If you’re planning a birding trip of a lifetime next year, then this US state is a worthy contender with its diverse landscape and multitude of birds
Gunnison Point ,Black Canyon is just one of several spectacular sites in Colorado
MANY DESTINATIONS in North America can provide you with a wealth of birdwatching opportunities, but in most of these it is hard to pick out one group of birds that everyone wants to see. That is not the case in Colorado. In Colorado, everybody wants to see the grouse – and there are seven major target birds that all birders hope to find. The problem that these birds present is that they are secretive for 11 months of the year! But for one month only, in April, you can see them all, and often up close, which is a bonus. The US state is bigger that the whole of the UK but with only five million people living within it, and includes most of the Southern Rocky Mountains, as well as large sections of the Colorado Plateau and the Great Plains. Measuring 380 miles (west to east) by 280 miles (north to south), Colorado is home to four national parks, 11 national forests, eight national wildlife refuges, 44 state parks and 307 state wildlife areas. It is a birder’s paradise – but especially in the late winter months.