Salida, Colorado: Sands Lake SWA

The second part to the amazing May 2017 birding experience I had in Salida, Colorado was Sands Lake State Wildlife Area.  It consists of Sands Lake and a stretch of the Arkansas River – my husband and I spent about an hour walking the lovely trails and walkway along the river.

The lake has had a lot of effort put into it to be bird friendly.  Two islands naturally create a safe atmosphere for waterbirds like pelicans, geese and ducks.  And at least two nesting platforms have been put up, as well as a handful of (floating?) platforms scattered around the lake.

The most exciting sighting of the day was an American Dipper, a first for me.  And I even managed to get a decent shot of it.

We also saw a yellow-rumped warbler, several yellow warblers, cedar waxwings, and tree swallows in areas along the river and lake.  A memorable sighting was the pair of ospreys, one on a nest and the other perched on a light pole nearby.  Below are the rest of the photos.  Hope you get to visit Salida some day!

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3 responses

  1. julesmcarter

    Hey Judy Bobby and I saw a variety of ducks one day—super mismatched. It was too hard to figure the types out. Sounds like that isn’t that uncommon. Love you Julie

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    March 5, 2018 at 3:27 am

    • I bet there’s a few at Virginia Lake. I saw a Muscovy duck there once, also pretty unusual. I’ve been seeing more and more of these hybrids, they always leave you kind of guessing.

      March 7, 2018 at 10:57 pm

  2. Bill Howard

    Thanks Judy and Jack I always enjoy your Pics.

    March 13, 2018 at 5:01 am

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