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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

McKay Lake - Adams County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: Map. This natural area on the border of Broomfield isn't usually very productive for waterbirds, although numbers of ducks are sometimes decent and Trumpeter Swan has shown up. The real draw here is the grove of mature cottonwoods on the north end of the lake, which during migration can host good varieties of Empidonax flycatchers, warblers, and/or foothill birds. Goodies including Palm and Chestnut-sided Warblers and Eastern Phoebe have been found here. Great Horned Owl can often be found roosting in the grove, and it should be checked for Eastern Screech-Owl.

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Lowland Riparian
Directions: From I-25 exit 225, go west on 136th Avenue one half mile to Huron Street. Turn right on Huron and drive one mile north to 144th. Turn left on 144th. The north parking lot, where the grove is, is on the left (south) side of 144th in 0.9 miles, just before Zuni.
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CBRC Records from McKay Lake

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Trumpeter Swan2013-047 01/19/2002
Scarlet Tanager2013-263 05/05/2005