Your Guide to Birding

in Lake County

County Map Lake County
Author(s):  Nathan Pieplow, Andrew Spencer
County Seat: Leadville
Size: 379 square miles
Low Elevation: 9,160 ft. - Arkansas River on the Chaffee border
High Elevation: 14,433 ft. - Mount Elbert
Best Birds: Alder Flycatcher (2003), Red-headed Woodpecker (2004)
Checklist: Lake County Checklist
Introduction: This high mountain county is one of the least birded in the state, and at first glance would not seem to be especially good for birds�it has the highest lowpoint of any Colorado county. However, Lake County has some fairly good lakes, and several different kinds of montane habitat. Even a few really good rarities have shown up here.

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Crystal Lakes
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Sagebrush
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Fremont Pass
Habitat: Spruce-fir Forest, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Streamside Willow
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Hayden Meadows Recreation Area
Habitat: Stream, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Streamside Willow, Sagebrush
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Independence Pass
Habitat: Spruce-fir Forest, Krummholz, Streamside Willow, Alpine Tundra
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Leadville
Habitat: Urban/Suburban
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Leadville National Fish Hatchery
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Spruce-Fir Forest, Streamside Willow
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Mount Elbert Forebay
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Mount Massive Lakes
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Mountain Meadow, Streamside Willow, Aspen Grove
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Turquoise Lake
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Twin Lakes (Lake County)
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Ponderosa Forest, Aspen Grove, Streamside Willow, Sagebrush
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CBRC Accepted Records from Lake County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Red Phalarope2007-74 10/20/2007
Black-legged Kittiwake2006-161 11/20/2006
Red-headed Woodpecker2004-97 7/10/2004
Alder Flycatcher2003-506/7/2003