Your Guide to Birding

in Las Animas County

County Map Las Animas County
Author(s):  Mark Peterson, Nathan Pieplow, Andrew Spencer
County Seat: Trinidad
Size: 4,771 square miles
Low Elevation: 4,318 ft. - Purgatoire River on the Otero border
High Elevation: 13,626 ft. - West Spanish Peak
Best Birds: Crested Caracara (1997), Louisiana Waterthrush (1975)
Checklist: Las Animas County Checklist
Introduction: Nearly the size of Connecticut, Las Animas County is not only the largest county in Colorado, but also one of the most varied and underestimated. The vast majority of the county is privately owned, but luckily many of the landowners allow access to birders for a fee (see below). Thoroughly exploring this huge county can take a long time--although practically every habitat in Colorado is present somewhere in Las Animas, they are often quite far from one another.

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Apishapa State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Lowland Riparian
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Bader Ranch
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Ponderosa Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Cholla
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Black Mesa
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Cholla, Ponderosa Forest
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Bosque del Oso State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Scrub Oak Forest, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Lowland Riparian
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Cordova Pass
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Mountain Meadow
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CR 75 x 42 ponds
Habitat: Pond
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Everett Jackson Ranch
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Grassland/Prairie, Pond
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Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Montane Shrubland, Creek
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Kim area
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Grassland/Prairie, Pond
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Lake Dorothey State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Mountain Meadow, Reservoir
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Lazy UO Ranch
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Grassland/Prairie, Lowland Riparian, Cholla, Marsh
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Mayfield Ranch
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Stream
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Mesa de Maya area
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
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Ninaview Area
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa
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North Fork State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Mixed-Conifer Forest, Aspen Groves, Streamside Willow, Stream
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Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Grassland/Prairie
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Rancho Largo
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Cholla, Grassland/Prairie, Pond, Lowland Riparian
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Roberts Cordova Ranch (Las Animas section)
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Grassland/Prairie, Cholla
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Spanish Peaks State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Scrub Oak Forest, Ponderosa Forest
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Stonewall area
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Scrub Oak Forest
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Tim Williams Ranch
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Pond, Grassland/Prairie
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Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Urban/Suburban
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Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Lowland Riparian
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Trinidad Lake State Park
Habitat: Reservoir, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Lowland Riparian
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Welch Ranch
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Rimrock/Mesa, Stream, Grassland/Prairie, Cholla, Cliff Face
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CBRC Accepted Records from Las Animas County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Black-billed Cuckoo2016-048 07/09/2016
Lesser Nighthawk1908-0036/11/1908
Eastern Whip-poor-will29-86-345/26/1986
Mexican Whip-poor-will2020-059 31 May 2020
Anna's Hummingbird2015-081 06/25/2015
Glossy Ibis1997-0114/24/1997
Acorn Woodpecker33-94-437/20/1994 - 9/4/1994
Acorn Woodpecker2004-0355/16/2004 - 5/18/2004
Acorn Woodpecker2011-185 6/29/2004 - 6/30/2004
Red-naped Sapsucker2006-010 1/21/2006
Crested Caracara1997-0219/29/1997
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher2013-026 06/01/1996
White-eyed Vireo2000-0946/12/2000
Philadelphia Vireo51-86-508/31/1986
Phainopepla2011-090 6/16/2011
Worm-eating Warbler52-96-805/4/1996
Louisiana WaterthrushN-52-556/1-2/1975
Blue-winged Warbler52-96-715/4/1996
Black-throated Blue Warbler2001-0667/14/2001
Hepatic Tanager55-78-598/10/1978
Hepatic Tanager55-85-187/4/1985
Hepatic Tanager55-85-285/11/1985
Hepatic Tanager55-85-295/27/1985
Hepatic Tanager55-88-235/30/1988
Hepatic Tanager55-92-696/13/1992
Hepatic Tanager1997-1035/19/1994
Hepatic Tanager2013-254 05/14/2004
Hepatic Tanager2006-110 7/18/2006
Hepatic Tanager2011-075 5/29/2008 - 6/5/2011
Hepatic Tanager2012-22320 May 2012
Hepatic Tanager2012-22420 May 2012
Painted Bunting2000-1596/1/1999
Painted Bunting2003-036 5/21/2003 - 6/16/2003
Painted Bunting2006-109 7/18/2006