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Higbee Cemetery - Otero County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: At first glance, this tiny cemetery doesn't look like a good birding spot. Not at all the kind of place you would expect to find the first successful nest of a Vermilion Flycatcher in Colorado. Well, looks can be deceiving. In addition to these great former residents, this can be a great place to find Cassin's Kingbird, and there's a decent chance at Greater Roadrunner, Canyon Towhee, Curve-billed Thrasher and Ladder-backed Woodpecker. During the winter there are often large flocks of Mountain Bluebirds here, along with a few Townsend's Solitaires, and Sage Thrashers abound during the spring and fall migrations. There is another, even smaller cemetery further down the road that rarely has much, but it can be another place to look for the woodpecker and the thrasher. Absolutely do not trespass in this area.
Habitat: Park/Cemetery, Rimrock/Mesa
Directions: From US 50 in the heart of La Junta, head south on CO 109 (signed for Pritchett and Kim). Roughly twelve miles south of town, look for a dirt road on the right (CR 804)--if you cross the Purgatoire River, you have gone about a mile too far. The cemetery is on the left (south) side of CR 804, about a mile from CO 109.

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CBRC Records from Higbee Cemetery

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Vermilion Flycatcher2000-87 
Vermilion Flycatcher2001-30 
Vermilion Flycatcher2002-155 9/14/2002
Worm-eating Warbler2001-636/5/2001