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Welcome to Sierra County! Birding Pt 6

Posted December 14, 2013

Percha Dam State Park:  20 miles south of T or C on Hwy 187 or Exit 59 off I-25.  This park acts as a migrant trap along the Rio Grande and is considered to be the best birding site for land birds along the entire river.  The Park can be spectacular during migration "I've seen the trees dripping with warblers"...Jerry Oldenettel, avid birder and ABA member.  In early May look for Warblers, Buntings, Tanagers, Sparrows and Vermilion Flycatcher.  Mid April to mid May and late august through September are peak migration periods.  Spring and fall bring species such as White-Throated Swift, Olive-Sided Flycatcher, Savannah Sparrow, Lark Bunting, Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Black and White Warbler, American Redstart and Nashville Warbler just to name a few.  "The river is a lifeline for migrating and nesting birds, and the surrounding desert only concentrates the birds for us"...Art Arenholz, member ABA and Audubon Society.  A must see!!  

Welcome to Sierra County! Birding Pt 5

Posted December 13, 2013

Caballo Lake State Park: Exit 59 off of I-25 or 15 miles south of 

T or C along Hwy 187. Known as the best site for gulls in the state, the northern end of this lake offers water and short birding opportunities which are excellent in winter and during migration seasons of spring and fall. A nominal entrance fee is required and a spotting scope or boat will make this a rewarding stop. Look for Western and Clarks Grebes, Double-Crested and Neotropic Cormorants and White Pelicans. Check with the Visitor Center for a complete bird list. 575-743-3942

Welcome to Sierra County! Birding Pt 4

Posted December 12, 2013

Welcome to Sierra County...Birding Pt. 4
Paseo Del Rio State Park: Exit 79 or 75 off of I-25 two miles east of T or C on Highway 51. This riparian canyon south of Elephant Butte Dam features the Rio Grande River as well as upland scrub.This pocket park is underutilized and locals consider it to be a real treasure. Look for Bell's Vireo, Northern Parula, Phainopepla, pyrrhuloxia, Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Gambles Quail, Killdeer, american Coot, Gadwall and Hooded Merganser.
 

 

Welcome to Sierra County! Birding Pt 3..Elephant Butte Lake

Posted December 9, 2013

Elephant Butte Lake State Park:  Exit 83 or 79 off I-25.  Best birded between September and early May.  Featuring deep water species and shore birds with North Monticello Point on the lake as the best birding spot.  Look for Foster's and Black Terns, Willets and Marbled Godwits, Spotted Sandpipers and Long-Billed Curlew, Western and Clarks Grebes and White Pelicans to name a few.  A nominal fee is required to enter the State Park.  The visitor Center located on Highway 195 in Elephant Butte can provide a bird list, maps, directions to various birding spots along the shoreline and boat rental information.  Call 575-744-5421

Welcome to Sierra County! Birding Pt 2

Posted December 8, 2013

Welcome to Sierra County, Birding Pt. 2
 
Water Canyon-16 miles west of Socorro on Highway 60.  Turn left past mile marker 124 and proceed about 6 miles to campground.  Desert grassland at 4,600 feet to Montane Forest, 10,000 feet, provide a broad range of habitats for a wide variety of land birds.  New Mexico Bird Finding Guide says "Water Canyon is especially well known as the northeastern most reliable breeding site for red-faced warblers" (late April to August).  Look for Black-Throated Sparrow, Scaled Quail, Curve-Billed and Crissal Thrashers in the grasslands and Western and Mountain Bluebirds, Say's Phoebe, Ash-Throated Flycather in the Pinon-Juniper zone and higher up the Black-Throated Gray Warbler, Western Tanager, Graces' Warbler, Hermit Thrush and the Red-Faced Warbler...just to name a few.  May through July in Water Canyon is an outstanding site for nocturnal birds such as the Flammulated Owl, Western Screech Owl, Whip-Poor-Will and Common Poorwill.  A must see!  Call 575-854-2381

Welcome to Sierra County! Birding Pt 1

Posted December 7, 2013

Birding in Sierra & Socorro Counties...over 400 of the state's 502 bird species!!  We will spend several blogs dedicated to birding in our area!

"The Box"..on the way to Water Canyon - 7.5 miles west of Socorro on Highway 60 near mile marker 131.5..on the dirt road past bridge, turn south and bear left at fork in the dirt road.  Look for Scott's Oriole, Gray Vireo, Rufous-Crowned Sparrow, Montezuma Quail, Canyon Wren and Canyon Towhee.

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted December 5, 2013

Holiday events are starting!

12/13/2013Old-Fashioned Christmas6-9pm, Downtown Truth or ConsequencesThe evening begins with the annual Christmas Tree lighting in Evelyn Renfro park, after which all can enjoy bonfires, carolers and other performers, and holiday refreshments in downtown T or C. A Live Nativity is at the Baptist Church; businesses are open for holiday shopping; and - ho ho ho - Santa Claus takes requests from the kiddies! Sponsored by MainStreet Truth or Consequences.Cost: free.Contact: Truth or Consequences MainStreet, promotions@torcmainstreet.org.http://www.torcmainstreet.org

 

12/14/2013

Elephant Butte Luminaria Beachwalkdusk, Elephant Butte Lake State ParkA festive annual event, sponsored by the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce, featuring free refreshments at approximately 25 campsites situated along sandy beach paths lit by 4000 luminarias. There will be hayrides, a boat and RV lighting contest, caroling, and of course an appearance by Santa. The EB Rotary Club will be taking donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation on NM at their campsite. Guests should enter through the main entrance of Elephant Butte Lake State Park. The Luminaria Walk is sponsored by the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce. Awards ceremony and Christmas party follows at the Elephant Butte Inn.  Band, Cactus Flats, will be playing.Cost: park entrance fee.Contact: Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce, Kim Skinner, 575-740-1777.http://elephantbuttechamberofcommerce.com

12/14/2013Second Saturday Art Hop - December6-9pm, Downtown T or CGalleries, studios, shops and restaurants are open late on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Check the MainStreet Truth or Consequences website for info on opening exhibits and special events.Cost: free.Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences, promotions@torcmainstreet.org.http://torcmainstreet.org/hop/



12/14/2013

Elephant Butte Christmas Arts an Crafts Show9am-3pm, Elephant Butte Community Center, 313 Rio Grande Circle, Elephant ButteElephant Butte Art and Craft Sale has a special variety of items for your Holiday shopping. Fine art, silver jewelry, pecans, gourd art, paintings, hand painted ceramics, yard art, and wonderful food. Do your last minute shopping with us and enjoy our local artists wonderful work. That's the second Saturday in December.Cost: free.Contact: Elephant Butte Christmas Artsand Craft Show, Steph Ross, 575-740-3971,srfoxie@gmail.com.



12/15/2013

Regular Main Stream Square Dancing2 - 4 pm, Moose Lodge dining room, 202 W. Smith St, Truth or ConsequencesSundays,check it out - free Tips & Tunes dance from 2pm-2:45pm - no experience required. There are lots of "angels" to help you learn. From 2:45pm-4pm is our weekly Club mainstream square dance open to the public. Come alone, as a couple, or a family. Need not be a member of the Moose to come and dance or just watch the fun. Call ahead to be sure the venue has not been temporarily changed. No charge for Tips & Tunes or to watch. $3.00 per person to danceContact: The Sierra Twirlers Square Dance Club of T or C, Carole Wheeler, 575-313-9971,randcintennessee@msn.com.

Welcome to Sierra County! Riverbend Hot Springs

Posted December 2, 2013

New Mexico's only hot springs spa on the banks of the Rio Grande River..

Located in the historic town of Truth or Consequences and near Spaceport America, Riverbend is an affordable, smoke free, hot springs resort and spa, where their guests can relax in a beautiful, laid back environment.  Riverbend is known as one of the best hot springs in the southwest for its clean, comfortable pools and its unmatched views of the Rio Grande River and Turtleback Mountain.  They feature public and private pools of temperatures between 101 - 108 degrees.  

Contact : 575-894-SOAK (7625)

www.riverbendhotsprings.com

Welcome to Sierra County! Lago Rico Inc. Pt. 3

Posted December 1, 2013

The third (and last) marina owned by Lago Rico Inc. is Rock Canyon Marina.  It is located down Rock Canyon road off  highway 195.  Aqua lodges and pontoons are available for rent.  As with the other Marinas, fuel for boats and boaters is available.  There is a convenient loading dock and the Rock Canyon Service Center.  Rock Canyon Marina is home port for  many sailboats and starting point for most regattas including the annual Race to the Elephant.  Night fishing is available Memorial Day through Labor Day.  For more information visit www.rockcanyonmarina.com

For Aqua lodge rentals call 575-744-5462

Welcome to Sierra County! Lago Rico Inc. Pt. 2

Posted November 29, 2013

The second marina owned by Lago Rico Inc. on Elephant Butte Lake is the Dam Site Marina.  The Dam Site Marina has a number of features to enhance your next lake vacation.  Nestled in a charming cove, the Marino offers a place to refuel boats as well as thirsty boaters.  Behind Elephant Butte, the land formation from which the lake takes its name, this marina rents kayaks and paddle boats.  Lodging on the lake includes rustic cabins and the historic Lodge.  More information is available at www.thedamsite.com
 

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