Your Guide to Birding

in Park County

County Map Park County
Author(s):  Mark Peterson, Nathan Pieplow, Andrew Spencer, David Suddjian
County Seat: Fairplay
Size: 2,192 square miles
Low Elevation: 7,118 ft. - South Platte River on the Teller border
High Elevation: 14,286 ft. - Mount Lincoln
Best Birds: Pyrrhuloxia (1996), Glaucous-winged Gull (1981)
Checklist: Park County Checklist
Introduction: Park County is essentially synonymous with South Park. This vastly under-birded county has started to receive more birding attention due to the discovery of the potential of its three big reservoirs during migration. Habitat in the county varies widely, including Ponderosa forest in the east and south, grassland on the valley floor, all sorts of high-mountain forests, alpine tundra, bogs, and large reservoirs. Hopefully the increased birding attention will not only result in an increase the coverage of the reservoirs, but all the other varied habitats in the county.

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Antero Reservoir
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Boreas Pass Road (FR 404)
Habitat: Streamside Willow, Mountain Meadow, Spruce-Fir Forest, Alpine Tundra
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Eleven Mile State Park
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Ponderosa Forest
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Habitat: Urban/Suburban
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Fourmile Creek Road and Weston Pass Road
Habitat: Mixed Conifer Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Spruce-Fir Forest, Streamside Willow, Stream, Krummholz, Alpine Tundra, Aspen Grove, Mountain Meadow
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Georgia Pass Road
Habitat: Mountain Meadow, Streamside Willow, Aspen Grove, Stream, Spruce-Fir Forest
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Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Mountain Meadow, Streamside Willow, Stream, Mixed Conifer Forest
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Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Ponderosa Forest
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High Creek Fen
Habitat: Wet Meadow
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Lake George
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Ponds along US 285
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Spinney Mountain State Park
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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CBRC Accepted Records from Park County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Tundra Swan2005-126 11/18/2005
Red-necked Grebe2021-010 29 Apr 2021
White-rumped Sandpiper2012-074 6/3/2012
Short-billed Dowitcher19-73-1088/19/1973
Red Phalarope1997-0336/8/1997
Red Phalarope2004-087 10/18/2003
Red Phalarope2011-123 9/20/2011
Jaeger sp.22-87-278/30/1987
Pomarine Jaeger2013-169 06/17/2013
Parasitic Jaeger2014-147 09/16/2014
Long-tailed Jaeger2011-122 9/20/2011
Long-tailed Jaeger2017-053 08/26/2017
Long-tailed Jaeger2017-054 08/31/2017
Sabine's Gull2014-014 10/29/2005
Glaucous-winged Gull23-82-727/24/1981 - 7/25/1981
Glaucous-winged Gull2008-129 10/31/2008
Arctic Tern2016-063 05/26/2016
Red-throated Loon1974-001Unknown
Yellow-billed Loon2006-182 10/22/2006
Yellow-billed Loon2008-128 10/29/2008
Brown Pelican3-91-77/1/1991 - 7/9/1991
Least Bittern1875-0025/14/1875
Red-headed Woodpecker2014-148 08/04/2014
Gyrfalcon2010-156 11/28/2010
Eastern Kingbird2013-170 06/17/2013
Eastern Phoebe2011-184 7/19/2011
Smith's Longspur2012-154 9/20/2011
Thick-billed Longspur2012-159 10/27/2012
Snow Bunting2014-163 10/31/2008
Great-tailed Grackle2005-128 11/23/2005
Blue-winged Warbler2013-31007 Jul 2013
Bay-breasted Warbler52-73-856/17/1973
Yellow-throated Warbler52-80-205/11/1979
Pyrrhuloxia56-96-978/12/1996 - 8/16/1996