Your Guide to Birding

in Yuma County

County Map Yuma County
Author(s):  Mark Minner-Lee, Mark Peterson, Nathan Pieplow, Andrew Spencer
County Seat: Wray
Size: 2,365 square miles
Low Elevation: 3,320 ft. - Arikaree River on the KS border
High Elevation: 4,440 ft. - Yuma Corner
Best Birds: Groove-billed Ani (1976 & 1982), Louisiana Waterthrush (1977), Swallow-tailed Kite (1984)
Checklist: Yuma County Checklist
Introduction: This giant plains county offers birders a great opportunity in all seasons with a choice selection of savory locations that are largely underbirded.  Yuma County provides a long list of bird specialties that appear more at home in the eastern U.S. as it shares its border with Kansas and Nebraska.  Such gems as Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Greater Prairie Chicken, Northern Cardinal, Baltimore Oriole, and a whole host of rare warblers have been seen annually.   The prime location that shouldn't be missed in the county is South Republican SWA (formerly Bonny Lake State Park) with a birding list that rivals the best of locations in Colorado.  So whether you spend a few hours or several days in Yuma County - you'll be delighted with the feathered friends that make their appearance.

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Beecher Island area
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Grassland/Prairie, Yucca
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Greater Prairie-Chicken areas
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Yucca
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Hale area
Habitat: Lake/Pond/Reservoir, Lowland Riparian, Marsh, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt, Grassland/Prairie, Yucca
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Habitat: Urban/Suburban
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Lazy LW Ranch (The Wilson Ranch)
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Shelterbelt
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Sandy Bluffs State Trust Land
Habitat: Grassland/Prairie, Yucca, Lowland Riparian
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South Republican SWA
Habitat: Lake/Pond/Reservoir, Lowland Riparian, Marsh, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt, Grassland/Prairie, Yucca
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Wray Area
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Lowland Riparian, Stream, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Grassland/Prairie, Marsh
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Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Park/Cemetery
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CBRC Accepted Records from Yuma County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
American Black Duck1952-00110/22/1952
Groove-billed AniN-26-7210/3/1976
Groove-billed Ani1982-0049/17/1982
Black-billed Cuckoo1904-0015/21/1904
Black-billed Cuckoo26-89-255/14/1989
Black-billed Cuckoo2005-064 6/6/2005 - 7/9/2005
Hudsonian Godwit2000-0315/13/2000
Hudsonian Godwit2021-022 8 May 2021
Ruddy Turnstone2002-1215/20/2001
Buff-breasted Sandpiper9-73-565/11/1973
Pomarine Jaeger2001-15510/8/2000
Short-billed Gull2006-176 12/2/2001
Neotropic Cormorant2005-024 4/19/2005 - 5/16/2005
Least Bittern1930-0021930
Least Bittern5-73-815/12/1973
Tricolored Heron1987-00111/20/1987
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron5-96-65/19/1996
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron2006-120 9/4/2006
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron2014-113 07/17/2014
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron2017-032 05/26/2017
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron2017-056 09/15/2017
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron2018-074 08/24/2018
Swallow-tailed Kite10-85-165/13/1984
Red-shouldered Hawk10-76-222/15/1976
Red-shouldered Hawk10-76-475/5/1976
Red-shouldered Hawk2005-085 9/4/2005
Williamson's Sapsucker2020-040 23 Nov 2020
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker2003-085 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher2012-029 5/14/2011
Eastern Wood-Pewee2016-002 09/07/2015
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher2013-161 05/25/2013
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher2014-065 05/14/2014
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher2014-139 08/28/2014
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher2015-112 10/09/2015
Alder Flycatcher1906-0025/26/1906
Alder Flycatcher2012-096 5/24/2012
Alder Flycatcher2014-064 05/21/2014
Alder Flycatcher2014-134 08/31/2014
Alder Flycatcher2015-047 05/02/2015
Alder Flycatcher2015-073 05/21/2015
Alder Flycatcher2016-11025 May 2016
Alder Flycatcher2016-11229 May 2016
Alder Flycatcher2016-11521 Aug 2016
Alder Flycatcher2017-08629 May 2017
Black Phoebe34-88-226/12/1988
Yellow-throated Vireo51-72-384/24/1971 - 4/25/1971
Yellow-throated Vireo51-96-675/17/1996
Blue-headed Vireo1982-00510/6/1982
Blue-headed Vireo2003-0699/7/2003
Blue-headed Vireo2009-040 6/16/2009
Blue-headed Vireo2012-106 9/1/2012
Blue-headed Vireo2013-033 09/30/2012
Philadelphia Vireo51-90-475/20/1990
Philadelphia Vireo2005-087 9/4/2006
Philadelphia Vireo2011-131 10/3/2011
Philadelphia Vireo2012-189 10/06/2012
Philadelphia Vireo2013-211 09/18/2013
Sedge Wren42-76-395/6/1976
Sedge Wren2013-240 10/12/2013
Sedge Wren2018-047 05/12/2018
Eastern Marsh Wren2014-158 15 Oct 2014
Gray-cheeked Thrush44-75-465/11/1975
Gray-cheeked Thrush44-77-255/14/1977 - 5/15/1977
Gray-cheeked Thrush44-87-565/12/1986
Gray-cheeked Thrush2013-279 05/11/1996
Gray-cheeked Thrush2011-067 5/29/2011
Gray-cheeked Thrush2013-219 09/28/2013
Swainson's Thrush (Russet-backed)2014-070 14 May 2014
Swainson's Thrush (Russet-backed)2014-071 23 May 2014
Wood Thrush1915-0016/24/1915
Wood Thrush44-87-585/17/1987
Wood Thrush2002-0605/19/2002
Varied Thrush1999-1191/1/1999
Sprague's Pipit2004-055 10/10/2004
Sprague's Pipit2005-008 10/2/2005
Sprague's Pipit2007-070 10/13/2007
Sprague's Pipit2008-115 10/4/2008
Sprague's Pipit2010-130 10/10/2010
Sprague's Pipit2011-135 10/7/2011
Sprague's Pipit2011-141 10/15/2011
Purple Finch56-77-101/22/1977 - 1/29/1977
Purple Finch56-82-441/3/1981
Purple Finch2008-008 1/27/2008 - 3/1/2008
Purple Finch2008-009 2/2/2008
Purple Finch2012-098 12/16/2011
Smith's Longspur2006-137 9/30/2006
Field Sparrow56-73-16 13 May 1972
Field Sparrow56-74-119 12 Oct 1974
Fox Sparrow (Red)2003-08411/14/2003
Fox Sparrow (Red)2005-146 12/23/2005
Fox Sparrow (Red)2007-069 10/13/2007
Fox Sparrow (Red)2010-128 10/9/2010
Golden-crowned Sparrow1923-00311/4/1923
Golden-crowned Sparrow2002-1241/6/2002
LeConte's Sparrow56-93-15 5/12/1993 - 5/13/1993
LeConte's Sparrow2009-067 10/3/2009
Nelson's Sparrow2007-060 10/6/2007
Baird's Sparrow2014-135 09/13/2014
Eastern Towhee2005-145 12/22/2005 - 12/23/2005
Eastern Towhee2014-140 09/13/2014
Eastern Towhee2015-062 05/21/2015
Eastern Meadowlark2012-135 10/6/2012
Eastern Meadowlark2019-056 12 May 2019*
Baltimore Oriole2007-136 06/09/2007
Worm-eating Warbler52-90-625/15/1990
Worm-eating Warbler52-94-755/14/1994
Worm-eating Warbler52-96-825/17/1996
Louisiana Waterthrush52-77-235/14/1977
Golden-winged Warbler52-85-24 5/12/1985
Golden-winged Warbler2013-147 05/18/2013
Golden-winged Warbler2013-156 05/18/2013
Golden-winged Warbler2013-157 05/25/2013
Blue-winged Warbler52-74-844/24/1971
Blue-winged Warbler52-96-725/10/1996
Prothonotary Warbler52-74-615/11/1974 - 5/12/1974
Prothonotary Warbler52-75-425/11/1975
Prothonotary Warbler52-93-165/16/1993
Orange-crowned Warbler2011-22103 Oct 2011
Mourning Warbler52-86-215/25/1986
Mourning Warbler2012-107 9/1/2012
Mourning Warbler2014-063 05/14/2014
Mourning Warbler2017-035 05/29/2017
Mourning Warbler2020-065 16 May 2020
Cape May Warbler2007-118 5/21/2007
Cape May Warbler2013-196 05/21/2013
Cape May Warbler2021-030 16 May 2021
Blackburnian Warbler52-74-855/18/1974
Blackburnian Warbler52-83-475/18/1983
Blackburnian Warbler2002-0615/19/2002
Pine Warbler52-78-515/14/1978
Pine Warbler2005-080 8/6/2005
Yellow-throated Warbler52-77-245/15/1977
Yellow-throated Warbler2009-031 5/11/2009
Prairie Warbler52-76-715/15/1976
Prairie Warbler52-94-715/18/1994
Prairie Warbler1997-0916/1/1997
Prairie Warbler2003-1385/6/2003
Canada Warbler52-89-495/21/1989
Canada Warbler52-89-519/2/1989
Canada Warbler52-94-829/3/1994
Hepatic Tanager55-82-225/15/1982
Painted Bunting56-91-765/12/1991
Painted Bunting56-92-925/10/1992