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Little Blue Heron Along Bear Creek at Double E Ranch  
A pair of Blue Heron have made their home nesting in the Cottonwood and Sycamore trees in Bear Creek Canyon at Double E Ranch.
 
   
Red Tail Hawk at Double  E Ranch
 
Red Tailed Hawk is a common sight among the open pinon scrub at Double E Ranch.
 
   
Sand Hill Crand Along the Gila River Near Double E Ranch
 
Twice a year, spring and fall, it is common to see the Sand Hill Crane use the Cliff/Gila area along the Gila River as their mid-migration stopping point.
 
   
Golden Eagles above the canyon along Bear Creek at Double E Ranch
 
Golden Eagle finds the perfect year round habitat at the Double E Ranch in the canyons along Bear Creek
 
   
Black Hawk Soars Above the Cottonwood Along Bear Creek at Double E Ranch  
A Black Hawk soars above the Cottonwood and Sycamore along Bear Creek at the Double E Ranch
 
   

Where can I find area Birding Habitat Near Double E Ranch?

Grant County offers a half-dozen major habitat types for birds and birders to enjoy. From mountain spruce and pine above 7000 feet to Sonoran desert, the county offers an incredible range of habitat and bird species. For a great summary of birding sites in New Mexico, visit the Southwest New Mexico Audubon Society's locales page.

Local Habitat can be found below.Bear Creek meanders along and through a mile of 360 private acres at Doubl E Ranch and is home to hundreds of migratory and indiginous birds. Giant cottonwood and sycamore trees, piñon, juniper and live oak trees provide the perfect habitat! Let us know what you see!

A wide array of bird fauna can also be found on the Gila National Forest, adjacent to Double E Ranch.

Approximately 339 bird species have been sighted. Of these, 166 species are known to breed on the forest, 114 are more-or-less regular non-breeders, and 57 are considered to be casual or accidental. The numerous species of birds found is largely related to the diverse ecological habitat found on the Gila and location on a migratory flight path.

In the forest, vegetation types range from spruce/fir forest high in the Mogollon Mountains to desert scrub and remnant grassland in the lower Burro Mountains. Small expanses of grassland are scattered in the higher ranges.

Generally, ponderosa pine is the dominant species at elevations between 6,000 and 7,000 feet. Somewhat higher, and in many canyons, is a mixed conifer forest typically dominated by Douglas-fir, often with Gambel's oak. Woodlands of pinion pine, juniper and oak, in varying combinations, are present on drier sites throughout the forest.

Riparian areas support rich deciduous or coniferous woodland and, locally, small areas of marsh or other open habitats. This great ecological diversity provides for a remarkably varied fauna.

Other birding opportunities include:

The last of the Southwest's free-flowing rivers: the Gila River and Bird Habitat Area,provides one of the highest concentration of endangered breeding species in the Northwest U.S. Good riparian birding may be found among the riparian woods and hillside scrub located along the Gila River and Bear Creek and supports a large number of animals and plants that include the Spikedace and Loach Minnow, both listed as federally endangered. The largest number of Willow Flycatcher in the southwest is located on private land, near Bear Creek and the Gila River. The Bird Area is located north of Silver City on US 180, near Cliff, on the Bill Evans Lake Road. Follow the paved road past the Lake turning and continue onto the dirt section 1.5 miles. The drive is a short 20 minutes.

Cherry Creek and McMillan Campgrounds


Superb birding is found in the deciduous and coniferous riparian woodland nestled in ponderosa pine forest. Cherry Creek and McMillan are located on NM 15 approx. 15 miles north of Silver City.

Fort Bayard Historic District


Various habitats of riparian, oak, pinon-juniper, ponderosa pine woodland and grassland areas provide diverse habitats for many bird species. Follow US 180 to St. Clara and turn onto the Fort Bayard Medical Center access road. Pass the hospital complex by taking the right fork. Follow Forest Road 536 to the Fort Bayard Administrative Site Trailhead. Parking is 1/10 mile west of the junction of forest Roads 536 and 929.

  Montezuma Quail found at Double E Ranch   Merriams Turkey
 
Montezuma Quail make their home in the scrub at Double E Ranch
 
Merriams Tom Turkey during the April courting season at Double E Ranch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated: January 2019

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