Your Guide to Birding

in Elbert County

County Map Elbert County
Author(s):  Hugh Kingery, Mark Peterson, Nathan Pieplow, Andrew Spencer
County Seat: Kiowa
Size: 1,851 square miles
Low Elevation: 4,960 ft. - Beaver Creek on the Arapahoe border
High Elevation: 7,360 ft. - Elbert Rock
Best Birds: Thick-billed Kingbird (2004)
Checklist: Elbert County Checklist
Introduction: For being as close to Denver as it is, Elbert County gets very little birding traffic. Most of the county is high prairie rangeland, but there is quite a bit of ponderosa, especially in the southwest. Unfortunately, with the exception of one large intermittent reservoir, water is hard to come by, and bird diversity suffers accordingly. Nonetheless some good rarities have been reported from Elbert County, and such local specialties as Dickcissel and Cassin's Kingbird can also make it a worthwhile destination.

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Ball Reservoir
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Calkum Ranch
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Shelterbelt
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Comanche Creek Road (CR 61-69)
Habitat: Lowland Riparian
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Elbert Road and Elbert
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Park/Cemetery, Grassland/Prairie, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Lowland Riparian, Grassland/Prairie
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Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Park/Cemetery
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Kiowa area
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Grassland/Prairie, Lowland Riparian, Yucca
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Mi Tierra
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Ponderosa Forest
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Pond east of Kiowa
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Ponderosa Grove along CO 86
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest
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Ridge Road (CR 99 and CR 101)
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Ponderosa Forest
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Wilson Creek Crossing
Habitat: Lowland Riparian
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CBRC Accepted Records from Elbert County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Northern Saw-whet Owl2008-076 5/25/2008
Thick-billed Kingbird2004-0337/3/2004
Gray-cheeked Thrush2015-058 05/11/2015
White-winged Crossbill2014-106 02/08/2013
Mourning Warbler2015-059 05/11/2015