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Turtle Bay Park

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Turtle Bay Park
Socorro, New Mexico 87801
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Coordinates: 34.06761, -106.90894
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About Turtle Bay Park
Turtle Bay is a locally known birding spot that is not labeled or signed. It occupies several ponds located on the northwest corner of the New Mexico Tech Campus. Specifically, it is located at the eastern edge of the golf course at the northwest corner of Olive Lane and Canyon Drive.

At the northern edge of Socorro on California Street (US-60), located about 0.3 miles south of the on-ramp for I-25, go west onto Bullock Boulevard. Continue west on Bullock for 0.8 miles until the road bends to the south (left). At this point, the name of the road changes to Olive Lane. Continue another 400m around the curve and look for Macey Hall to the west (right). Park in one of the two parking lots on the west side of the road and walk to the ponds on the west side of Macey Hall.

Migration, especially during the spring, seems to bring many good vagrants to these trees surrounding the ponds. Each year, it seems several eastern warblers turn up in the trees that surround these ponds.
From Turtle Bay Park webpage