Bird-watching in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
The sheer cliffs of Black Canyon, though prohibitive to human habitation, provide a great habitat for birds. Naturally, cliff dwellers such as peregrine falcons and white-throated swifts revel in the dizzying heights, while at river level the American dipper is a common sight as it forages for food in the rushing waters. Canyon wrens, which nest in the cliffs, are more often heard than seen, but their hauntingly beautiful songs are unforgettable. Great horned owls and Steller's jays frequent the canyon rims. Best times for birding: spring and early summer.
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