Your Guide to Birding

in Mesa County

County Map Mesa County
Author(s):  Coen Dexter, Rich Levad, John Toolen
County Seat: Grand Junction
Size: 3,309 square miles
Low Elevation: 4,320 ft. - Colorado River on the UT border
High Elevation: 11,236 ft. - Leon Peak
Best Birds: Lawrence's Goldfinch (2007), Broad-billed Hummingbird (2002)
Checklist: Mesa County Checklist
Introduction: Home to Grand Junction, the largest city on the West Slope, and Colorado National Monument, one of its most famous birding spots, Mesa County is a major destination for birders. It contains the best-known and most accessible locations for specialty species including Chukar, Gray Vireo, Black-throated Sparrow and Scott's Oriole. In addition it has a few decent-sized lakes and montane habitats ranging all the way up to spruce-fir. This is an area no visitor should pass up!

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Cheney Reservoir
Habitat: Reservoir, Sagebrush, Lowland Riparian, Tamarisk
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Coal Canyon
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Foothill Shrub
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Colorado National Monument Accessible
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Cliff Face, Sagebrush
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Colorado River State Park (James M. Robb)
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Stream
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Divide Road on the Uncompahgre Plateau
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Scrub Oak Forest, Ponderosa Forest, Aspen Grove, Spruce-Fir Forest
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Grand Mesa
Habitat: Mixed-Conifer Forest, Scrub Oak Forest, Aspen Grove, Spruce-Fir Forest, Mountain Meadow
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Highline Lake State Park
Habitat: Reservoir, Sagebrush, Lowland Riparian
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Jerry Creek Reservoirs
Habitat: Reservoir
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Rabbit Valley and Brewster Ridge
Habitat: Sagebrush, Pinyon-Juniper Forest,
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Six and Fifty (6 & 50) Reservoir
Habitat: Pond, Sagebrush
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Unaweep Canyon
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Cliff Face, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Pond, Wet Meadow, Stream
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Vega State Park and Reservoir
Habitat: Reservoir, Aspen Grove, Scrub Oak Forest
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CBRC Accepted Records from Mesa County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Trumpeter Swan8-84-5012/19/1984
Trumpeter Swan8-93-1111/12/1993
Eurasian Wigeon2006-157 11/8/2006
Eurasian Wigeon2012-197 03/15/2010
Eurasian Wigeon2013-260 04/27/2013
Red-necked Grebe1999-00512/13/1998
Red-necked Grebe2002-11812/28/2002
White-winged Dove1997-0485/2/1997
Lesser Nighthawk29-91-395/24/1991
Lesser Nighthawk29-92-257/6/1992
Lesser Nighthawk1998-0796/11/1998
Rivoli’s Hummingbird2002-0717/4/2002 - 7/5/2002
Blue-throated Mountain-gem31-73-1048/1/1973
Anna's Hummingbird31-79-211/19/1978
Anna's Hummingbird2013-281 12/19/2004
Costa's Hummingbird2004-136 12/7/2004 - 12/9/2004
Costa's Hummingbird2013-039 11/19/2011
Costa's Hummingbird2014-183 11/16/2014
Broad-billed Hummingbird2002-10011/14/2002 - 11/15/2002
Broad-billed Hummingbird2019-037 19 Oct 2019
Common Gallinule17-84-425/4/1984
Black-bellied Plover2000-16914 Oct 2000
Hudsonian Godwit19-86-465/29/1986
Ruddy Turnstone18-86-385/15/1986
Red Knot19-86-475/15/1986
Red Phalarope2002-08610/12/2002
Red Phalarope2010-124 10/3/2010 - 10/6/2010
Long-tailed Jaeger2011-007 9/2/2009
Black-legged Kittiwake23-91-3611/16/1991
Black-legged Kittiwake2013-262 11/19/2013
Little Gull23-95-389/12/1995
Short-billed Gull23-93-711/15/1992
Lesser Black-backed Gull2009-12124 Feb 2009
Arctic Tern1997-0455/31/1997
Red-throated Loon1-91-110/20/1991
Red-throated Loon1-93-610/31/1992
Red-throated Loon2016-046 03/17/2016
Yellow-billed Loon2012-099 12/25/2005
Brown Pelican2010-113 6/9/2010
Least Bittern5-74-1859/15/1974
Little Blue Heron5-74-384/27/1974
Reddish Egret2023-014 20 Apr 2023
Glossy Ibis2012-050 4/21/2012
Mississippi Kite2022-019 5 Jun 2022
Common Black Hawk2007-113 5/25/2007
Zone-tailed Hawk1999-1767/17/1999
Red-headed Woodpecker2011-089 6/14/2011
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker2013-083 02/06/2013
Thick-billed Kingbird2018-083 12/16/2018
Thick-billed Kingbird2022-045 21 Sep 2022
Least Flycatcher2013-250 05/26/2007
Black Phoebe2001-0728/21/2001
Black Phoebe2006-046 5/10/2006
Eastern Phoebe2023-002 19 Oct 2022
Vermilion Flycatcher2008-026 4/1/2008
Cassin's Vireo2000-105 09/24/2000
Carolina Wren2000-1125/18/2000
Curve-billed Thrasher2004-0856/9/2004
Brown Thrasher2008-006 1/19/2008 - 1/20/2008
Wood Thrush44-72-359/13/1972 - 9/15/1972
Varied Thrush44-84-4912/16/1984 - 12/17/1984
Purple Finch2009-500 01/10/2009
Common Redpoll2013-021 01/01/2013
Common Redpoll2013-038 01/01/2013
Lawrence's Goldfinch2007-038 5/23/2007 - 7/24/2007
Snow Bunting2023-001 18 Jan 2023
Chipping Sparrow2015-025 01/01/2015
Black-chinned Sparrow2012-151 6/11/2010
Black-chinned Sparrow2011-027 4/13/2011 - 5/22/2011
Black-chinned Sparrow2012-152 4/9/2012 - 6/5/2012
Field Sparrow2001-139 9 Jan 1993
Golden-crowned Sparrow1989-500 11/21/1989
Golden-crowned Sparrow2012-127 2/11/2006
Golden-crowned Sparrow2016-045 04/09/2016
Worm-eating Warbler2011-058 5/21/2011
Worm-eating Warbler2014-007 11/28/2013
Mourning Warbler2019-045 17 Sep 2019
Black-throated Blue Warbler2010-060 10/8/2005
Prairie Warbler52-91-689/25/1991
Prairie Warbler2001-0688/10/2001
Summer Tanager2011-192 4/24/2009
Summer Tanager2011-086 6/7/2011
Scarlet Tanager1996-501 11/01/1996
Rose-breasted Grosbeak2009-104 11/17/2009
Dickcissel2016-031 05/14/2016