Looking for help with your Colorado birding trip?
- Don't know where to start with finding birds in our 8th largest state? Let us be YOUR guide!
- We don't have a set schedule of tours--pick your own dates!
- Your trip can be planned for as many days as you decide!
- Tell us YOUR target birds; we'll plan a tour to help find them!
- Need extra time for photography or just want to enjoy birds at your pace?
Traveling to Colorado for birding is already a major outlay of your time and resources--Working with a professional guide to maximize your experience is a great investment!
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Colorado Birding Adventures organized a wonderful “target birding” private tour for me on extremely short notice. My excellent guide, Marcel Such, displayed superb birding skills… and up-to-the-second knowledge of Mountain Plover, McCown’s Longspur, Red-naped Sapsucker and Brown-capped Rosy-Finch, all the four life birds I wanted to see plus many other interesting Colorado specialties. I highly recommend Colorado Birding Adventures for the novice or expert birder in search of a great Colorado birding experience. Read more “Outstanding Birding Guides!”
I’ve had the pleasure of birding with Colorado Birding Adventures in both winter and summer, and both trips exceeded my expectations! My first trip was… in Feb. 2018 with Christian. I had an ambitious “wish list” of species, and he found most of them. This required quite a bit of persistence and expertise; esp. for the 3-toed Woodpecker. I lived in Colorado for awhile back in the ’90s, but I had never seen the area of the Sawatch Range/Collegiate Peaks in Colorado, which was quite beautiful and Christian found many of my target birds there. Then in June 2019 I booked a trip with Carl. Initially, I was focused on Mountain Plover, Lark Bunting Green-tailed Towhee, and a few other species I was missing from my Life list, but Carl was able to utilize my ebird account to prepare a “target list” of likely birds for June in Colorado that I was missing from my life list. Well, this was fantastic and educational! I did two full days with Carl, the first in Rocky mountain National Park, and the second in the Pawnee National Grasslands, and ended up with 21 Life birds, when I really only expected 5 or 6. Wow!!! We also saw numerous mammals, including an amazing encounter with a Badger who was eating prey! I love to take photos of birds, and both Christian and Carl were patient and accommodating for this and I am so pleased with the photos. It was also wonderful that they did the driving, as birding in Colorado requires covering significant distances, so that was a HUGE bonus. These days were definitely some of the best of both my winter and summer vacations!! Read more “Found Species I Didn’t Even Know About!”
I spent a most enjoyable day birding with Carl. Most of our day was spent in Rocky Mountain National Park. The scenery alone was simply… breathtaking. I had given Carl a list of five bird species of which I was most interested in seeing. And didn’t Carl nail ALL of them, with STUNNING views. Our time spent with the white tailed ptarmigans was over the top! We had to hunt a bit to find the Williamson’s Sapsucker, which Carl found, both male and female, another memorable moment. By the end of the day I had added five species to my ABA list, four of which were lifers. I tallied over 60 bird species and at least 9 mammal species. It was one fantastic adventure! I have been birding now some 30+ years which has taken me to nearly half of our United States and ten foreign countries. The time I spent with Colorado Birding Adventures ranks up there with the best. All in all, most excellent! P. S. I’m already looking forward to my next Colorado Birding Adventure! Read more “Birding Colorado? Do it right!”
Birding in Colorado was a “Rocky Mountain High” for me! I spent two packed days of birding with Colorado Birding Adventures while my wife was… in Denver on a business trip. Those two days were easily some of the best days of birding I’ve ever experienced. Carl Bendorf, lead guide and owner, made it an experience of a lifetime by getting me on practically all the birds I was desiring to see. (He even made a herculean effort in getting me on a White-tailed Ptarmigan in spite of striking out because of the difficult periods of snow and extreme winds at 12,000 feet. That effort was a reflection of just the kind of birding guide he is.) I loved spending those two days with Carl, especially that very special moment between him, myself, and a Northern Pygmy Owl, which was my highest target bird on my list for the trip. The time with Carl solidified a birding philosophy of mine, that it’s not “just” about the birds, it’s also about the birding friendships developed along the way. My wife was busy with business and couldn’t do any birding with me while we were out there. After listening to me tell of my adventures and seeing my photos, she is excited about getting back out as soon as we can. When we return, we’ll be hooking back up with Colorado Birding Adventures. If you’re looking for experienced, expert, and personal birding…I HIGHLY RECOMMEND… Carl Bendorf and Colorado Birding Adventures. Read more “Some of the Best Birding Days I’ve Ever Experienced”
“I recently had a phenomenal 2.5 days of birding with Carl Bendorf, the owner of Colorado Birding Adventures. I am an experienced bird photographer but… had never had the opportunity to photography in Colorado. I reached out to Carl to not only help maximize my time but take advantage of his skill and experience to find things I likely wouldn’t on my own. My investment really paid off. I was able to get excellent shots of multiple species including several I had never seen or photographed before. Some highlights include superb photos of Black-billed Magpie, Steller’s Jay, Canada Jay, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Prairie Falcon, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Pygmy Nuthatch, American Dipper, Townsend’s Solitaire, and of course the extremely elusive White-tailed Ptarmigan! The ptarmigan was by far the most exciting. We spent several hours well above 12,000 feet looking and were finally rewarded with amazing and close views. I took more than 10,000 images in our time together and am just now going through them. I hope to have them on my website soon at www.stubblefieldphoto.com. On a personal note, Carl is the quintessential gentleman. Not only is he knowledgeable, he has a tremendously amiable personality that no doubt allowed him to thrive in his previous life as a development officer at a major university. It was an absolute pleasure getting to know him in our short time together. I have no doubt I will be taking advantage of his services again in the near future. I cannot recommend him enough for anyone wanting to see the amazing birds of Colorado.” Read more “Can’t Recommend Enough!”
” I was thrilled with how in-tune my guide, Carl Bendorf, was with helping me find the birds I was looking for. In my case, I… was trying to see and photograph as many Colorado birds as possible in a few days, and Carl really went above and beyond to help me achieve that goal. He knows where to find the birds you are looking for. Be prepared for amazing birds and stunning landscapes (and if you are lucky, other critters as well!). This was a beautiful, unforgettable experience – highly recommended!! (one full day Pawnee Grassland, one full day Rocky Mountain National Park)” Photos submitted by A. Boggan: Read more “Above and beyond – a thrilling birding experience!”