Our great birding areas are easily accessible — roads and trails in the National Park and the Lake Estes pathway along the Big Thompson river and through the lakeside bird sanctuary are favorite spots. Spring bird migration is a particularly popular time to come. Lumpy Ridge north of Estes in the Park is closed to climbers each year while the Peregrine Falcons nest there.
National Geographic says There could hardly be a more beautiful spot to see high-country birds than Rocky Mountain National Park.
Estes Park is a birder's paradise according to Audubon Magazine.
Rocky Mountain National Park naturalists lead birdwalks during spring, summer and fall. Check the calendar for dates and times.
Scott Rashid, master bander and licensed bird rehabilitator, conducts bird identification and banding classes at the Estes Park YMCA.
Rocky Mountain Nature Association offers seminars in the Park. This year, for example, for kids there is a "Jr. Naturalist Birding Adventure" in June, and "Summer Birding with a Naturalist" offered several dates in June and July, and "Hummingbirds Beyond the Feeder" in July.
Kids can follow the real-time migration paths of two female ospreys from Rocky Mountain National Park - Shadow & Rainbow - as they fly down to Mexico for the winter. Visit the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory to find links to their maps.
Local resident, Scott Roederer has published a book, Birding Rocky Mountain National Park. Other birding books are available from our online bookstore at Barnes and Noble. guide book.
Cornell University produces a 3-CD set, Bird Songs of the Rocky Mountain States and Provinces. You can sample some of the songs online.
Annual bird counts have listed these backyard birds of Estes Park.