Your Guide to Birding

in Moffat County

County Map Moffat County
Author(s):  Todd Deininger, Forrest Luke
County Seat: Craig
Size: 4,732 square miles
Low Elevation: 5,024 ft. - Green River on the UT border
High Elevation: 10,840 ft. - Black Mountain
Best Birds: Common Moorhen (1987), Whip-poor-will (1992)
Checklist: Moffat County Checklist
Introduction: The second largest county in the state is also one of the least birded. This is truly unfortunate, as Moffat County has something to offer just about every birder, from grouse leks to great water and marsh birding, excellent mountains, great hikes, and even some decent migrant traps. Moffat County is also the only place in the state to find Ruffed Grouse, probably the most geographically limited and rarest breeding species in the state.

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Black Mountain (Elkhead Mountains)
Habitat: Mixed-Conifer Forest, Spruce-Fir Forest, Sagebrush, Aspen Grove, Foothill Shrub
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Brown's Park National Wildlife Refuge
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Marsh, Rimrock/Mesa, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Sagebrush
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Cedar Mountain
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Foothill Shrub
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Craig area
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Lowland Riparian, Sagebrush
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Diamond Peak area
Habitat: Mixed-Conifer Forest, Aspen Grove, Sagebrush
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Dinosaur National Monument
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Lowland Riparian, Rimrock/Mesa
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Douglas Mountain
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Pinyon-Juniper Forest
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Dry Mountain Road
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Sagebrush
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Elkhead Reservoir
Habitat: Pond./Lake/Reservoir
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Hoy Mountain
Habitat: Aspen Grove, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Mixed-Conifer Forest
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Irish Canyon
Habitat: Rimrock/Mesa, Pinyon-Juniper Forest
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Habitat: Sagebrush
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Oxbow Wildlife Area
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Sagebrush, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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CBRC Accepted Records from Moffat County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Eurasian Wigeon2008-126 10/25/2008
California Quail2018-002 04/07/2018
Ruffed Grouse1988-00210/26/1988
Ruffed Grouse13-91-249/28/1991
Ruffed Grouse2005-099 9/25/2005
Ruffed Grouse2005-109 10/22/2005
Ruffed Grouse2006-111 7/21/2006
Eastern Whip-poor-will29-92-65/21/1992
Blue-throated Mountain-gem31-95-567/20/1995
Common Gallinule17-87-174/27/1987
Little Blue Heron5-77-215/23/1973
Glossy Ibis2006-045 5/10/2006
Mississippi Kite2014-117 09/11/2013
Snow Bunting2003-10712/10/2003
Blackpoll Warbler2001-1376/9/2001
Summer Tanager2002-10110/6/2002
Rose-breasted Grosbeak2002-11711/9/2002 - 11/25/2002