Your Guide to Birding

in Sedgwick County

County Map Sedgwick County
Author(s):  Henry Armknecht, Bill Kaempfer, Mark Peterson
County Seat: Julesburg
Size: 540 square miles
Low Elevation: 3,355 ft. - South Platte River on the NE border
High Elevation: 4,120 ft. - Sand Hill
Best Birds: Whip-poor-will (1987), Baird's Sparrow (1989)
Checklist: Sedgwick County Checklist
Introduction: Sedgwick County is in the extreme northeast corner of Colorado. It has the lowest average elevation of any county in Colorado. It is sparsely populated and arid. The main geographic feature of Sedgwick County is the South Platte River, which enters from Logan County to the west and exits north into Nebraska just east of Julesburg. The river bottom hosts a strip of riparian timber, primarily cottonwoods. I-76 runs on the south side of the river and State Highway 138 parallels the river on the north. The towns of Sedgwick, Ovid, and Julesburg are all on Highway 138, north of the river. River crossings connect these three towns to Interstate exchanges. Much of the land north of the river is hills and prairies. South of the Interstate is a narrow band of hills, and south of that is mostly flat cropland. Much of the river valley is irrigated cropland.

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Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Lowland Riparian, Park/Cemetery
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Julesburg State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Lowland Riparian, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt
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Jumbo Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Shortgrass Prairie, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt, Marsh
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Ovid Woods
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Lowland Riparian, Park/Cemetery
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Sand Draw State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Hedgerow/Shelterbelt
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Sedgwick area
Habitat: Shortgrass Prairie, Lowland Riparian, Park/Cemetery
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Triangle Grove
Habitat: Hedgerow/Shelterbelt
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CBRC Accepted Records from Sedgwick County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Eurasian Wigeon2007-087 6/9/2007
American Black Duck1944-00211/11/1944
Eurasian Collared-Dove2000-0684/1/2000
Common Ground Dove2011-159 11/12/2011 - 11/30/2011
Black-billed Cuckoo26-90-298/7/1990
Black-billed Cuckoo2005-162 6/5/2005
Eastern Whip-poor-will29-87-419/27/1987
Piping Plover18-75-127 7 Sep 1975
Buff-breasted Sandpiper2012-109 9/8/2012
Parasitic Jaeger2016-076 09/17/2016
Black-legged Kittiwake23-90-2611/22/1990
Black-legged Kittiwake23-94-3511/26/1994
Black-legged Kittiwake2009-011 3/21/2009 - 3/23/2009
Ross's Gull23-83-324/28/1983 - 5/6/1983
Laughing Gull23-75-816/8/1975
Short-billed Gull2009-009 2/25/2009
Glaucous-winged Gull23-92-833/31/1989
Red-throated Loon2010-067 11/19/2005
Neotropic Cormorant4-86-229/6/1985
Neotropic Cormorant4-90-28/21/1990
Tricolored Heron2008-094 8/8/2008
Snowy Owl2010-055 2/9/1967
Eastern Wood-Pewee34-75-635/24/1975
Eastern Wood-Pewee34-90-328/18/1990
Eastern Wood-Pewee2013-155 05/26/2013
Alder Flycatcher2001-0805/19/2001
Alder Flycatcher2015-071 05/24/2015
Alder Flycatcher2015-072 05/24/2015
Alder Flycatcher2015-15025 May 2015
Alder Flycatcher2015-15125 May 2015
Alder Flycatcher2016-11128 May 2016
Alder Flycatcher2017-08730 May 2017
Alder Flycatcher2017-08830 May 2017
Philadelphia Vireo51-83-395/23/1983
Philadelphia Vireo51-83-405/31/1983
Carolina Wren2000-1114/1/2000
Sedge Wren42-79-146/27/1978
Sprague's Pipit46-89-359/30/1989 - 10/8/1989
Sprague's Pipit46-91-5410/12/1991 - 10/19/1991
Sprague's Pipit1999-12210/18/1999
Sprague's Pipit2010-069 10/8/2005
Smith's Longspur2005-103 10/8/2005
Golden-crowned Sparrow2010-062 10/8/2005
Baird's Sparrow56-89-5710/14/1989
Eastern Towhee1998-1485/14/1998
Eastern Towhee2014-068 05/24/2014
Golden-winged Warbler52-75-625/24/1975
Prothonotary Warbler52-75-615/11/1975
Kentucky Warbler52-84-44/22/1983
Pine Warbler2010-086 7/4/2010
Canada Warbler2004-093 9/4/2004
Scarlet Tanager2012-164 5/17/2012