Birding in Wyoming: Hotspot Highlight at Sinks Canyon State Park

Updated: Mar 23

A Clown or a Chukar in Wyoming

Each week I pick a random birding hotspots from around the state of Wyoming, and I provide insights on birding the locations! Today's selection is Sinks Canyon State Park near Lander. I try to include birds in the notable section IF they have a high-ish relative occurrence during the best months to bird the location. And sometimes I lob in a bird just because it is really cool. If you have missed any of our previous "Hotspot Highlights," click here to catch up!

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)


Ebird Hotspot:

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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