahua National Monument
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Chiricahua National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument entrance sign

Overview

Chiricahua National Monument is located on the northwest side of the Chiricahua Mountains. The birding here isn't as good as places farther south (e.g., Cave Creek Area), but it can be good. Near the park entrance, look for grassland sparrows, Loggerhead Shrike, and hawks, and in the canyons and higher elevations, look for Mexican Jays, Dark-eyed Juncos, warblers, and other birds typical of the area.

During May and June, 2011, the Horseshoe Two Fire burned almost 350 square-miles in the Chiricahua Mountains, including much of the park. Considerable birding habitat remains, but much of the higher elevations were particularly well scorched in the park.

Link to the NPS website for information on visiting and camping in the National Monument. Link to Chiricahua Mountains Area Map or National Monument Map.

Chiricahua National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument entrance
Chiricahua National Monument
Grasslands and scattered trees provide habitat
Chiricahua National Monument
Check wires for grassland sparrows
Chiricahua National Monument
Check poles and trees for hawks (e.g., Swainson's Hawk)
Chiricahua National Monument
Bonita Canyon Campground
Chiricahua National Monument
Bonita Canyon Campground
Chiricahua National Monument
Bonita Canyon Campground with flush toilets
Chiricahua National Monument
Bonita Canyon Campground
Chiricahua National Monument
Bonita Canyon Campground
Chiricahua National Monument
Mexican Jay at drinking fountain
mexican jay
Mexican Jay in mid-elevation oaks
Chiricahua National Monument
Mexican Jay nest near Visitor Center
Chiricahua National Monument
Road at middle elevation with lots of birds in the trees
Chiricahua National Monument
Well-scorched higher elevations
Chiricahua National Monument
Shrubs at well-scorched higher elevations are growing back
Chiricahua National Monument
Mostly scorched higher elevations

Happy birding! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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