Your Guide to Birding

in Delta County

County Map Delta County
Author(s):  Jason Beason
County Seat: Delta
Size: 1,141 square miles
Low Elevation: 4,725 ft. - Gunnison River on the Mesa border
High Elevation: 11,396 ft. - Mount Lamborn
Best Birds: Painted Redstart (1967), Anna's Hummingbird (1996)
Checklist: Delta County Checklist
Introduction: Delta County hosts many habitat types from desert to high-elevation Spruce-Fir. Extensive Riparian habitat with public access also exist in the county, primarily at the Gunnison and Uncompahgre River confluence. Public lands in the form of national forests and BLM lands are easy to access throughout the county.

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Baxter Reservoir
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Confluence Park
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Lowland Riparian, Marsh
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Crawford State Recreation Area
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Escalante Canyon
Habitat: Rimrock/Mesa, Lowland Riparian, Pinyon/Juniper Forest
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Escalante State Wildlife Area (eastern tracts)
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Marsh, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt
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Fruitgrowers Reservoir (Hart's Basin)
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Sagebrush, Marsh
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Grand Mesa (south)
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Aspen Grove, Scrub-Oak Forest, Foothill Shrub
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Gunnison River Bank Swallow colony
Habitat: Stream
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Hotchkiss Federal Fish Hatchery
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Cliff Face, Stream
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Peach Valley (CR 24.50)
Habitat: Sagebrush
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Sweitzer Lake State Park
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Marsh
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CBRC Accepted Records from Delta County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Eurasian Wigeon8-73-105/4/1971
Eurasian Wigeon8-93-1203/29/1993
Eurasian Wigeon1999-0232/11/1999
Surf Scoter2000-024 
Common Ground Dove2016-022 05/13/2015
Rivoli’s Hummingbird2001-0678/2/2001
Anna's HummingbirdN-31-48/28/1966 - 9/9/1966
Calliope Hummingbird2010-18925 Jul 2010
Snowy Plover18-86-33 13-14 Apr 1986
Whimbrel2013-252 05/20/2000
White-rumped Sandpiper2003-1406/6/2003
Short-billed Dowitcher19-84-339/19/1984
Short-billed Dowitcher19-93-1155/8/1988
Short-billed Dowitcher1997-0308/18/1995
Red Phalarope2005-110 10/14/2005
Red Phalarope2008-117 10/5/2008
Least Tern23-80-54 11-20 May 1980
Least Tern23-86-17 29 Apr 1986
Least Tern23-93-116 28 Apr 1988
Least Tern1995-109 30 Apr 1995
Red-throated Loon2008-127 10/26/2008
Pacific Loon2004-002 11/10/2001
Neotropic Cormorant4-85-5210/31/1985
Brown Pelican3-95-67/9/1995 - 8/18/1995
Little Blue Heron5-84-4711/1/1984
Little Blue Heron5-93-1134/26/1988
Glossy Ibis7-86-103/27/1986
Common Black Hawk2009-050 6/12/2009
Common Black Hawk2011-093 6/23/2011
Common Black Hawk2013-249 04/05/2013
Black Phoebe2007-019 4/7/2007
Winter Wren2002-20611/15/2002
Varied Thrush2007-108 12/24/2007
Common Redpoll2014-043 12/19/2012
Common Redpoll2014-103 01/07/2013
Cassin's Sparrow2011-097 7/5/2011 - 7/7/2011
Field Sparrow56-87-39 13 Nov 1987
Fox Sparrow (Red)2009-096 12/9/2009
Orchard Oriole2001-0125/20/2001
Northern Parula2005-129 11/26/2005
Painted Redstart52-74-1795/26/1967 - 5/31/1967
Scarlet Tanager2016-065 25 - 27 May 2016
Rose-breasted Grosbeak2005-017 4/11/2005
Painted Bunting1998-1563/23/1998
Dickcissel2011-187 6/22/2011 - 6/24/2011