Your Guide to Birding

in Fremont County

County Map Fremont County
Author(s):  SeEtta Moss, Mark Peterson
County Seat: Canon City
Size: 1,538 square miles
Low Elevation: 4,944 ft. - Arkansas River on the Pueblo border
High Elevation: 13,105 ft. - Bushnell Peak
Best Birds: Phainopepla (1989 & 1998), Painted Redstart (2007)
Checklist: Fremont County Checklist
Introduction: Often sadly neglected in favor of its large neighbor Pueblo, Fremont County contains all of the habitats present in that awesome birding county, minus perhaps high-quality prairie. But Fremont has certain habitats in large abundance that Pueblo lacks, especially higher-elevation habitats such as spruce-fir woodland and alpine tundra (though the latter is hard to access). Fremont County is also one of those special counties where many species reach the limit of their range, including Greater Roadrunner, Ladder-backed Woodpecker and Rufous-crowned Sparrow at the NW edge of their range in the state and Gray Flycatcher at the NE edge of its range.

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Beaver Creek State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Aspen Grove, Mountain Meadow
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Brush Hollow Reservoir and State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Reservoir, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Cholla
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Canon City Riverwalk
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Urban/Suburban
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Habitat: Marsh, Urban/Suburban
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Hayden Creek Campground
Habitat: Mixed-Conifer Forest, Pinyon-Juniper Forest
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Phantom Canyon
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Lowland Riparian, Mixed-Conifer Forest
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Red Canyon Park
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa
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Shelf Road
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Lowland Riparian, Mixed-Conifer Forest
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Temple Canyon Park
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Ponderosa Forest, Rimrock/Mesa
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Texas Creek
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest
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Tunnel Drive
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Cholla
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CBRC Accepted Records from Fremont County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Trumpeter Swan8-84-1212/13/1983 - 12/14/1983
Eurasian Wigeon2012-214 12/30/2012
Eurasian Wigeon2015-008 01/25/2015
Eurasian Wigeon2018-005 01/05/2018
Long-tailed Duck2013-104 01/20/2012
Eurasian Collared-Dove2000-07312/17/2000
Mexican Whip-poor-will2020-019 6 May 2020
White-throated Swift2016-106 12/30/2016
Ruby-throated Hummingbird2015-129 09/01/2014
Black Rail2013-229 06/15/2013
Lesser Black-backed Gull1998-06312/20/1998
Least Tern2004-0845/14/2004
Red-throated Loon2009-041 5/19/2009
American White Pelican2010-18419 Apr 2010
Least Bittern2011-105 8/5/2011
Least Bittern2012-203 07/25/2012
Tricolored Heron2010-033 5/18/2010 - 5/19/2010
Tricolored Heron2013-167 06/14/2013
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron2012-092 7/22/2012
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron2019-007 23 Apr 2019
Common Black Hawk2006-123 9/10/2006 - 9/12/2006
Common Black Hawk2023-012 16 Apr 2023
Williamson's Sapsucker2003-089 
Williamson's Sapsucker2006-009 1/20/2006 - 2/12/2006
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker2005-143 12/18/2005
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker2007-13703 Jan 2007
Red-naped Sapsucker2007-010 1/15/2007 - 2/18/2007
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher2014-081 07/14/2014
Hammond's Flycatcher2013-034 12/16/2012
Black Phoebe34-95-6210/14/1995 - 12/17/1995
Black Phoebe2013-075 03/03/2013
Vermilion Flycatcher2008-028 4/13/2008
Vermilion Flycatcher2009-034 4/19/2009
Yellow-throated Vireo2010-020 5/3/2010
Phainopepla48-89-369/8/1989 - 9/11/1989
Carolina Wren2007-13912 Mar 2007
Carolina Wren2007-14025 Apr 2007
Carolina Wren2007-14716 Dec 2007
Varied Thrush2007-002 1/5/2007
Purple Finch2007-105 12/16/2007
Common Redpoll2013-024 12/08/2012
Common Redpoll2013-111 01/06/2013
Golden-crowned Sparrow2007-009 2/16/2007 - 3/15/2007
Golden-crowned Sparrow2008-148 12/22/2008
Golden-crowned Sparrow2009-112 12/20/2009 - 4/19/2010
Golden-crowned Sparrow2012-143 10/16/2012
Eastern Towhee1999-15612/19/1999
Eastern Towhee1999-15712/19/1999
Eastern Meadowlark2021-036 27 May 2021
Scott's Oriole2005-053 5/18/2005
Scott's Oriole2016-041 05/10/2016
Worm-eating Warbler2011-156 11/5/2011 - 11/19/2011
Golden-winged Warbler2015-060 05/21/2015
Prothonotary Warbler52-90-619/23/1990
Mourning Warbler2011-057 5/21/2011
Black-throated Blue Warbler2009-12525 Oct 2009
Pine Warbler2011-019 2/17/2011
Yellow-throated Warbler2003-115 12/14/2003 - 1/1/2004
Painted Redstart2007-026 4/25/2007
Hepatic Tanager55-89-526/17/1989
Hepatic Tanager55-90-676/24/1990
Hepatic Tanager2023-011 21 Jun 2023
Summer Tanager2007-117 12/16/2007
Scarlet Tanager55-90-699/23/1990