(Colorado Springs, CO) The Pikes Peak region is a bird lover's paradise, especially during spring migration and nesting season. Below are some local birding spots and guided hikes to help you enjoy this fascinating species.
Fountain Creek Regional Park
One of Colorado's best bird-watching spots is just south of Colorado Springs at Fountain Creek Regional Park. The varied habitat in this park, including woodland, marsh, meadow, and pond areas, attracts a wide variety of birds, and over 260 species have been identified there.
Location: 2010 Duckwood Road, Fountain, Colorado
Fountain Creek Nature Center
Fountain Creek Nature Center, located in the northern section of Fountain Creek Regional Park, has an indoor bird viewing area with binoculars for both adults and children.
The center has recorded bird sounds that visitors can enjoy while watching for feathered friends. Some of the audio options are the American Robin, Killdeer, Northern Flicker, Song Sparrow, and House Wren.
The nature center is free and the perfect place for all ages to learn more about birds.
Location: 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, Colorado
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
On Tuesday, May 3rd, Cheyenne Mountain State Park will have a "Spring Migration Bird Walk." This event is open to all ages, and participants should meet at the Visitor Center by 8:00 a.m. for the two-hour guided walk. Space is limited, so please call (719) 576-2016 to reserve a spot. A park pass (daily pass is $9) is required to participate in the event.
If you cannot attend the guided hike, take a self-guided birding tour by printing this list of birds common to Cheyenne Mountain State Park. This free Colorado Parks and Wildlife checklist identifies which birds are more likely to be seen in summer, winter, during migration (spring/fall), or year-round.
Location: 410 J.L. Ranch Heights Road, Colorado Springs, CO
Guided Birding Hikes
David Rubin is a local school teacher and environmental educator who leads numerous birding hikes in the Pikes Peak region. He has exclusive access to Venetucci Farms, a 200-acre working farm off US-85 in Colorado Springs, where 162 bird species have been identified.
Rubin is leading a guided hike at Venetucci Farms and Cross Creek Park on April 30th from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. The cost is $15 per person. To learn more about this outing and to register, go here.
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