Bird Watch

For the bird enthusiasts in your group, we’ve collected a list of some nearby birding hotspots to check out. Greer itself also offers a large variety of beautiful bird species for you to hear and see if you’d like to enjoy some birding here in town.

Be ready with your:

  • field guide
  • binoculars
  • details for the area from the state/national parks
  • water/snacks
  • sunscreen
  • small first aid kit (you might forget to watch where your feet are going with your eyes on the sky)

Greer

Birds you might happen upon:

  • American Dipper
  • Band-tailed Pigeon
  • Clark's Nutcracker
  • Double-crested Cormorants
  • Dusky Flycatcher
  • Dusky (Blue) Grouse
  • Grace’s Warbler
  • House Wren
  • MacGillivray’s Warbler
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Olive Flycatcher
  • Olive Warbler (rare)
  • Osprey
  • Plumbeous Vireo
  • Pygmy Nuthatch
  • Red-faced Warbler
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • Song Sparrow
  • Three-toed Woodpecker (rare)
  • Virginia’s Warbler
  • Williamson’s Sapsucker
  • Willow Flycatcher
  • Woodpecker
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler

Wenima Wildlife Area
How to get there: Travel on Highway 60 a couple miles west out of Springerville. At the junction of highways 60 and 180/191, drive .25 miles north on Highway 180/191 and turn right onto the graded dirt road going northeast. After 1.5 miles, the graded road drops into the Little Colorado River canyon corridor.

Notes: Birding here is best in Spring, Summer, and Fall, though there are still beautiful Mountain and Western Bluebirds during Winter.

Birds you might happen upon:

  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Golden Eagle
  • Gray Catbird
  • Green Heron
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Raptors
  • Sora
  • Yellow-breasted Chat

Becker Lake Wildlife Area

How to get there: Head 2 miles northwest of Springerville in the Arizona White Mountains, off the west side of Highway 60.

Notes: Birding at Becker Lake is best during late Summer and Fall, although there are stunning birds like the Bald Eagle also present during Winter.

Birds you might happen upon:

  • American Kestrel
  • Killdeer
  • Lewis’ Woodpeckers
  • Northern Harrier
  • Osprey
  • Red-winged Blackbirds
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Sparrows
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Yellow-headed Blackbirds

South Fork of Little Colorado River

How to get there: From the stoplight in Eagar, drive west on Highway 260 about 5.5 miles to milepost 390.7. Turn left (south) onto the road heading into South Fork. Follow signs to the South Fork Campground.

Birds you might happen upon:

  • American Dipper
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Clark’s Nutcrackers
  • Golden-crowned Kinglets
  • Grace’s Warbler
  • Gray Catbird
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Montezuma Quail
  • Northern Pygmy-Owl
  • Pinyon Jay
  • Plumbeous Vireo
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • Red-faced Warbler
  • Virginia’s Warbler
  • Western Tanager
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler

Forest Road 117

How to get there: Drive west on Highway 260 from Eagar to Forest Road 117. The mixed conifer habitat along Forest Road 117 is excellent for birding.

Birds you might happen upon:

  • Clark's Nutcracker
  • Dusky (Blue) Grouse
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Gray Jay
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • Three-toed Woodpecker
  • Williamson's Sapsucker

Highway 273 area

How to get there:

Drive west on Highway 260 from Eagar and turn left on Highway 273 (which leads past Sunrise Ski Area and Sunrise Lake on the White Mountain Apache Reservation.) Keep your ears and eyes peeled for bird activity.

You can also continue on Highway 273 until it becomes Forest Road 113, and travel to the Sheep Crossing recreation area. The Lee Valley Reservoir between Sheep Crossing and Gabaldon Campground is also excellent for birding, as is Gabaldon Campground itself.

Note: A pass is required if you want to bird on the Reservation.

Birds you might happen upon:

  • Dusky Grouse
  • Gray Jay
  • Kinglets
  • Lincoln's Sparrows
  • Olive Flycatcher
  • Orange-Crowned Warblers
  • Osprey
  • Red Crossbills
  • Savannah Sparrows
  • Three-toed Woodpeckers

 

Directions provided by

AZ Wildlife Trails

Visit Arizona

and White Mountain Audubon