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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Del Norte West to South Fork - Rio Grande County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: The Rio Grande attracts many swallows, including large numbers of Cliff Swallows under bridges (e.g., CR 19), plus many Barn, Tree, and Northern Rough-winged Swallows near the river. Violet-green Swallow is seen at ranch ponds north of the Rio Grande on CR 18. Along with common waterfowl at the ponds, Forster's Tern and Marsh Wren may occur. In the dry hills on the north side of the river both Pinyon Jay and Western Scrub-Jay are seen. Anywhere along the river and tributary streams, American Dippers dip, especially in winter. On a cliff at the east end of South Fork's Rio Grande Golf Club on CR 15, a White-throated Swift colony has nested for years. Watch for Willow Flycatcher in brush along river.

Habitat: Stream, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Streamside Willow, Pinyon-Juniper, Cliff Face
Directions: CR 15 along north side of Rio Grande between Del Norte and South Fork, and connecting roads south across Rio Grande.
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