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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Loveland Basin Ski Area - Clear Creek County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: What Guanella Pass is to ptarmigan, Loveland Basin was to rosy-finches, at least until the ski area took down the feeder, blaming Forest Service regulations. Despite the noise and constant traffic, flocks of rosy-finches used to visit the feeder more-or-less regularly from around Thanksgiving, when the ski area usually opens, to at least the end of April and often the beginning of May.

Other birds once regular here include "Gray-headed" Junco, Pine Grosbeak, Mountain Chickadee and (for some strange reason) Red-winged Blackbird. The feeder also attracted Gray and Steller's Jays, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin, and Red Crossbill. In 2002-2003 it was frequented by a migrationally challenged White-throated Sparrow.

Some people have seen White-tailed Ptarmigan while skiing at Loveland Basin, so if you are skiing, keep an eye out.

Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest
Directions: The ski area is on the south side of I-70 at exit 216. Do not confuse Loveland Basin Ski Area with Loveland Valley Ski Area, which is a couple hundred yards downhill.
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CBRC Records from Loveland Basin Ski Area

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
White-throated Sparrow2003-5