Your Guide to Birding

in Prowers County

County Map Prowers County
Author(s):  David Leatherman, Mark Peterson, Nathan Pieplow, Andrew Spencer
County Seat: Lamar
Size: 1,629 square miles
Low Elevation: 3,348 ft. - Arkansas River on the KS border
High Elevation: 4,711 ft. - Two Buttes
Best Birds: Black-chinned Sparrow (2006), Pyrrhuloxia (1989), Broad-billed Hummingbird (2005)
Checklist: Prowers County Checklist
Introduction: Spring is not spring, for many Colorado birders, without a trip to Prowers County. There are enough migrant traps in and around Lamar to keep you busy for half a day, and when you consider that within forty miles of town are spectacular hotspots like Two Buttes, John Martin and the Indian Reservoirs, plus tragically underbirded spots like Holly, it's hard not to consider this place the epicenter of southeastern birding. Although waterbirds can be a challenge, the county does host an annual Snow Goose festival each February, and Sandhill Crane flocks in migration can be mind-boggling. This is not flyover country, folks--for the birders or for the birds!

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Arena Dust Tours (Prairie-chicken lek viewing)
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
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Bristol
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Frank Ranch
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Lowland Riparian
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Granada
Habitat: Urban/Suburban
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Holly area
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Park/Cemetery, Lowland Riparian, Stream, Grassland/Prairie, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Lamar
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Lowland Riparian, Park/Cemetery, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt, Stream
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Mike Higbee State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Hedgerow/Shelterbelt, Stream
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Rocking 7K Ranch
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Mesa/Rimrock, Lowland Riparian
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Soaring Hawk Ranch
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
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Taylor Ranch
Habitat: Shortgrass prairie, lowland riparian
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Terry Family Farms
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie
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Thurston Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Wiley Pond
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir (sometimes)
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CBRC Accepted Records from Prowers County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Eurasian Wigeon2002-323/21/2002
American Black Duck8-93-312/27/1992
Eurasian Collared-Dove2000-704/21/2000
Inca Dove25-92-211/23/1992
Inca Dove2000-774/16/2000
Inca Dove2002-16212/31/2002
Inca Dove2014-016 10/14/2005
White-winged Dove#991011/23/1921
White-winged Dove1998-726/21/1998
Black-billed Cuckoo2002-1505/27/2002
Lesser Nighthawk1997-525/8/1997 - 5/10/1997
Lesser Nighthawk1999-855/9/1999
Ruby-throated Hummingbird1999-894/30/1999 - 5/1/1999
Ruby-throated Hummingbird2000-829/10/2000
Ruby-throated Hummingbird2000-839/14/2000 - 9/17/2000
Ruby-throated Hummingbird2005-102 10/3/2005 - 10/10/2005
Ruby-throated Hummingbird2009-106 5/13/2009
Ruby-throated Hummingbird2013-225 09/28/2013
Ruby-throated Hummingbird2014-034 10/02/2013
Ruby-throated Hummingbird2015-048 05/04/2015
Costa's Hummingbird2006-133 9/22/2006
White-tailed Kite2019-002 05/27/2019
Broad-billed Hummingbird2005-21 4/18/2005
Black Rail2005-153 6/11/2005
Whooping Crane16-95-263/10/1995 - 3/26/1995
Hudsonian Godwit2000-304/16/2000
Least Bittern2008-92 7/28/2008
Tricolored Heron2008-93 7/28/2008
Swallow-tailed Kite10-93-387/5/1993
Zone-tailed Hawk2014-051 05/10/2014
Snowy Owl1998-782/14/1998 - 3/1/1998
Snowy Owl2012-43 1/28/2012 - 1/29/2012
Eastern Wood-Pewee2008-38 5/1/2008
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher2013-251 09/15/2013
Alder Flycatcher#364556/1/1908
Alder Flycatcher#28705/22/1913
Black Phoebe2011-26 4/10/2011 - 4/11/2011
Vermilion Flycatcher2002-160 4/30/2002
Vermilion Flycatcher2008-34 4/27/2008
Great Kiskadee2013-174 6/21/2013
Couch's Kingbird2016-068 04/19/2016
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher2002-545/5/2002 - 7/11/2002
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher2003-154 4/26/2003
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher2007-80 4/29/2007
Yellow-throated Vireo1997-735/2/1997
Yellow-throated Vireo1999-1035/9/1999
Yellow-throated Vireo2001-435/12/2001
Blue-headed Vireo2000-1029/20/2000
Blue-headed Vireo2004-5610/19/2004 - 10/20/2004
Blue-headed Vireo2010-171 10/9/2010
Blue-headed Vireo2013-9 09/28/2012
Philadelphia Vireo1998-1009/5/1998
Philadelphia Vireo1999-1119/26/1999
Philadelphia Vireo2000-1069/17/2000
Philadelphia Vireo2007-66 9/16/2007
Philadelphia Vireo2013-53 05/15/2011
Philadelphia Vireo2012-53 5/11/2012
Purple Martin2006-179 6/4/2006
Purple Martin2008-52 5/6/2008
Carolina Wren42-88-379/2/1988 - 1/4/1989
Swainson's Thrush (Russet-backed)2012-62 5/13/2012 - 5/16/2012
Gray-cheeked Thrush44-93-765/1/1993
Gray-cheeked Thrush44-95-665/9/1995
Gray-cheeked Thrush44-96-574/28/1996
Gray-cheeked Thrush44-96-595/12/1996
Gray-cheeked Thrush1999-1155/8/1999
Gray-cheeked Thrush2001-505/3/2001
Gray-cheeked Thrush2013-284 05/01/2013
Wood Thrush#26295/12/1913
Varied Thrush2006-14 1/22/2006
Purple Finch2004-7311/30/2004
Common Redpoll2013-87 11/15/2012
Clay-colored Sparrow2002-17411/18/2001
Black-chinned Sparrow2006-128 9/16/2006
Golden-crowned Sparrow2013-190 05/11/2013
Eastern Towhee2012-58 4/26/2012
Bobolink2008-70 5/18/2008
Eastern Meadowlark54-92-157/26/1992
Scott's Oriole2007-24 4/17/2007
Bronzed Cowbird2017-015 04/06/2017
Fox Sparrow (Red)2010-152 11/20/2010
Fox Sparrow (Red)2010-175 11/9/2010
Worm-eating Warbler52-91-725/15/1991
Worm-eating Warbler52-93-655/1/1993
Worm-eating Warbler52-96-815/5/1996
Worm-eating Warbler1998-1335/3/1998 - 5/8/1998
Worm-eating Warbler1999-1464/24/1999
Worm-eating Warbler1999-1475/8/1999
Golden-winged Warbler52-95-915/6/1995
Blue-winged Warbler52-95-765/12/1995
Blue-winged Warbler1997-785/1/1997
Blue-winged Warbler1997-795/9/1997
Blue-winged Warbler1998-1125/20/1998
Blue-winged Warbler1998-815/2/1998
Blue-winged Warbler2006-152 11/3/2006
Prothonotary Warbler2000-1334/22/2000
Swainson's Warbler#28065/12/1913
Swainson's Warbler52-94-775/1/1994
Lucy's Warbler2002-1824/21/2002
Connecticut Warbler1998-1395/16/1997
Mourning Warbler1999-1505/8/1999 - 5/15/1999
Kentucky Warbler52-95-885/5/1995
Kentucky Warbler2008-31 4/16/2008
Kentucky Warbler2009-98 10/24/2009
Kentucky Warbler2010-74 4/22/2010
Cape May Warbler2010-58 4/26/2010 - 4/27/2010
Cape May Warbler2012-63 4/26/2012 - 4/28/2012
Cape May Warbler2018-046 05/07/2018
Bay-breasted Warbler1998-975/23/1998
Blackburnian Warbler52-88-399/2/1988
Blackburnian Warbler1997-845/2/1997
Bullocks x Baltimore Oriole2006-17 2/20/2006
Pine Warbler2002-1365/7/2002
Pine Warbler2002-163 
Pine Warbler2007-71 10/14/2007
Pine Warbler2009-72 4/30/2009
Pine Warbler2010-181 10/19/2009
Yellow-throated Warbler1999-1335/2/1999
Yellow-throated Warbler2007-31 5/3/2007
Prairie Warbler1999-1395/8/1999
Canada Warbler2013-95 10/07/2011
Canada Warbler2013-253 09/16/2013
Hepatic Tanager2000-1435/14/2000
Scarlet Tanager55-92-195/25/1992
Scarlet Tanager2000-1475/21/2000
Scarlet Tanager2004-375/24/2004
Pyrrhuloxia56-89-5312/17/1989
Painted Bunting2002-1815/22/2002
Painted Bunting2008-51 5/5/2008