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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

McPhee Reservoir - Montezuma County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: The water level in this reservoir varies enormously, from completely dry to overfull. Waterbird potential varies accordingly. The forests on the east and north sides around the campground are all ponderosa, with good potential for Dusky Flycatchers (look also for Gray and Hammond's), Orange-crowned, MacGillivray's, Grace's and (in open areas with oak understory) Virginia's Warblers, Flammulated and Northern Saw-whet Owls, and (especially in aspen groves) Williamson's and Red-naped Sapsuckers. Dusky Grouse and accipiters are possible. CR 31 becomes FR 526 which continues into Dolores County.

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Ponderosa Forest, Aspen Grove, Scrub Oak Forest
Directions: From the center of Dolores take CR 31 (FR 526) due north to bird the ponderosa areas on this plateau. Take a left onto FR 528 about six miles north of Dolores to get to the McPhee Reservoir campground.
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SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Mexican Duck2014-209 15 Apr 2014