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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Elbert Road and Elbert - Elbert County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This road runs south of Kiowa to the town of Elbert, and has in recent years been the most reliable place near Denver for Dickcissel, though "reliable" might be too strong a word. The small farmer's pond three miles south of Highway 86 has hosted American White Pelican (tough in this county) and a pair of calling Willow Flycatchers, though these are not to be expected regularly. Scanning this private pond is difficult, but watch for waterbirds in the air nearby.

The town of Elbert itself, in the heart of Elbert County's ponderosa country, this small town also contains some nice riparian habitat. Outside town, look for Pygmy Nuthatch, Steller's Jay and Western and Mountain Bluebirds; inside town, bird the riparian areas for migrants in season.

Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Park/Cemetery, Grassland/Prairie, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Lowland Riparian, Grassland/Prairie
Directions: Elbert Road runs from state route 86 just west of Kiowa south to the town of Elbert and thence into El Paso county. The best section for Dickcissels is from the intersection with CO 86 to 5 miles south.
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