BIRDING IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS OF
There is no end to the activities you can find to do in the White Mountains during the summer months. Hiking, camping, fishing, exploring, and deck chair lounging are popular and the list goes on. Now there is something new! The White Mountains are slowly becoming known as a birding destination. The prime season for birding is June through September. June and July are the breeding months and the birds are more vocal and easier to spot. August and September is when you also catch glimpses of migratory birds as well as the local variety.
Local birders were kind enough to share with us some of the species and their locations. Some of the birds seen in the area are: Dusky Grouse, Pinyon Jays, Lewis’s Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Clarks Nutcrackers and American Dippers, to name a few. Some of the places recommended to look are: for Grouse- knolls such as Green’s Peak and Big Lake Lookout; all around Nutrioso for Lewis’s Woodpecker, and then there is the West Fork of the Little Colorado in Greer (a good place to find Dippers), South Fork of the Little Colorado, Sunrise Lake and campground, Grasslands Wildlife Area, Becker Lake, Luna Lake in Alpine, Terry Flats on Escudilla Mountain, Sipes Wildlife Area and Wenema Riparian Area. All within easy driving distance of Springerville-Eagar.
So, if birding is in your blood and you want to combine great sightings and a beautiful area to explore, then the eastern White Mountains are the place for you. Contact the Springerville-Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce for vacation packages and questions about the area. Also, look on this website for accommodations and places to dine while you’re here. When you arrive in the Round Valley area make the chamber office one of your first stops for information, maps, and directions. We are located at 418 E. Main St. in Springerville and are open 6 days a week from 8am-4pm. 928-333-2123