Birding at the Chico

The Chico Basin Ranch is a major flyway for migratory birds, due to the abundant springs, lakes and bird habitat on the ranch. The ranch works closely with Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and has over 300 birds on the ranch bird list. Many people come to the ranch in the spring and fall to bird.

Bill Maynard is one of birders that comes most frequently. When we asked him if he would keep the ranch birding journal, he was pleased and agreed to do it. Thank you Bill! Bill has taught high school biology, worked as a naturalist for the National Park Service and as a biologist for a variety of government agencies. He has also worked for the American Birding Association at their national headquarters in Colorado Springs. 

Click Here to download the Ranch Bird Checklist

Click Here to download the Birding Trail Map (4mb PDF)

Click Here to download the Ranch Dragonfly and Damselfly Checklist

Resident Barn Owl
Two Barn Owls were seen roosting in the net lanes of the Banding Station on the 10th of January. Here, one of them gets ready to move to a different roost when it spotted me trying to enter one of the tumbleweed covered net lanes. 
Posted by Bill M. on 01/11/2015

No Smoking!
Getting close to The Casita and the Banding Station is currently difficult with a huge accumulation of  wind-blown tumbleweeds at both locations.  While there are wintering birds at the edge of the weeds, once they move into the areas with the densest accumultion it is very diffiuclt to view them.  Two Barn Owls were visible in one section of the Banding Station as the weeds offer rodents both food and protection from most avian predators.
Posted by Bill M. on 01/11/2015

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