Updated: Feb 12
Every hotspot highlight is a randomly selected birding hotspot from around the state of Wyoming. This hotspot highlight is focused on Camplex Park in Gillette, WY. Nestled away on the outskirts of Gillette, this park packs a wallop for diversity during migration.
Birding at Camplex Park
Hotspot Name: Camplex Park
Location: Gillette, WY
Managing Organization: Campbell County Parks & Recreation
Facilities: Public Restrooms, Trails, Picnic Shelters, Drinking Water, Frisbee Golf (duck)
Ebird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L4654093
When to Bird: Spring | Fall
Number of Potential Species: 100+
Notable Birds: Franklin's Gull, Mississippi Kite, Broad-winged Hawk, Cassin's Kingbird, Plumbeous Vireo, Swainson's Thrush, Red Crossbill, Clay-colored Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Northern Parula, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Mourning Warbler, American Redstart, Blackpoll Warbler, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Rose-breasted Grosbeak... and possibly, and I do mean possibly, the state's first record of Eastern Whip-poor-will.
Description: I'm going rogue on this post. There are not a lot of species listed for this location in eBird. I'm going to be bold and say this is due to a lack of reporting in the park. However, I'm going on record in this post and saying, this park is one of the PREMIER migrant traps in Wyoming. Its proximity to the Black Hills, encourages more eastern species to use the stop as a refueling point. In addition, this is a former ag-experiment site. What does that mean? Many of the species in the park are eastern flora, planted in experimentation for use in the arid west. The flowering plants here are exactly what I'd expect in Ruby-throated Hummingbird habitat. In fact, if Wyoming sees any number of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds during migration, I would expect to find them here.
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