Birds & Butterflies

Feathered Friends Known to Visit, Reside or Nest at Cimarron Rose

* Those nesting on or near the house

DIURNAL RATORS: Northern Harrier, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Red-Tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, American Kestrel, Turkey Vulture (our official sign of Spring is when this “highway clean-up crew” arrives back home in April)


PIGEONS & DOVES: Band-tailed Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Eurasian-Collared Dove

CUCKOOS: Greater Roadrunner

OWLS: Flammulated Owl, Great-Horned Owl, Western Pygmy Owl

GOATSUCKERS & SWIFTS: Common Poorwill, *Common Nighthawk, White-throated Swift

HUMMINGBIRDS: Black-chinned Hummingbird, *Calliope Hummingbird, *Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird

  • Male Black-chinned Hummingbird

  • Male Rufous Hummingbird


WOODPECKERS: Williamson’s Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker, *Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Acorn Woodpecker, Lewis’ Woodpecker

TYRANT FLYCATCHERS: Western Wood-Pewee, *Cordilleran Flycatcher, *Say’s Phoebe, *Ash-throated Flycatcher, Cassin’s Kingbird, Western Kingbird

VIREOS: Plumbeous Vireo, Cassin’s Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Hutton’s Vireo

JAYS, CROWS & THEIR ALLIES: Steller’s Jay, Western Scrub Jay, Gray Jay, Pinyon Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, Chihuahuan Raven

SWALLOWS: Violet-green Swallow

CHICKADEES, NUTHATCHES & THEIR ALLIES: Juniper Titmouse, *Mountain Chickadee, Bushtit, *White-breasted Nuthatch, *Pygmy Nuthatch, Brown Creeper

WRENS: *House Wren, Winter Wren, Rock Wren, Canyon Wren

KINGLETS: Ruby-crowned Kinglet

GNATCATCHERS: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (rare)

THRUSHES: *Mountain Bluebird, *Western Bluebird, Townsend’s Solitaire, *American Robin, Hermit Thrush

MIMIDS: Northern Mockingbird

WAXWINGS: Cedar Waxwing

WOOD WARBLERS: *Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler (rare), Virginia’s Warbler, *Yellow Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Aububon’s / Myrtle is rare), Grace’s Warbler, Black & White Warbler (rare), Northern Water Thrush (rare), MacGillivrays Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler

TANAGERS: Western Tanager, Hepatic Tanager

  • Immature or female
    Townsend’s Warbler

  • Female Hepatic Tanager with
    Orange-Crowned Warbler

  • MacGillivray’s Warbler

  • Male Western Tanager


BUNTINGS: *Lazuli Bunting, Indigo Bunting

GROSBEAKS: Blue Grosbeak, *Black-headed Grosbeak, Rose-breasted Grosbeak (rare)

EMBERIZENE SPARROWS & THEIR ALLIES: Spotted Towhee, *Green-tailed Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, *Chipping Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, *Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-Colored, Oregon, Pink-Sided, Red-Backed & Gray Headed subspecies), *White-crowned Sparrow

ICTERIDS: Bullock’s Oriole, Red-winged Blackbird (rare), Brewer’s Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

FINCHES: *Red Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak, *House Finch, Cassin’s Finch, *Lesser Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, *Pine Siskin

  • Male Lazuli Bunting

  • White-crowned Sparrow couple

  • Lincoln’s Sparrow

  • Male Indigo Bunting

  • Lesser Goldfinch couple

  • Pine Siskin

  • Immature Male Red Crossbill

All photos taken by Innkeeper Sheri McWethy-Kennedy at Cimarron Rose Bed & Breakfast. List revised January 2016 in accordance with
The Sibley Guide To Birds Of Western North America.

Butterflies of Cimarron Rose

SWALLOWTAILS: Western Tiger Swallowtail, Two-Tailed Tiger Swallowtail, Black Swallowtail

WHITES: Cabbage White, Checkered White, Spring White, Pine White, Sara Orangetip Butterfly

SULPHURS: Orange Sulphur, Sleepy Orange, Dainty Sulphur

HAIRSTREAKS: Gray Hairstreak, Juniper Hairstreak, Western Green Hairstreak

  • Black Swallowtail on B&B garden Lilac

  • Pine White at B&B on wild Hairy Golden Aster w/Sheri

  • Dainty Sulphur at B&B on wild Fleabane

  • Juniper Hairstreak on B&B garden Chokecherry


BLUES: Western Tailed – Blue, Marine Blue, Western Pygmy – Blue, Ceraunus Blue, Reakirt’s Blue, Spring Azure, Acmon Blue, Melissa Blue

  • Marine Blue on perineal salvia with Iris in background in B&B garden

  • Spring Azure on B&B garden Lilac

  • Caterpillar of Variegated Fritillary on limestone of B&B Fossil Garden Nature Trail

  • Variegated Fritillary on Gaillardia in B&B garden


CRESCENTS: Fulvia Checkerspot, Arachne Checkerspot, Field Crescent

  • Arachne Checkerspot after depositing eggs on Rocky Mountain Penstemon in B&B garden meadow

  • Caterpillar of Fulvia Checkerspot along our driveway on host plant ~ Indian Paintbrush

  • Fulvia Checkerspot along our driveway on wild Hairy Golden Aster


COMMAS and BRUSHFOOTS: Hoary Comma, Mourning Cloak, Red Admiral, American Lady, Painted Lady, West Coast Lady, Common Buckeye, California Sister, American Snout, Monarch, Queen

  • Red Admiral on B&B garden Gaillardia

  • California Sister on dried Yarrow blossoms in B&B garden

  • Common Buckeye on Dandelion blossom at the B&B

  • American Snout on fence wire above our “muddling area” in Cimarron’s corral


SKIPPERS: Northern Cloudywing, Rocky Mountain Duskywing, Juvenal’s Duskywing, Sleepy Duskywing, Pacuvious Duskywing, Common Checkered Skipper, Mountain Checkered Skipper, Pahaska Skipper, Apache Skipper, Morrison’s Skipper, Uncas Skipper, Rhesus Skipper, Taxiles Skipper, Orange-headed Roadside Skipper

  • Juvenal’s Duskywing on perennial Salvia in B&B garden

  • Rhesus Skipper on wild Trailing Fleabane at the B&B

  • Orange-headed Roadside Skipper on perennial Dianthus in B&B garden

  • Pahaska Skipper on potted Dianthus at the B&B

  • Taxiles Skipper on potted Dianthus at the B&B

All photos taken by Innkeeper Sheri McWethy-Kennedy at Cimarron Rose Bed & Breakfast. List revised January 2016 in accordance with
Kaufman field Guide to Butterflies of North America.