This county has mostly mountain habitat; however it does include a high park.
County Seat: Westcliffe (7,888')
Bird Checklist: 303 species
- 1.DeWeese Reservoir
This small reservoir attracts an occasional uncommon waterfowl and shorebird.
The surrounding forest has interesting owls and nesting birds.
There is free camping around western end of reservoir and surrounding forest.
The lake's checklist includes: Red Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Glossy Ibis,
White-eyed Vireo, Long-billed Curlew, Gray Flycatcher, Northern Waterthrush,
American Redstart, Townsend's Warbler, Prairie Warbler (rare, if not one time),
Short-billed Dowitcher, Surf Scoter, Common Loon, and Bonaparte's Gull.
- 2.St. Charles Trail & Spring Creek Trail
Located in San Isabel National Forest, the trail west of highway 69,
is a good place to search for Three-toed Woodpeckers.
There is free camping in the forest; drive south 0.1 miles on hwy 69,
turn east down the road to South Creek Trail. While camping here,
I have heard Flammulated Owls and Northern Saw-whet Owls.
Band-tailed Pigeons can also found here.
This area is good for Blue Grouse sightings early morning, late evening.
A Gem of a birding area. Isolated, far from any facilities.
- 3.Middle Taylor Creek Wildlife Area
A small WLA with mountain species and free camping.
Possible Saw-whet or Flammulated Owl.
Pine Grosbeak, Red Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak, and Cordilleran Flycatcher.
- 4.Hermit Pass Road
A 4-wheel vehicle is definitely needed to bird this location. It is a
fantastic place to bird however! First travel through Spruce-fir forests
with Aspen Groves and then above treeline. White-tailed Ptarmigan and
Rosy Finches are always a possibility. Look for usual suspects on the trip up.
Pine Grosbeak, Dusky Grouse, Evening Grosbeak, etc.
- 5.Ophir Creek Road & Campgrounds
I have found Dusky Grouse and Northern Saw-whet Owls while camping in the forest
west of campgrounds. Broad-tailed Hummingbirds nest at campgrounds.
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