Your Guide to Birding

in Alamosa County

County Map Alamosa County
Author(s):  Nathan Pieplow
County Seat: Alamosa
Size: 719 square miles
Low Elevation: 7,499 ft. - Rio Grande River on the Conejos border
High Elevation: 14,345 ft. - Blanca Peak
Best Birds: White Ibis (1998), Magnificent Hummingbird (1992)
Checklist: Alamosa County Checklist
Introduction: At the heart of the San Luis Valley, Alamosa County has a little bit of everything, but not all of it is easy to access. The jewels of the county are several excellent state parks and wildlife refuges, including a Nature Conservancy preserve, that provide access to fantastic wetland habitats in addition to extensive semidesert flats. The city of Alamosa, meanwhile, offers some very decent birding. Nice PJ can be found on public land in the northeast, as can higher montane habitats all the way to tundra, but to reach most of them you'll have to do some very strenuous hiking. The Nature Conservancy attaches a very high value to the county and the region for its natural wonders--and rightly so.

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Birding Sites

Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Lowland Riparian, Marsh
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Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge Accessible
Habitat: Sagebrush, Marsh, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Blanca Wetlands Accessible
Habitat: Sagebrush, Marsh, Pond/Lake/Reservoir
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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Accessible
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Lowland Riparian, Burn Area, Foothill Shrub, Sagebrush, Mixed Conifer Forest, Streamside Willow
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Medano-Zapata Ranch
Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Foothill Shrub, Greasewood/Rabbitbrush,, Marsh
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San Luis Lakes
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Black Greasewood
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South River Road (CR S-112)
Habitat: Wet Meadow
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Zapata Falls
Habitat: Pinyon-Juniper Forest, Lowland Riparian, Stream
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CBRC Accepted Records from Alamosa County

SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Eurasian Wigeon8-93-11010/23/1993
Eurasian Wigeon2006-027 4/1/2006
Red-necked Grebe2-74-1319/2/1974
Rivoli’s Hummingbird31-92-297/17/1992
Ruby-throated Hummingbird2014-001 09/12/2013
Anna's Hummingbird31-85-36 7/28/1984
Whimbrel2016-051 07/20/2016
Ruddy Turnstone2012-097 8/26/2012
Pectoral Sandpiper2011-021 3/27/2011
Sabine's Gull2002-0849/21/2002 - 9/26/2002
Western Gull2016-054 07/20/2016
Lesser Black-backed Gull2011-149 10/26/2011
Glaucous-winged Gull23-95-433/3/1995
Least Bittern2001-0845/3/2001
Little Blue Heron5-84-186/3/1983
Tricolored Heron5-94-95/ /1994
White Ibis1998-0114/15/1998 - 5/5/1998
White Ibis2013-182 07/28/2013
Glossy Ibis2003-0597/10/2003
Glossy Ibis2009-045 5/23/2009
Red-headed Woodpecker2016-037 05/19/2016
Brown-crested Flycatcher2014-002 06/29/2013
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher34-89-306/19/1989
Black Phoebe2014-044 04/14/2014
Vermilion Flycatcher34-82-135/2/1982
Yellow-throated Vireo51-94-575/21/1994
Sedge Wren1907-00210/23/1907
Worm-eating Warbler2001-10110/14/2001
Northern Waterthrush2012-22917 Aug 2012
Chestnut-sided Warbler2004-0275/18/2004
Blackpoll Warbler2001-10010/13/2001
Black-throated Blue Warbler2001-09910/14/2001
Black-throated Blue Warbler2002-0495/4/2002
Pyrrhuloxia2011-084 6/8/2011 - 6/10/2011