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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Sanchez Reservoir State Wildlife Area - Costilla County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This is the second-best reservoir in the county. While scanning the birds here can be a challenge (especially the southern part of the lake, which can involve a long walk), at least there are usually birds here! Large duck flocks can contain almost every expected species, along with white geese, and potentially a loon or an interesting grebe. Sanchez has shorebird potential also. The small cottonwood stands around the entrance should be investigated for passerines. Swallows abound around the dirt banks in season.

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir
Directions: From the intersection of CO 159 and CO 142 in San Luis, head east on the continuation of CO 142 (CR P.6) about three miles to CR 21 and turn right (south). From here it is about five miles south to the SWA. Check the seasonal ponds and the brush along the way for ducks and sparrows, respectively, but do it from the road.
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