Your Guide to Birding

in Grand County

County Map Grand County
Author(s):  Todd Deininger, Nathan Pieplow
County Seat: Hot Sulphur Springs
Size: 1,854 square miles
Low Elevation: 6,840 ft. - Colorado River on the Eagle border
High Elevation: 13,553 ft. - Pettingell Peak
Best Birds: Blue-throated Hummingbird (1973), Black-billed Cuckoo (1973 & 2000)
Checklist: Grand County Checklist
Introduction: This county lives up to its name. It contains the headwaters of the Colorado River, the entire west slope of Rocky Mountain National Park, several large reservoirs, the largest natural lake in the state, a superb patch of road-accessible tundra, some beautiful and easily birded PJ habitats, and everything that one could reasonably expect to come in between. A large part of Grand County is comprised of the intermountain valley known as Middle Park (because of its strategic location between North Park and South Park), much of which sports high sage desert complete with Greater Sage-Grouse.

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Birding Sites

Cabin Creek Road and CO 125
Habitat: Stream; Streamside Willow; Lodgepole Forest
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City Reservoir (Grand County)
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Gore Pass
Habitat: Mountain Meadow; Sagebrush; Aspen Grove; Spruce-Fir Forest
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Grand Lake Area
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir; Stream; Lodgepole Forest; Urban/Suburban; Streamside Willow; Wet Meadow; Mountain Meadow
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Hinman Reservoir
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Hot Sulphur Springs
Habitat: Urban/Suburban; Lowland Riparian; Stream; Cliff Face; Streamside Willow
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Habitat: Urban/Suburban; Cliff Face; Sagebrush; Marsh; Wet Meadow; Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Mount Ida
Habitat: Lodgepole Forest; Spruce-Fir Forest; Alpine Tundra; Cliff Face
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Rabbit Ears Pass and Muddy Pass
Habitat: Mountain Meadow; Lodgepole Forest
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Radium State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pinyon/Juniper; Lowland Riparian; Stream; Streamside Willow
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Rollins Pass (West Side)
Habitat: Lodgepole Forest; Spruce-Fir Forest; Alpine Tundra; Cliff Face
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Trail Ridge Road (Grand County section)
Habitat: Lodgepole Forest; Spruce-Fir Forest; Alpine Tundra
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Williams Fork Reservoir
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir; Wet Meadow; Grassland/Prairie; Burn Area
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Willow Creek Reservoir
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir; Lodgepole Forest; Mountain Meadow
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Windy Gap Reservoir
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Wolford Mountain Reservoir
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir; Sagebrush; Wet Meadow
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CBRC Accepted Records from Grand County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Tundra Swan2002-176 2/23/2002
Black-billed Cuckoo26-73-796/30/1973
Black-billed Cuckoo2000-0796/11/2000
Chimney Swift2003-063 
Blue-throated Mountain-gem31-73-886/28/1973 - 7/22/1973
Caspian Tern2001-0344/27/2001
Red-throated Loon1999-0017/10/1999
Glossy Ibis2004-0194/17/2004
Glossy Ibis2013-247 04/17/2004
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher2006-183 8/6/2006
Least Flycatcher2013-30922 Jun 2013
Eastern Bluebird2020-041 20 Nov 2020
Common Redpoll2012-150 12/17/2011
Common Redpoll2013-020 12/25/2012
Common Redpoll2013-025 12/15/2012
Common Redpoll2013-045 01/27/2013
Common Redpoll2013-091 03/03/2013
Cassia Crossbill2021-011 16 Jul 2021
Snow Bunting2018-011 11/27/2018
Field Sparrow56-90-71 7 Nov 1989
Summer Tanager2014-049 05/09/2014