Your Guide to Birding

in Dolores County

County Map Dolores County
Author(s):  Nathan Pieplow, Andrew Spencer
County Seat: Dove Creek
Size: 1,077 square miles
Low Elevation: 5,150 ft. - Cross Canyon in the SW spike
High Elevation: 14,246 ft. - Mount Wilson
Best Birds: Hooded Warbler (2001)
Checklist: Dolores County Checklist
Introduction: Dolores County. This remote western county is the farthest from Denver by car. It has every kind of scenery possible in SW Colorado, but it is probably one of the least explored counties in the state, and its bird potential remains largely untapped. The county has three distinct geographical areas, with the PJ canyons, sagebrush and agricultural fields in the west; the mid-elevation Ponderosa Pine and oak woodland in the central part of the county; and the high-country spruce-fir area in the east.

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Belmear Lake
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Black Mesa Area
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Mountain Meadow
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Bolam Pass Road
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Streamside Willow, Mountain Meadow
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Bug Point
Habitat: agricultural, sagebrush
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Cedar Point
Habitat: Sagebrush, Prairie/Grassland
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Cross Canyon
Habitat: Sagebrush, Pinyon-Juniper Forest
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Dolores Canyon
Habitat: Cliff Face, Rimrock/Mesa, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Stream, Lowland Riparian
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Dove Creek
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Lowland Riparian, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Dunton Road (FR 535)
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Streamside Willow, Wet Meadow, Mountain Meadow
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Ferris Reservoir
Habitat: Lake, Marsh, Mountain Meadow, Ponderosa Forest
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Fish Creek SWA
Habitat: riparian, aspen groves, ponderosa
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Forest Road 514 (Dolores County)
Habitat: Aspen Grove, Scrub Oak Forest, Mountain Meadow
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Glade Lake
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Ponderosa Forest, Wet Meadow
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Groundhog Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Aspen Grove, Wet Meadow, Mixed Conifer Forest
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Gunnison Sage-Grouse areas
Habitat: Sagebrush, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Grassland/Prairie
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Lone Dome State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Stream
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Navajo Lake Trail
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Aspen Grove, Stream, Streamside Willow, Mountain Meadow, Krummholz, Lake, Alpine Tundra
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Habitat: Mixed Conifer Forest, Stream, Streamside Willow
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Squaw Canyon
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Lowland Riparian, Sagebrush
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CBRC Accepted Records from Dolores County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Lesser Nighthawk2006-108 7/14/2006
Lesser Nighthawk2006-114 8/16/2006
Least Flycatcher2002-200 5/27/2001
Black Phoebe2002-201 4/27/2002
Clay-colored Sparrow2005-173 13 Sep 2005
White-throated Sparrow2006-022 3/4/2006
Hooded Warbler2001-0706/9/2001
Blackburnian Warbler2010-167 8/26/2010