Feathered Friends

Cedar waxwing

Nearly 300 species of birds have been recorded on the refuge.   


Birding is especially popular on the refuge during the spring and fall migration (March through May; September through November) when regular migrants and rarities visit the refuge. Point of Rocks is a birder's delight with Red-naped Sapsucker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Cedar Waxwing and perhaps the Yellow-billed cuckoo, Vaux's swift, Tennessee warbler, ovenbird, Northern waterthrush, White-throated sparrow and various species of swallows. Crystal Reservoir is the best place to see resident and migratory shorebirds and waterfowl such as Tundra swan, American white-pelican, Double-crested cormorant, Great and Snowy egrets, and sandpipers.   


Resident Birds

Keep on the look-out for our resident birds such as Gambel's quail, roadrunner, verdin, Bewick's and Rock wren, Black-tailed gnatcatcher, Northern mockingbird, Crissal Thrasher, Phainopepla and Lesser goldfinch. Virginia Rails and Soras may be occasionally sighted along the spring at Point of Rocks and raptors seen in the area include Golden eagle, Prairie falcon, Red-tailed or Cooper hawks. The Phainopepla, with its brilliant red eyes and spiky black crest, is a favorite of beginning birders and they are a common sight along the Crystal Spring boardwalk in the spring, summer and fall.


eBird Trail Tracker

See what birds have been sighted in the last 30 days and where they were seen. Add your own observations using eBird. Click here for more information.