Birding in Sinks Canyon State Park

Updated: Jun 19

The water may sink in Sinks Canyon, but your bird list will assuredly rise. (bud-dum-cha)

A Clown or a Chukar in Wyoming

Hotspot Name: Sinks Canyon State Park

Location: Lander, WY

Managing Organization: Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, and Trails

Facilities: Public Restrooms, Trails, Picnic Area, Fishing, Handicap Accessible, Swimming, Horseback Riding

Fees: $6 resident/$9 nonresident (Peak Season); $4/$6 (Off Season)


Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/m8FDFEJqKgynpakL9


Ebird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1106638

When to Bird: Spring | Summer | Fall | Winter

Number of Potential Species: 130





Notable Birds: Chukar, White-throated Swift, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Golden Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Belted Kingfisher, Williamson's Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond's Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, Violet-green Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Dipper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Cassin's Finch, Pine Siskin, Song Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Orange-crowned Warbler, Virginia's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting



Other Wildlife: North American Porcupine, Pacific Marten, American Mink, Black Bear, Bobcat, Bighorn Sheep



Description: Want to see a clown dressed like a bird? Or maybe it is a bird dressed like a clown? Either way, Sinks Canyon State Park is one of my favorite spots in the state to look for territorial Chukars. Seeing the males stand atop large boulders, singing their chuk-chuk-chuk-chuk song makes me happy. Want to see these Chukars? Park near the "rise," and scope the boulders at the bottom of the west canyon wall. If you are looking for montane species, you will want to get up on top of the rim. Make sure to also visit the Middle Forks/Falls Trailhead at the far end of the park.





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