than 300 species of birds have been recorded in the Anza-Borrego region.
Anza-Borrego's wide range of elevations, from close to sea level
in the east to 6,200 feet in the mountain peaks, has created a
great diversity of habitat for birds. Many of these birds, like the Swainson's Hawk
and seasonal songbirds are here only briefly during their seasonal migration.
Other species are found here throughout the year.
Check our activities calendar
: during the southwest desert season (October - April) ABDNHA
offers regular birding walks in the Borrego Springs and
Anza-Borrego area as well as guided birding trips to the Salton
Guide to the Birds of the Anza-Borrego Desert is an
excellent guidebook on birding locations in Anza-Borrego.
It provides detailed information about specific locations, habitat
information, and listings of birds that may be sighted in each
of the areas, taking the data from prior bird counts.
Birds in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
is a comprehensive list of species seen in Anza-Borrego,
with the seasons of the year when they are likely seen,
and their habitat.
Both publications are
available in the ABDNHA Desert Nature Center, 652 Palm
Canyon Road, in Borrego Springs.
Guide to the Birds of the Anza-Borrego Desert is available
Also see our Bird Photo
Gallery (below on this page) and
don't be too shy to visit
"Desert Birds for Kids" to see and hear more from the most
common desert birds.
|Birding Hot Spots
||Located right along the Elsinore Fault,
water seeps up into the desert in this area, creating
thickets of green, providing cover, nesting sites, and
food sources. The very nice hot springs also makes
Agua Caliente a nice place for the birders to enjoy a
|Lower Willows in Coyote Canyon
riparian habitat here attracts birds that are unusual
for the desert environment. This is a good place
to be during a migration wave in Springtime.
- Tamarisk Grove
||This area near the Tamarisk Campground
offers access to several different habitat types, San
Felipe Wash with vegetation typical of a desert wash,
Yaqui ridge, with desert shrubs, the Cactus Loop Trail,
with a good variety of cactus, and nearby Yaqui Well, a
seep with old cottonwood trees and dense shrubs.
Tamarisk grove is a good location to spot barn owls.
Mountain Palm Springs
||Approximately three mile trail in the
southern part of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park that
leads to several groves of native California fan palms
Bow Willow Canyon
||Bow Willow is a usually dry wash that
drains from the In-Ko-Pah Mountains. This is
excellent habitat for desert willow and there are many
side trails that lead to palm groves.
Palm Canyon near Borrego Springs
||The Borrego Palm Canyon trail starts in
the state park's main campground, about two miles west
of Borrego Springs. It is the most popular hiking trail
in the park. The trees and desert vegetation
around the campground at the starting point of the trail
make for a good birding area and the palm oasis at the
other end of the trail offers water, seeps, and a native
California fan palm environment.
||There are many locations good for
birding in Borrego Springs, particularly transition
zones where desert vegetation meets irrigated "green
zones", along the edges of RV parks, golf courses, and
other places that offer birds good cover, waterm sources
of food, and nesting locations.
Borrego Hawk Watch
||Good Viewing sites along Di Giorgio and
Borrego Valley Roads. March is prime time.
As many as 500 Swainson's Hawks are sometimes spotted
per day during peak migration periods.
The Salton Sea
||No, it's not quite in Borrego springs,
but it is very close, and it's one of the best winter
birding locations in all of the U.S. Would you
like to see some Burrowning owls? They are just
about guaranteed on a trip to the agricultural fields
south of the sea.
Borrego Hawk Watch
How the Hawkwatch was Started
Big Year Borrego Birding list
View Christmas Bird Count 2014