Birding by Habitat for the Western Slope

This guide lists the top birds found in each habitat and the prime time to
 find them, just before they nest


Here is some new information on prime survey dates for some of Colorado's forest owl species, provided by Tyler Hicks of Western State College.

N. Pygmy-Owl - mid to late March
Boreal Owl - last few days in March to mid-April
N. Saw-whet Owl - Second week in April to late April
Flammulated Owl - mid-May to early June


Low Riparian Habitat -- 1 May through 15 June

Yellow Warbler, Song Sparrow, American Robin

+Mourning Dove, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Spotted Sandpiper, Black-headed Grosbeak, Bullock's Oriole, Common Grackle, Common Yellowthroat

Semi-desert Habitat -- 15 May through 29 May

Horned Lark, Lark Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Say's Phoebe, Golden Eagle, Loggerhead Shrike, Burrowing Owl. Possibly Rock Wren.

+ Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Bunting, Mourning Dove, Common Raven, Northern Mockingbird, Sage Thrasher, Vesper Sparrow, Black-billed Magpie, Western Kingbird

Sagebrush Habitat (east vs. west) -- 15 May through 4 June

Brewer's Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Sage Thrasher, Mountain Bluebird

+Western Meadowlark, Green-tailed Towhee, Horned Lark, (Lark Bunting), Mourning Dove, Cassin's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Sage Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, (Grasshopper Sparrow)

Pinyon-Juniper Habitat -- 15 May through 29 May

Chipping Sparrow, Gray Flycatcher, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Juniper Titmouse, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Pinyon Jay, Bewick's Wren.  Lower elevations Gray Vireo, higher elevations Plumbeous Vireo.

 +Mourning Dove, Mountain Bluebird, Spotted Towhee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Green-tailed Towhee, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, Virginia's Warbler, House Finch, Common Raven

Mountain Shrub Habitat -- 29 May through 12 June

Virginia's Warbler, Green-tailed & Spotted Towhees, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Dusky Flycatcher

+Warbling Vireo, American Robin, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Wren, Orange-crowned Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Brown-headed Cowbird

Ponderosa Habitat -- 29 May through 12 June

Western Bluebird, Western Tanager, Grace's Warbler, Pygmy Nuthatch, Williamson's Sapsucker

+Western Wood-Pewee, Gray-headed Junco, American Robin, Audubon's Warbler, Mourning Dove, Chipping Sparrow, Mountain Chickadee, Hermit Thrush, Violet-green Swallow, Green-tailed Towhee, Warbling Vireo

Mid-Riparian Habitat -- Late May through June

MacGillivrays Warbler, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler. American Dipper if water moves, Swainson's Thrush at higher elevations.

+Veery (rare), Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow

Aspen Habitat -- 12 June through 26 June

Purple Martin, Violet-green & Tree Swallows, Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Warbling Vireo, House Wren, American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk, Western Wood-Peewee, Flammulated Owl

+Dark-eyed Junco (gray-headed), American Robin, Audubon's Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Lincoln's Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Chickadee, Pine Siskin, White-crowned Sparrow

Mixed Conifer Habitat -- 5 June through 19 June
(Any kind of pine and anything else OR pure Douglas fir)

Red-breasted Nuthatch, Steller's Jay

+Audubon's Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco (gray headed), warbling Vireo, Western Tanager, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Mountain Chickadee, Hermit Thrush, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Siskin, House Wren

Spruce/Fir Habitat -- 19 June through 10 July

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Audubon Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, Gray Jay, Three-toed Woodpecker, Boreal Owl

+Mountain Chickadee, Audubon's Warbler, Pine Siskin, Red Crossbill

High Riparian Habitat -- 12 June through 26 June

White-crowned & Lincoln Sparrows, Wilson's Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher

+American Robin, Spotted Sandpiper

Alpine Tundra Habitat -- 19 June through 17 July

American Pipit, Ptarmigan, Horned Lark, Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

+White-crowned Sparrow, American Robin, Rock Wren, Wilson's Warbler, Timberline Sparrow, Black Swift

 

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