Your Guide to Birding

in Phillips County

County Map Phillips County
Author(s):  Lisa Edwards, Nathan Pieplow, Andrew Spencer
County Seat: Holyoke
Size: 688 square miles
Low Elevation: 3,523 ft. - Frenchman Creek on the NE border
High Elevation: 4,120 ft. - County Line Rise
Best Birds: Barred Owl (1897)
Checklist: Phillips County Checklist
Introduction: Phillips County has the dubious distinction of having the least native vegetation of any county in Colorado--only three percent. Nonetheless, it can be a rewarding county to bird. Migrants and Mississippi Kites can be found in the towns, and there is some good habitat for grassland birds. If you like a county-listing challenge, this county's for you!

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Birding Sites

Habitat: Urban/Suburban
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County Line Road
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Lowland Riparian
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CR 51 x CR 14
Habitat: Hedgerow/Shelterbelt
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Frenchman Creek State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pond, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt
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Haxtun area
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Pond, Grassland/Prairie
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Habitat: Park/Cemetery, Pond, Urban/Suburban, Lowland Riparian
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Holyoke State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt, Pond
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Sand Hills
Habitat: Sagebrush
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CBRC Accepted Records from Phillips County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
American Black Duck x Mallard2002-12811/30/2002
Inca Dove2010-119 7/31/2010
Whip-poor-will sp.2013-218 09/18/2013
Ruby-throated Hummingbird2014-179 08/30/2014
Anna's Hummingbird2018-027 09/04/2018
Piping Plover2013-295 05/15/2013
Barred Owl1898-0023/ /1897
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher2015-063 05/23/2015
Alder Flycatcher2015-061 05/25/2015
Alder Flycatcher2015-14924 May 2015
Philadelphia Vireo2012-172 09/16/2012
Philadelphia Vireo2012-173 09/22/2012
Wood Thrush2011-164 11/18/2011
Purple Finch2012-188 09/30/2012
Fox Sparrow (Red)2011-142 11/16/2011
Eastern Towhee2012-134 9/30/2012
Eastern Meadowlark2012-128 9/30/2012