Spring Mountain Ranch State Park has a lot going for it. Situated in the shadow of the very popular Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, birders can enjoy their time observing nature in a smaller, less crowded venue.
With many small microclimates in one area, visitors can see a variety of birds in a short time. There are meadows, groves of trees and desert scrub. Birding in the early morning is suggested, before the summer outdoor yoga classes begin or families fire up the picnic grills for a perfect day out in nature.
Birding Basics visited the park on June 21st and saw 22 species of birds. Special treats included seeing colorful birds such as a Summer Tanager, a Yellow Warbler and a Lazuli Bunting. The group was also lucky to spot a Cooper's Hawk nest with three young, active birds waiting for lunch.