Birds of Pitchfork Ranch

Dale Zimmerman maintains the ranch bird list with more than 150 birds, many of which are considered by Partners in Flight to be “species of Continental Importance” by the North American Landbird Conservation plan of 2004. The birds below, photographed by Silver City’s Elroy Limmer, are all found on the Pitchfork.

Cassin's Finch


Cactus Wren

Crissal Thrasher

Bridled Titmouse

Cinnamon Teal

American Bushtit

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Prairie Falcon

Curve-billed Thrasher

Black-throated Sparrow

Woodhouse's Scrub Jay

Dark-eyed Junco

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Barn Swallow

American Robin

Black-headed Grosbeak

Barn Owl

Bullock's Oriole

Great-blue Heron

Great-horned Owl

Gambel's Quail

Gray-breasted Jay

Hooded Oriole

American Kestrel

Green-tailed Towhee

Cooper's Hawk

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Red-tailed Hawk


Great-blue heron atop one of our earlier, hand-made with PVC escape ramps, long-sense replaced with those shown below

Bald Eagle


White-breasted Nuthatch

White-crowned Sparrow

Spotted Towhee

Greater Roadrunner

Pine Siskin

Western Tanager

Say's Phoebe

Rufous Hummer


Red-naped Sapsucker

Vermilion Flycatcher

Red-shafted Flicker

Lesser Black-backed Goldfinch


Western Meadowlark


Turkey Vulture

On the left, an accomplished photographer not of the ranch captured the flight pattern of the Turkey vulture and below, these are regurgitated Turkey vulture pellets that for some inexplicable reason Cinda likes to gather and save. We have several dozen Turkey vultures that bed down in the giant Cottonwood tree in front of the headquarters. They headed south October 20, 2020 and will return March 22, 2021. The return date was told to us by neighbor Gerry Billings who lived here for 10-12 years and his precise arrival date has proven correct.

Gamble’s Quail have discovered this bird feeder hanging over the front yard from the 90-yearold Freemont cottonwood tree and typically visit twice daily, usually around 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.