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South Platte Park - Arapahoe County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This little gem of a park is seldom covered except by a few local birders, and has lots of untapped potential. The main draw here for most birders is the series of small to medium sized ponds that often play host to large rafts of ducks, including rarities such as Long-tailed Duck and a hybrid Common Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser that has patronized the area for a few years. Occasionally these same lakes also hold gulls or shorebirds. There is also a good-sized marsh with a viewing blind that can have rails, Marsh Wren, and maybe even a Bittern. The riparian corridor along the South Platte River is nothing to be scoffed at, either. It is certainly worth a look for migrants, sparrow flocks during the winter, and breeding species that can include American Redstart and Least Flycatcher during the summer. Finally, to top it all off, there are a couple of patches of grasslands that hold a few breeding prairie species, including Vesper Sparrow.
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Pond, Marsh
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Directions: Take the Santa Fe exit off of C-470 and head north on Santa Fe for one mile to Mineral Ave. Take a left onto Mineral and then your first right onto the Platte River Pkwy. Go past the large park-and-ride to the Carson Nature Center and the parking lot for South Platte Park.
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