Your Guide to Birding

in Eagle County

County Map Eagle County
Author(s):  Todd Deininger, Nathan Pieplow
County Seat: Eagle
Size: 1,690 square miles
Low Elevation: 6,125 ft. - Colorado River on the Mesa border
High Elevation: 14,005 ft. - Mount of the Holy Cross
Best Birds: Brown Pelican (1908), White-eyed Vireo (1992)
Checklist: Eagle County Checklist
Introduction: Most famous as the home of resort town Vail, Eagle County is also home to every West Slope habitat from redrock cliffs to sagebrush flats to spruce-fir, krummholz and tundra. Most birders drive through it on their way east or west, but Eagle County is good evidence that the middle's a great destination in itself.

This page is dedicated to the memory of Jack Merchant.

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Birding Sites

Blue Lake (El Jebel)
Habitat: Pond
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Habitat: Pond, Pinyon-Juniper Forest
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Catamount Recreation Site
Habitat: Lowland Riparian
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Cottonwood Pass Road
Habitat: Sagebrush, Scrub Oak Forest, Pond
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Deep Creek Recreation Area
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Scrub Oak Forest, Stream, Cliff Face
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Derby Mesa
Habitat: Aspen Grove, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Scrub Oak Forest
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Dotsero Ponds
Habitat: Pond
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Dotsero State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Scrub Oak Forest, Streamside Willow
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Frying Pan River Valley
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Spruce-Fir Forest, Foothill Shrub
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Gypsum Creek Road and Lede Reservoir
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Mountain Meadow, Pond
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Gypsum Ponds
Habitat: Pond
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Shrine Pass
Habitat: Stream, Streamside Willow, Aspen Grove, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Spruce-Fir Forest
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Spring Park Reservoir
Habitat: Reservoir
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Sylvan Lake State Park area
Habitat: Lake, Streamside Willow, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Aspen Grove, Spruce-Fir Forest
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Tigiwon Road
Habitat: Stream, Aspen Grove, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Spruce-Fir Forest
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Trail Gulch Road
Habitat: Sagebrush, Pinyon-Juniper Forest
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CBRC Accepted Records from Eagle County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Trumpeter Swan8-92-11411/30/1992
Trumpeter Swan1997-01311/18/1997
Trumpeter Swan2003-00612/30/2003
Brown Pelican1908-0017/ /1908
Glossy Ibis2000-0184/25/2000
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher2002-0895/17/2002
Least Flycatcher2003-0576/28/2003 - 7/7/2003
White-eyed Vireo51-92-369/18/1992
Gray Catbird2003-127 
Eastern Bluebird2001-0104/2/2000
Common Redpoll2002-0851/4/2002
Common Redpoll2013-004 12/30/2012
Common Redpoll2013-076 12/29/2012
Common Redpoll2013-022 01/03/2013
Cassia Crossbill2022-058 3 Aug 2022