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Burlington - Kit Carson County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: The largest town and county seat of Kit Carson County generally receives less birding attention than Flagler, but can serve up equally good birds. In the town itself, Eurasian Collared-Doves and Great-tailed Grackles abound, and seeing a Chimney Swift during the summer is not unusual. Keep an eye out for Mississippi Kites, which are colonizing NE Colorado and will surely appear here in the near future.

As in all towns of size on the eastern plains, the abundant trees around town can be worth a look for migrants in season. When looking for migrants, be sure to check the amazingly thick but young grove of trees on the southeast corner of Rose and 8th, just west of exit 438. While nothing of consequence has been found here yet, that is almost certainly due to lack of coverage.

Unlike the previous location, things of consequence have been found at the Burlington Cemetery, just north of town along US-385. The cemetery is mostly made up of large conifers with no undergrowth, and thus is mostly good for treetop migrants and not as good for skulkers. This location can also be good for sparrows during migration. Look for warbler flocks in season, and sapsuckers during the winter. During certain years this can be a spot to check for mountain invaders such as Red Crossbill and Mountain Chickadee. A Cape May Warbler that was found here one spring demonstrates this spot's potential.

The Burlington Sewage Ponds, just south of town, are often the best spot in the county for waterbirds. These ponds can be teeming with ducks, a few grebes, swallows, etcetera. Generally, these ponds do not have good mud-flats, but Wilson's Phalaropes can abound, and Red-necked should be looked for. Unlike many sewage ponds on the eastern plains, these are easily scanned from the road. Red-headed Woodpecker can be common in season in the dead trees along the road between the town and the ponds.

Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Park/Cemetery, Pond
Directions: Burlington is at the junction of US-385 and I-70, 77 miles east of Limon. The cemetery is on the left side of US-385 about 2 miles north of town. To reach the sewage ponds, take exit 438 and head east from the exit on CR V. Take an almost immediate right onto a road that parallels the interstate for a short distance, and then bends to the south to become CR 49. The ponds will be on your left in about a mile.
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CBRC Records from Burlington

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Eurasian Collared-Dove2001-1744/14/2001
American Woodcock2011-172 11/18/2011 - 11/30/2011
Zone-tailed Hawk2015-043 04/08/2015
Lark Bunting2020-042 9 Nov 2020
Hermit Warbler52-91-665/6/1991