Your Guide to Birding

in Clear Creek County

County Map Clear Creek County
Author(s):  Nathan Pieplow, Andrew Spencer
County Seat: Georgetown
Size: 396 square miles
Low Elevation: 6,900 ft. - Clear Creek on the Jefferson border
High Elevation: 14,270 ft. - Grays Peak
Best Birds: White-throated Sparrow (2002-2003)
Checklist: Clear Creek County Checklist
Introduction: Sadly, Clear Creek County ain't what it used to be. This small mountain county just west of the Denver Metro area contains what used to be the best-known and most often visited spots in Colorado for ptarmigan and rosy-finches, not to mention the highest paved road in North America--but the Loveland Basin Ski Area has taken down the feeders that used to attract rosy-finces like supermagnets, and the county decided it could no longer afford the expense of paving the Guanella Pass road in winter, making the white winter ptarmigan a much harder bird to see. Despite these new difficulties, the mountain specialties can still be found in the county, although not as easily as before; and summer remains a great time to play and bird here in the high take heart, and see what you might be able to find!

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Clear Creek Canyon
Habitat: Cliff Face, Stream
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Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Streamside Willow, Aspen Grove
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Georgetown and Silver Plume
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Urban/Suburban, Stream, Mixed Conifer Forest
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Guanella Pass
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Stream, Streamside Willow, Alpine Tundra
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Idaho Springs
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Stream
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Loveland Basin Ski Area
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest
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Loveland Pass
Habitat: Alpine Tundra, Krummholz
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Mount Evans
Habitat: Stream, Cliff Face, Streamside Willow, Aspen Grove, Foothills Scrub, Ponderosa Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Spruce-Fir Forest, Krummholz, Alpine Tundra
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Mount Evans State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest
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St. Mary's Glacier
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Streamside Willow, Krummholz, Alpine Tundra
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CBRC Accepted Records from Clear Creek County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Rivoli’s Hummingbird2021-023 18 May 2021
Costa's Hummingbird2003-1237/11/2003
Brown Thrasher2015-117 10/08/2015
Eastern Bluebird2010-133 10/23/2010
Common Redpoll2013-137 02/03/2013
White-winged Crossbill56-75-70 8 Jun 1975
White-throated Sparrow2003-005 
Painted Bunting2003-0375/15/2003