Your Guide to Birding

in Teller County

County Map Teller County
Author(s):  Allan Burns, David M. Elwonger, Jeff Jones, Mark Peterson
County Seat: Cripple Creek
Size: 559 square miles
Low Elevation: 6,704 ft. - Fourmile Creek on the Fremont border
High Elevation: 13,060 ft. - Devils Playground
Best Birds: Sandwich Tern (2013)
Checklist: Teller County Checklist
Introduction: For a small mountain county, Teller does not get very high--it barely clears 13,000 feet. Its bodies of water are not that large, and its area is not that big. In spite of all this, however, the birding here can be excellent. The county's checklist is surprisingly large, as is its diversity of montane habitats. It is a great destination for birders visiting the Colorado Springs area.

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Birding Sites

Dome Rock Trail
Habitat: Mixed Conifer Forest, Streamside Willow, Lowland Riparian
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Experimental Forest
Habitat: Mixed-Conifer Forest
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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest
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Habitat: Urban/Suburban
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Hayman Fire Burn Area
Habitat: Burn Area
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Horsethief Falls
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest; Streamside willow, Mountain Meadow
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Manitou Lake and Trout Creek
Habitat: Lake, Lowland Riparian, Streamside Willow, Ponderosa Forest
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Mueller State Park
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Spruce-Fir Forest
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Pikes Peak Tollway
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Reservoir
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The Crags
Habitat: Mixed Conifer Forest
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Woodland Park
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Ponderosa Forest
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Wrights Reservoir
Habitat: Reservoir
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CBRC Accepted Records from Teller County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Tundra Swan2020-044 30 Oct 2020
Surf Scoter2021-002 15 Oct 2021
Black-necked Stilt2021-004 7 May 2021
Dunlin2020-045 26 Oct 2020
Sandwich Tern2013-177 6/27/2013 - 6/30/2013
Common Black Hawk2020-033 12 Sep 2020
White-eyed Vireo2020-067 15 May 2020
Blue-headed Vireo2020-048 10 Oct 2020
Common Redpoll2004-0102/1/2004
White-winged Crossbill56-81-37 23 Jun 1981
Thick-billed Longspur2019-024 12 Oct 2019
Field Sparrow2003-0355/22/2003
Prothonotary Warbler2002-21310/17/2001
Hooded Warbler2014-050 05/05/2014
Cape May Warbler2021-028 10 May 2021
Bay-breasted Warbler52-78-566/24/1978
Blackpoll Warbler2003-070