Your Guide to Birding

in Baca County

County Map Baca County
Author(s):  Mark Peterson, Nathan Pieplow, Andrew Spencer
County Seat: Springfield
Size: 2,554 square miles
Low Elevation: 3,470 ft. - Cimarron River on the KS border
High Elevation: 5,280 ft. - Carrizo Mountain
Best Birds: Barred Owl (2000), Cerulean Warbler (1989), Louisiana Waterthrush (1989), Common Black-Hawk (1991)
Checklist: Baca County Checklist
Introduction: Despite the distance from Denver, many Colorado birders make the pilgrimage to Baca County regularly, often several times a year. Among Baca's many charms, the foremost have to be the tremendous potential of the county's many migrant traps, the state's only publicly accessible Lesser Prairie-Chicken lek, and the unique biogeography of the area around Cottonwood Canyon, where many birds typical of the southwest deserts meet eastern breeders.

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Burchfield State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Hedgerow/Shelterbelt
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Campo
Habitat: Urban/Suburban
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Campo Lek
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie; Yucca
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Carrizo Canyon Picnic Area
Habitat: Stream, Cliff Face, Lowland Riparian
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Comanche Grasslands (Baca County Section)
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
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Cottonwood Canyon
Habitat: Rimrock/Mesa, Stream, Lowland Riparian, Grassland/Prairie, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Scrub Oak Forest
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End of 'U' Ranch
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
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Gallinas Canyon
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Grassland/Prairie, Pinyon-Juniper Forest
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Picture Canyon
Habitat: Cliff Face, Cholla, Yucca, Lowland Riparian, Grassland/Prairie, Pinyon-Juniper Forest
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Santa Fe Trail Hunts (Prairie-Chicken lek tours)
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
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Southeast Corner of Colorado
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
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Springfield
Habitat: Urban/Suburban
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Turks Pond State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Two Buttes State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie; Yucca; Marsh; Pond/Lake/Reservoir; Lowland Riparian; Rimrock/Mesa
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Walsh
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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CBRC Accepted Records from Baca County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Trumpeter Swan2002-333/22/2002
Eurasian Collared-Dove1999-7911/28/1998
Eurasian Collared-Dove1999-815/17/1999
Inca Dove25-94-4011/6/1994
Inca Dove2013-37 05/17/2012
White-winged Dove25-93-176/14/1993
White-winged Dove1998-715/2/1998
White-winged Dove2000-755/10/2000
White-winged Dove2005-25 4/20/2005
Lesser Nighthawk29-90-315/28/1990
Lesser Nighthawk29-95-535/19/1995
Lesser Nighthawk29-95-557/25/1995
Black Rail1998-415/24/1998
Laughing Gull1999-515/9/1999
Little Blue Heron5-93-748/26/1993
Little Blue Heron5-94-89/10/1994
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron5-87-55/31/1986
Common Black Hawk10-91-236/15/1991
Common Black Hawk2005-23 4/19/2005
Barred Owl2000-811/20/2000
Eastern Wood-PeweeCU #86915/12/1905
Eastern Wood-Pewee34-88-215/29/1988
Eastern Wood-Pewee34-92-4610/12/1992
Eastern Wood-Pewee1998-885/23/1998
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher2008-71 5/20/2008
Black Phoebe2006-35 4/17/2006
Vermilion Flycatcher2001-1494/13/2001
Vermilion Flycatcher2001-294/17/2001 - 4/23/2001
Vermilion Flycatcher2003-385/25/2003
Vermilion Flycatcher2005-27 4/22/2005
Vermilion Flycatcher2006-34 4/17/2006
Vermilion Flycatcher2006-42 4/26/2006
Vermilion Flycatcher2013-17 06/14/2011
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher#163485/31/1923
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher#163496/1/1923
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher1997-625/24/1997
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher2001-748/29/2001
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher2005-26 4/20/2005
White-eyed VireoN-51-385/10/1974
White-eyed Vireo51-75-925/31/1975 - 6/1/1975
White-eyed Vireo51-76-445/1/1976
White-eyed Vireo2001-626/3/2001
Yellow-throated Vireo1997-745/4/1997
Blue-headed Vireo2007-53 9/2/2007
Philadelphia Vireo2001-13010/5/2001
Philadelphia Vireo2012-61 5/12/2012
Philadelphia Vireo2013-151 05/10/2013
Yellow-green Vireo2019-004 06/25/2019
Pacific Wren2010-88 1/2/2005
Sedge Wren1998-1045/10/1998
Carolina Wren42-89-3810/9/1989
Swainson's Thrush (Russet-backed)2013-143 05/11/2013
Gray-cheeked Thrush44-84-375/24/1984
Gray-cheeked Thrush2013-141 05/11/2013
Wood Thrush1999-1175/10/1999
Wood Thrush2003-1495/4/2003
Wood Thrush2003-435/3/2003 - 5/4/2003
Varied Thrush2011-144 10/16/2011
Phainopepla2011-90 6/16/2011
Sprague's Pipit2003-324/27/2003
Golden-crowned Sparrow2000-1564/30/2000
Golden-crowned Sparrow2014-107 03/02/2013
Baird's Sparrow1998-1524/17/1998
Baird's Sparrow2000-1514/22/2000
Baird's Sparrow2001-1704/30/2000
Eastern Meadowlark2003-334/27/2003 - 4/28/2003
Eastern Meadowlark2005-22 4/18/2005 - 4/22/2005
Eastern Meadowlark2012-47 4/14/2012
Fox Sparrow (Red)2011-143 11/16/2011
Worm-eating Warbler52-96-805/4/1996
Louisiana Waterthrush52-89-479/6/1989
Golden-winged Warbler52-73-285/5/1973
Golden-winged Warbler52-74-505/12/1974
Blue-winged Warbler52-76-405/5/1976 - 5/7/1976
Blue-winged Warbler52-84-35/4/1979
Blue-winged Warbler52-96-715/4/1996
Mourning Warbler2000-1395/4/2000
Kentucky Warbler2002-1345/5/2002
Kentucky Warbler2008-41 5/1/2008
Kentucky Warbler2012-196 05/31/2011
Cape May Warbler52-75-455/3/1975
Cape May Warbler2013-138 05/10/2013
Cerulean Warbler52-89-449/4/1989
Cerulean Warbler2013-103 05/04/1999
Blackburnian Warbler2011-44 5/7/2011
Pine Warbler1998-1256/15/1998
Prairie Warbler1997-928/22/1997
Prairie Warbler2000-1306/6/2000 - 6/8/2000
Canada Warbler1998-1439/5/1998
Hepatic Tanager2008-48 5/4/2008
Scarlet Tanager55-90-685/8/1990
Scarlet Tanager55-95-934/30/1995
Scarlet Tanager2000-1445/16/2000
Painted Bunting56-74-365/10/1974
Painted Bunting56-94-845/28/1994
Painted Bunting56-95-956/24/1995
Painted Bunting1998-1575/23/1998