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!

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

    Sent from my iPhone


    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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s