Your Guide to Birding

in Conejos County

County Map Conejos County
Author(s):  Mark Peterson, Nathan Pieplow, Andrew Spencer
County Seat: Conejos
Size: 1,290 square miles
Low Elevation: 7,295 ft. - Rio Grande River on the NM border
High Elevation: 13,172 ft. - Conejos Peak
Best Birds: Golden-winged Warbler (1998), Black Phoebe (1996)
Checklist: Conejos County Checklist
Introduction: Conejos County. This southern San Luis Valley county is little-birded, but has big potential. It is a county of high mountains, large reservoirs, extensive sagebrush plains and bad bridges. In short, this is one of those magical counties that has a little bit of everything!

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Alamosa Canyon and Cat Creek Canyon
Habitat: Lowland Riparian
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Antonito area
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Sagebrush, Lowland Riparian, Stream, Pond, Marsh
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Conejos Canyon
Habitat: Ponderosa Forest, Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Lowland Riparian, Stream
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Hot Creek State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Wet Meadow, Pinyon-Juniper Forest
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La Jara and Sanford
Habitat: Urban/Suburban
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Pike's Stockade
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Streamside Willow, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Wet Meadow
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Platoro Reservoir
Habitat: Reservoir, Spruce-Fir Forest, Mountain Meadow, Streamside Willow
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Pond along CR Z by Costilla county line
Habitat: Pond
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Rio Grande Canyon
Habitat: Cliff Face, Stream
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San Luis Hills
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Sagebrush
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Sego Springs State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Pond, Marsh, Lowland Riparian, Sagebrush
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Small pond along CR 24
Habitat: Pond, Marsh
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Terrace Reservoir
Habitat: Reservoir, Streamside Willow, Spruce-Fir Forest
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Trujillo Meadows State Wildlife Area
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Mountain Meadow, Streamside Willow, Reservoir
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CBRC Accepted Records from Conejos County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Eurasian Collared-Dove2004-0092/13/2004
Long-tailed Jaeger2018-066 09/07/2018
Black Phoebe34-96-477/19/1996
Black Phoebe2021-009 23 Jun 2021
Juniper Titmouse2001-0873/9/2001
Chestnut-collared Longspur2016-023 03/27/2016
Scott's Oriole2009-046 5/23/2009
Golden-winged Warbler1998-1155/16/1998