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Manitou Lake and Trout Creek - Teller County
Aliases: Trout Creek
Ownership: None Listed
Description: The jewel of Teller, this small lake and the Trout Creek riparian corridor flowing north from it offer the county's best birding by far. Nearly 200 species have been recorded here. Among the most prominent are Song Sparrow, Wilson's Warbler during fall migration, and Red-naped Sapsucker, which breeds here. Among the migrating warbler species recorded in this area in recent years are Nashville, Northern Parula, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, and Hooded. This spot can also be good for flycatchers, and it has attracted an increasing number of water birds in recent years.

Those interested in a detailed overview of the area's birds should see "Birds of Trout Creek," written by Patrick Gould, Jeff Jones, and David Elwonger, available as a PDF at

Habitat: Lake, Lowland Riparian, Streamside Willow, Ponderosa Forest
Directions: Take US 24 to Woodland Park. Turn right on CO 67 and head 7.3 miles to the Manitou Lake entrance on the right. Note that there is a $5 entry fee at Manitou Lake.
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CBRC Records from Manitou Lake and Trout Creek

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Tundra Swan2020-044 30 Oct 2020
Dunlin2020-045 26 Oct 2020
Sandwich Tern2013-177 6/27/2013 - 6/30/2013
Common Black Hawk2020-033 12 Sep 2020
White-eyed Vireo2020-067 15 May 2020
Blue-headed Vireo2020-048 10 Oct 2020
Thick-billed Longspur2019-024 12 Oct 2019
Field Sparrow2003-0355/22/2003
Cape May Warbler2021-028 10 May 2021
Blackpoll Warbler2003-070