This blog details the birds seen during a 5 month residency at Zapata Ranch, Colorado. You will find the birding events from early May to early October 2013 detailed within. There is also a species list incorporated into the blog. The San Luis Valley, within which the ranch sits, offers great birding throughout the seasons along with some amazing migration spectacles. There were many highlights over the 5 months and some scarce species recorded too. Colorado’s second Brown crested Flycatcher in late June 2013 and an immature male Ruby-throated Hummingbird during September of the same year.