Birds of the Mountain Parks and Mt. Evans Regions
--from Municipal Facts, Vol. 2, No. 3, March 1919
No less than 108 species have been recorded for Lookout Mountain and vicinity, to say nothing of the many species to be found at higher elevations, yet this brief list may serve to impress upon the reader the fact that Denver's Mountain Parks and the Mount Evans region offer a wealth of material and unlimited opportunities for the study of a phase of bird life unknown upon the plains.
An Annotated List of the Birds of the Mountain Parks and Mount Evans region
by Robert B. Rockwell and Alexander Wetmore.
Shoveller Duck Spatula clypeata only one record Lookout Mountain.
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana only one record Lookout Mountain.
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia only one record Lookout Mountain.
Killdeer Oxyechus vociferus vociferus only one record South Table Mountain.
Bobwhite Colinus virginianus virginianus Common resident west to Golden.
Ring-Necked Pheasant Phasianus torquatus A few wander to the top of Lookout Mountain.
Dusky Grouse Dendragapus obscurus obscurus Not uncommon resident.
White-tailed Ptarmigan Lagopus leucurus Resident above timberline on Mount Evans.
Western Mourning Dove Zenaidura Maeroura marginella Common summer resident.
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura septentrionalis Occasional summer resident.
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter velox Regular migrant probably occasional summer resident.
Western Red Tail Buteo borealis calurus Occasional summer resident.
Western Sparrow Hawk Falco sparverius phaleana Not uncommon summer resident.
Long-eared Owl Asio wilsonianus Not uncommon resident.
Saw-whet Owl Cryptoglaux acadica One of the few records of the state comes from Lookout Mountain resident.
Rocky Mountain Screech Owl Otus asio maxwelliae Common resident on the plains to the edge of the foothills.
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus lagophonus The second record of this subspecies for Colorado comes from North Table Mountain.
Rocky Mountain Hairy Woodpecker Dryobates villosus monticola Resident not uncommon.
Woodpecker Dryobates pubescens homorus resident not uncommon.
Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius nuchalis Common resident.
Williamson's sapsucker Sphyrapicus throideus resident not uncommon.
Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythocephalus One record for Lookout Mountain. Common on the plains west of Golden.
Lewis' Woodpecker Asyndesmus lewisi Common summer resident wintering on the plains.
Red-shafted Flicker Colaptes cafer collaris Common summer resident, wintering on the plains.
Poorwill Phalaenoptilus nuttalli nuttalli Summer resident not common.
Western Nighthawk Chordeiles henryi Summer resident fairly common.
White-throated Swift Aeronautes melanolencus Summer resident, not uncommon.
Broad-tailed Humming Bird Selasphorus platycerous Summer resident, common.
Arkansas Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis Summer resident rather uncommon.
Say's Phoebe Sayornis sayus Summer resident, less common in mountains than on plains.
Olive-sided Flycatcher Nuttalornis borealis Summer resident not common.
Western Wood Pewee Myiochanes richardsoni richardsoni summer resident, not uncommon above 7,500 feet.
Wright's Flycatcher Empidonax wrighti Summer resident rather rare.
Desert Horned Lark Otocoris alpetris leucolaema Resident not uncommon.
Magpie Pica pica hudsonia Common resident, a characteristic bird.
Long-Crested Jay Cyanocitta Stelleri diademata Common summer resident. The most typical mountain parks bird.
Woodhouse Jay Aphelocoma woodhousi Resident, rather uncommon.
Mountain Jay Perisoreus canadensis capitalis Common resident around 10,000 feet.
Clarke's Nutcracker Nucifraga columbiana Resident, not uncommon.
Pinon Jay Cyanocephalus cyanocephalus Irregular visitor.
Cowbird Molothrus ater ater Summer resident, not common.
Yellow Headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus Common summer resident on the plains, to the base of the foothills.
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus fortis Occasional summer resident in the mountains, abundant on the plains.
Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta Common summer resident, wintering sparingly on the plains.
Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullocki Not uncommon summer resident in Golden.
Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus Summer resident, not uncommon.
Rocky Mountain Pine Grosbeak Pinicola anucleator montana Only one record from Lookout Mountain.
Cassin's Purple Finch Carpodacus cassini Summer resident rather rare.
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis Resident, much more common in the plains than in the mountains.
Bendire's Crossbill Loxia curvirostra bendirei Resident irregular visitor.
Redpoll Acanthis linaria Not uncommon in migration.
Goldfinch Astragalinus tristis Only one record from near Golden.
Arkansas Goldfinch Astragalinus psaltria Common summer resident at Golden.
Pine Siskin Spinus pinus Summer resident, rather uncommon.
Brown-capped Leucosticte Leucosticte australis Summer resident above timberline, winter resident above the plains.
Western Vesper Sparrow Poocaetes gramineusconfinis Common summer resident.
Western Savannah Sparrow Passercelus sandwichensis alaudinus Summer resident, not common.
Western Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum bimaculatus Only one record from Lookout Mountain.
Western Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus strigatus Summer resident, rather uncommon.
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys Common summer resident in higher altitudes.
Gambel's Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys gambeli Common In migration.
Western Tree Sparrow Spizella monticola ochracea Common winter resident.
Brewer's Sparrow Spizella breweri Summer resident, not uncommon.
White-winged Junco Junco aikeni Rather common, winter resident.
Slate colored Junco Junco hyemalis Only two records, from near Golden.
Shufeldt's Junco Junco hyemalis montanus Regular winter resident. Common migrant.
Montana Junco Junco hyemalis montanus Winter resident. The commonest winter Junco.
Pink-sided Junco Junco hyemalus mearnsi Winter resident. The commonest winter junco.
Gray-headed Junco Junco phaeonotus caniceps Summer resident, very common. The only regular summer Junco.
Mountain Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia montana Common resident, more abundant during migration.
Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolni Common in migration.
Spurred Towhee Pipilo maculatus montanus Summer resident. Very common.
Green-tailed Towhee Oreospiza chlorura Common summer resident, but not as abundant as the preceding species.
Black-headed Grosbeak Zamelodia melanocephala Summer resident. More common on the plains than in the mountains.
Western Blue Grosbeak Guiraca cerulea lazula One record from Morrison.
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea Very rare. One record from Golden.
Lazuli Bunting Passerina amoena Summer resident, fairly common.
Lark Bunting Calamospiza melanocorys Not uncommon in migration.
Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana Summer resident, not uncommon.
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon Lunifrons Common summer resident.
Barn Swallow Hirundo erythrogastra Common summer resident.
Northern Violet Green Swallow Tachyceneta thalassina lopida Common summer resident.
Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrula Erratic winter visitor.
Northern Shrike Lanius borealis Occasional winter visitor.
Western Warbling Vireo Vireosylva silva swainsoni Summer resident. Not common.
Cassin's Vireo Vireo solitarius cassinli One of the few state records comes from Cresswell.
Virginia's Warbler Vermivora virginae Summer resident, common.
Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata Not uncommon in migration.
Lutescent Warbler Vermivora celata lutescens Not uncommon in migration.
Yellow Warbler Dendroica aestiva Common summer resident.
Myrtle Warbler Dendroica coronata Regular spring migrant.
Audubon's Warbler Dondroica auduboni Common during migration.
MacGillivray's Warbler Oporonis tolmici Common summer resident.
Western Yellowthroat Goethlypis trichas occidentalis Summer resident. Common in vicinity of Golden.
Long-Tailed Chat Icteria virans longicauda Summer resident. Common along Clear Creek as far west as Golden.
American Pippit Anthus rubescens Common in migration at lower altitudes.
American Dipper Cinclus mexicana Common resident along streams.
Sage Thrasher Orescoptes montanus Not uncommon in migration.
Catbird Dumetella carolinensis Summer resident, rather uncommon west of Golden.
Rock Wren Salpinctes a obsoletus Common summer resident in rocky hillsides.
Canon Wren Catherpes mexicanus conspersus Summer resident, not common.
Western House Wren Troglodtes aedon parkmani Abundant summer resident.
Rocky Mountain Creeper Certhia familiaris montana Summer resident in higher elevations, winter resident in lower.
Rocky Mountain Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis nelsoni Common resident.
Red-Breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis Resident not common.
Pygmy Nuthatch Sitta pygmaea Abundant resident.
Long-tailed Chicadee Penthestes atricapillus septentrionalis Resident. More common in winter than in summer.
Mountain Chicadee Penthestes gambeli Abundant resident.
Ruby Crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula Summer resident in higher elevations.
Golden Crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa olivaceus Occasional migrant.
Townsend's Solitaire Myadestes townsendi Resident. Rather common.
Olive-backed Thrush Hylocichla ustulata swainsoni Common spring migrant.
Western Robin Planesticus migratorius propinquus Abundant summer resident.
Eastern Bluebird Sailia sialis one record from near Golden.
Chestnut-backed Bluebird Sialias mexicana bairdi One record of nesting birds on Colorow Point.
Mountain Bluebird Sialia surrcoides Common summer resident.
See also accompanying article.
Note: Be aware that many species names, both common and scientific, have changed since 1919. This species list and the accompanying article were taken from a copy transcribed in 1934; both are in the process of being checked against the originals to determine the historical spellings as originally published (e.g., "chicadee") and eliminate any errors introduced in transcription.
Italics added for scientific names.