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Spinney Mountain State Park - Park County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: Spinney Mountain Reservoir is a great waterbird hotspot. It has hosted tens of thousands of waterbirds, double-digit scoters of three species, swans, and even some good shorebirds! Spinney's main claim to fame is probably the large (for Colorado) number of scoters that show up here each fall. Surf is almost always the most common, followed by White-winged, and Black as a distant third. Red-necked Grebes and Tundra Swans have been seen here multiple times, and practically every species of duck that has occurred in Colorado has been seen here. Loons also appear in large numbers, with Common and rarely Pacific present. Other goodies that have been seen include Glaucous Gull, Eurasian Wigeon, and Black-necked Stilt. Lapland Longspur and Snow Bunting (quite rare) have been seen around the grassy area near the dam.

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
Directions: From Colorado Springs, follow US 24 55 miles west. Turn left (south) on CR 23 and continue about three miles to CR 59 (592). Turn right (west). The entrance road to the park is on the left in about a mile. From Antero Junction, follow US 24 east to the town of Hartsel. On the east side of Hartsel, follow CR 59 east out of town. The entrance to Spinney is on the right in about eight miles.
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CBRC Records from Spinney Mountain State Park

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Yellow-billed Loon2006-182 10/22/2006
Smith's Longspur2012-154 9/20/2011