Your Guide to Birding

in Jackson County

County Map Jackson County
Author(s):  Charles Hundertmark, Nathan Pieplow, Andrew Spencer
County Seat: Walden
Size: 1,614 square miles
Low Elevation: 7,735 ft. - North Platte River on the WY border
High Elevation: 12,951 ft. - Clark Peak
Best Birds: Harlequin Duck (1976), Magnificent Hummigbird (1980)
Checklist: Jackson County Checklist
Introduction: Jackson County is essentially synonymous with North Park. The floor of this mountain park is predominantly sagebrush with extensive hay meadows. It contains numerous lakes and ponds, which can make for excellent water-birding. The park is also probably the easiest place in the state to see Greater Sage-Grouse. The mountains that ring the valley on three sides provide the county with tremendous habitat diversity. No question about it: this county does not get as much birding traffic as it deserves!

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American Lakes
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Krummholz, Alpine Tundra, Cliff Face, Stream, Streamside Willow, Mountain Meadow
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Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Marsh, Sagebrush
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Aspen Grove along Jackson CR 6W
Habitat: Aspen Grove, Grassland/Prairie
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Buffalo Pass
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Aspen Grove, Mountain Meadow
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Cameron Pass
Habitat: Predominantly Spruce-Fir Forest with extensive beetle-kill. Stream with willow-carr.
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Coalmont Lek
Habitat: Sagebrush
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Colorado State Forest State Park
Habitat: Lodgepole Forest, Streamside Willow, Stream, Streamside Willow
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Cowdrey
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Marsh, Streamside Willow, Stream, Grassland/Prairie
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Cowdrey Lake State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt
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Delaney Butte Lakes State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Streamside Willow, Wet Meadow, Sagebrush
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Encampment River Valley
Habitat: Lodgepole Forest, Streamside Riparian, Mountain Meadow, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Hebron Waterfowl Area
Habitat: reservoir, slough, sagebrush, agricultural
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Jackson County Road 30
Habitat: Streamside Willow, Mountain Meadow, Sagebrush, Lodgepole Forest
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Lake John State Wildlife Area and Alkali Lake
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Sagebrush
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Lake Katherine
Habitat: Spruce-Fir forest, Streamside Willow, Alpine Tundra
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MacFarlane Reservoir
Habitat: reservoir, sagebrush
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Pinkham Creek Road
Habitat: lodgepole, mixed conifer, willow carr
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Pole Mountain Reservoir
Habitat: reservoir
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Seymour Reservoir SWA
Habitat: reservoir, sagebrush
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Walden
Habitat: Urban/Suburban
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Walden Reservoir
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Sagebrush
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Willow Creek Pass
Habitat: Lodgepole Forest, Mixed Conifer Forest, Streamside Willow, Wet Meadow
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Willow Swamp along CO 127
Habitat: Streamside Willow, Lodgepole Forest
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CBRC Accepted Records from Jackson County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Mexican Duck2006-36 4/20/2006
American Black Duck8-78-39/4/1972 - 8/31/1973
Harlequin Duck#3875/21/1976
Harlequin Duck#3885/21/1976
Red-necked Grebe2013-181 07/10/2013
Red-necked Grebe2014-122 05/30/2014
Eurasian Collared-Dove2006-189 4/10/2004
Eurasian Collared-Dove2005-140 12/16/2005
Rivoli’s Hummingbird31-80-628/19/1980
American Golden-Plover2003-104 11/2/2003
Short-billed Dowitcher19-92-429/9/1992
Little Gull23-96-226/14/1996
Least Tern2010-48 6/2/2007
Yellow-billed Loon2007-90 11/3/2007
Magnificent Frigatebird2013-166 06/05/2013
Gyrfalcon2002-272/20/2002 - 2/25/2002
Gyrfalcon2006-155 11/5/2006 - 12/24/2006
Sedge Wren42-88-386/15/1988
Common Redpoll2013-49 01/26/2013
Hoary Redpoll2013-67 1/26/2013
White-throated Sparrow2013-50 01/26/2013
Summer Tanager2011-161 11/13/2011
Painted Bunting56-93-936/2/1993