Your Guide to Birding

in Lincoln County

County Map Lincoln County
Author(s):  Mark Peterson
County Seat: Hugo
Size: 2,586 square miles
Low Elevation: 4,412 ft. - East Fork Adobe Cr. on the Kiowa border
High Elevation: 5,960 ft. - County Line Rise
Best Birds: Connecticut Warbler (1899), Brown Pelican (1991)
Checklist: Lincoln County Checklist
Introduction: Lincoln County is not a prime destination for most birders. It does, however, provide some great Eastern Plains birding. It consists mostly of grassland, semi-desert and agricultural fields. There are a few nice migrant traps and a number of small ponds that can be found with a little driving around. You can find parks in Limon, Hugo and Karval and you can usually find feeders around town that might host something worthwhile. Also, just driving around the county you can find many Prairie-Dog towns that usually host Mountain Plovers and Burrowing Owls.

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Evilsizer Lake area
Habitat: Pond, Grassland/Prairie
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Habitat: Urban/Suburban
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Hugo State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Pond, Lowland Riparian
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Karval Area Ranches
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Lowland Riparian, Pond
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Karval State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pond, Grassland/Prairie, Tamarisk
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Kinney State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pond, Lowland Riparian, Marsh, Grassland/Prairie
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Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Pond, Marsh
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Northwest Corner
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest
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Schafer Reservoir
Habitat: Pond
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CBRC Accepted Records from Lincoln County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Black Rail2015-084 07/22/2011
Ruff2006-135 9/27/2006
Brown Pelican3-91-45/9/1991
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron2012-090 7/29/2012
Snowy Owl2012-037 3/26/2012
Snowy Owl2014-032 01/26/2014
Great Crested Flycatcher2011-197 09/05/2011
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher2023-031 20 May 2023
Eastern Wood-Pewee1947-0028/26/1947
Alder Flycatcher2004-124 5/5/2004
Alder Flycatcher2017-08421 May 2017
Gray Flycatcher2011-196 09/05/2011
Vermilion Flycatcher2010-105 5/31/2010
Vermilion Flycatcher2011-085 6/8/2011 - 6/9/2011
Vermilion Flycatcher2014-099 04/28/2012
Philadelphia Vireo2012-169 9/21/2012
Philadelphia Vireo2013-031 09/28/2012
Pacific Wren2014-026 10/04/2013
Pacific Wren2017-060 09/23/2017
Sedge Wren2012-191 10/21/2012
Gray-cheeked Thrush44-96-605/27/1996
Gray-cheeked Thrush2012-22728 May 2012
Wood Thrush2011-008 10/11/2008
Wood Thrush2011-074 5/19/2011 - 5/20/2011
Sprague's Pipit2006-126 9/14/2006
Lesser Goldfinch2011-21905 Sep 2011
LeConte's Sparrow2011-129 10/2/2011
Louisiana Waterthrush2017-026 05/14/2017
Blue-winged Warbler52-84-455/20/1984
Connecticut Warbler1899-0015/24/1899
Connecticut Warbler2017-092 3 Oct 2017
Mourning Warbler2013-145 05/18/2013
Mourning Warbler2017-028 05/21/2017
Mourning Warbler2017-029 05/21/2017
Kentucky Warbler2016-092 09/09/2016
Cape May Warbler2010-081 5/16/2010
Blackburnian Warbler2007-083 5/6/2007
Canada Warbler1899-0035/23/1899
Scarlet Tanager1998-1455/11/1998