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The highlight of Windsor birding is Windsor Lake, a medium-large, deep, rocky-shored lake nearly circumnavigated by a walking trail. The main access is via Boardwalk Park in the southwest corner. The lake trail can also be accessed via the southeast corner (at the north end of Chimney Park Drive) or from the northwest corner, from which you can also scan a smaller lake on the west side of Seventh Street (CO 257). Windsor Lake can be superb or dull, depending on the shad (a small fish) population. When good, it has attracted multiple interesting large gulls (such as Glaucous, Lesser Black-backed and Thayer's) plus vast hordes of mergansers and Western/Clark's Grebes. During May 2011, two Black-legged Kittiwakes spent time here and an Arctic Tern payed a brief visit. During March 2013, among the swarms of Cackling Geese, a minima (Pacific Northwest subspecies) Cackling Goose was a one-day wonder.
If you're in Windsor during landbird migration, don't fail to check out Windsor Main Park, which has a good variety of mature deciduous shade trees.
The southern part of Windsor contains Poudre Park and the adjacent Eastman Park, the current western terminus of the Poudre River Trail. The Trail currently runs along pretty marginal riparian habitat between Eastman Park and CO 257, just over a mile to the east. If you like golf course ponds, don't miss the ones both north and south of this stretch of the river. The stretch of the river just to the west of the bridge at Eastman Park looks much more productive, with extensive second growth and some mature trees, but at this time it can only be birded from the opposite (north) shore of the river.
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Windsor is four miles east of I-25 on CO 392. Best access to Windsor Lake is north of CO 392 on the east side of 7th Street (CO 257). Windsor Main Park is south of CO 392, at about 4th and Locust. To get to Poudre and Eastman Parks, head south from CO 392 on 7th Street to just north of the Poudre River and turn right (west). Look for signs.
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American Black Duck
6/10/2005 - 6/19/2005