Your Guide to Birding

in Kit Carson County

County Map Kit Carson County
Author(s):  Mark Peterson, Andrew Spencer
County Seat: Burlington
Size: 2,160 square miles
Low Elevation: 3,657 ft. - Beaver Creek on the Yuma border
High Elevation: 5,290 ft. - Ranch Road
Best Birds: Hermit Warbler (1991), Kentucky Warbler (1996)
Checklist: Kit Carson County Checklist
Introduction: Like most of Colorado's central plains counties, Kit Carson is large, rectangular, and woefully underbirded. But in recent years birders have discovered the potential of the migrant traps at Flagler and Burlington, which make for a great spring or fall birding loop from Denver when included with Bonny Reservoir and Last Chance. Kit Carson has many other things to offer, from sought-after prairie species to seasonal pools with migrating shorebirds and waterbirds. This is a county sorely in need of increased birding coverage.

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Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Park/Cemetery, Pond
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Crystal Springs Ranch
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Pond, Lowland Riparian
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Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt, Park/Cemetery, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Flagler Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Grassland/Prairie
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Grant Ranch
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
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Grimes Ranch
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
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Hickman Farm
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt
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Klassen Farms
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
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Loutzenhiser Farms
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
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Mills North
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
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Mills South
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
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Santala Farms
Habitat: Lowland Riparian
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Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Pond, Grassland/Prairie
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CBRC Accepted Records from Kit Carson County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Eurasian Collared-Dove2000-0694/15/2000
Eurasian Collared-Dove2001-1744/14/2001
American Woodcock2011-172 11/18/2011 - 11/30/2011
Zone-tailed Hawk2015-043 04/08/2015
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher2012-133 9/27/2012
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher2014-025 09/15/2013
Alder Flycatcher2016-10918 May 2016
Alder Flycatcher2016-11610 Sep 2016
Alder Flycatcher2017-08528 May 2017
Blue-headed Vireo2016-091 09/06/2016
Philadelphia Vireo2013-032 09/28/2012
Philadelphia Vireo2016-095 09/21/2016
Philadelphia Vireo2016-096 09/28/2016
Pygmy Nuthatch2008-15602 Feb 2008
Sedge Wren2012-132 9/27/2012
Gray-cheeked Thrush2003-1395/7/2003
Varied Thrush2005-144 12/22/2005
Purple Finch2013-232 10/13/2013
Common Redpoll2013-173 12/29/2011
Smith's Longspur2018-084 01/11/2018
Lark Bunting2020-042 9 Nov 2020
Eastern Towhee2012-142 10/12/2012
Mourning Warbler2013-204 09/11/2013
Kentucky Warbler52-96-855/7/1996
Bay-breasted Warbler2006-129 9/17/2006
Blackburnian Warbler2001-1595/25/2001
Pine Warbler2004-130 11/5/2004
Prairie Warbler2017-023 05/07/2017
Hermit Warbler52-91-665/6/1991