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

Bird Watching (UK) - - Profile Gilbert White -

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.

CANYON COUN­TRY

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