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Gunnison - Gunnison County
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Description: The Brown-capped Rosy-Finch is found primarily in the area of high mountains between Gunnison and Denver. Generally speaking, they are abundant in Gunnison during the winter. The more snow, the more birds. They come to feeders outside the city (Debbie Way, Cranor Hill Road and Antelope Hills Road). During the summer, they can be found on cliffs at high altitudes. Gray-crowned and Black rosy-finches are also seen at feeders in the winter, but usually in smaller numbers.

Otherwise birding in the town of Gunnison isn't particularly interesting, except for maybe the Eurasian Collared-Doves which have gone nuts in the past few years. They can be seen most anywhere in town, especially in the area of large conifers, such as on the WSC campus and near the Forest Service building which is at 216 N Colorado. We had a Lewis' Woodpecker in the cemetery the past 3 years, but starlings have taken over the tree they were using. Who knows if they will be back?

Along with the rosy-finches, the Gunnison CBC also has high numbers of American dippers, which can be seen anywhere along the river that is free of ice.

Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Park/Cemetery, Stream
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Directions: Gunnison is along US 50 at its junction with CO 135, about five hours southwest of Denver.
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CBRC Records from Gunnison

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Eurasian Collared-Dove2005-78 7/30/2005
Sandhill Crane2018-093 6 May 2018
Little Blue Heron2002-644/20/2002
Variable Hawk10-87-45 08/31/1987 - 8/30/1994
Philadelphia Vireo51-72-248/18/1972
LeConte's Sparrow#367205/6/1952
Nelson's Sparrow#3671910/24/1952
Baltimore Oriole2004-1025/27/1998
Blue-winged Warbler2000-1228/25/2000
Scarlet Tanager55-72-259/3/1972