Your Guide to Birding

in San Miguel County

County Map San Miguel County
Author(s):  Coen Dexter
County Seat: Telluride
Size: 1,287 square miles
Low Elevation: 5,305 ft. - Dolores River on the Montrose border
High Elevation: 14,017 ft. - Wilson Peak
Best Birds: Painted Bunting (2000)
Checklist: San Miguel County Checklist
Introduction: San Miguel. This remote county is little-birded but rewarding. From the low desert sage and redrock canyons in the west to the high mountains that cradle Telluride in the east, with a good-sized reservoir in the middle, San Miguel has a little bit of everything.

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Big Gypsum Valley
Habitat: Sagebrush, Grassland/Prairie, Pinyon/Juniper Forest, Lowland Riparian, Cliff Face
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Bridal Veil Falls
Habitat: Cliff Face, Streamside Willow, Spruce-Fir Forest
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Broad Canyon
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Sagebrush
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Dry Creek Basin State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Sagebrush, Grassland/Prairie, Pinyon/Juniper Forest
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Lone Cone and the Uncompahgre National Forest
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Mixed Conifer Forest, Spruce-Fir Forest, Streamside Willow, Aspen Grove
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Miramonte Reservoir
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Marsh, Sagebrush
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San Miguel River Canyon Preserve
Habitat: Rimrock/Mesa; Lowland Riparian Forest; Stream
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San Miguel River South Fork Preserve
Habitat: Mixed-Conifer Forest, Stream, Aspen Grove
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Slick Rock
Habitat: Rimrock/Mesa
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Woods Lake State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Spruce-Fir Forest, Alpine Tundra, Mountain Meadow
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CBRC Accepted Records from San Miguel County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Eurasian Collared-Dove2003-003 9/7/2003
Ruddy Ground Dove2020-022 10/19/2020-11/18/2020
Mississippi Kite2004-500 06/19/2004
Black Phoebe1998-0923/22/1998
Black Phoebe1998-0947/6/1998
Vermilion Flycatcher2017-063 10/07/2017
Pacific Wren2014-083 07/13/2014
Brown Thrasher2017-066 10/12/2017
Lapland Longspur2021-012 15 Feb 2021
Painted Bunting2002-0817/26/2002