Elbert Road and Elbert
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, and is good for other grassland and edge species. The town of Elbert itself, in the heart of Elbert County’s ponderosa country, is a small town that 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.
Delorme: 51 C6
Roads of Colorado: 90 A2
Dates of Access: Open all year
Restrictions: Some of the property is private; remain on the road
Lodging: Hotel in Elizabeth
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car