532 bird species are listed by the state Ornithological Society.(as of Oct 2012). Accordingly, the state is rated fourth (behind Calif, Texas and Arizona) in most number of bird species/state.
The numerous bird species corresponds to the state's varied geography...ranging from deserts to mesas to snow-capped mountain peaks. Moreover, considerable areas are covered by forested mountain wilderness.
We are grateful to the many helpful park staff and other birders we met in these travels. And as usual, we failed to learn the names most of those we met, but we especially want to thank...
...Steve, Mary and Daniel Kuitens for pleasant conversation atop Sandia Peak.