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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Nucla - Montrose County
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Ownership: None Listed
Description: This little town at the base of the Uncompahgre Plateau can have good birding. In the last two years a feeder in Nucla has produced White-winged Dove, "Red" Fox Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Harris Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Black Rosy-Finch and Purple Finch.

Nucla has sewer ponds west of town two miles. The area north of the ponds is land that has been reclaimed after coal was strip-mined. Snow and Ross's Geese can be seen during November and December. In the spring Long-billed Curlew use the area.

Nucla Town Reservoir is the largest lake in the area and is a good magnet for waterbirds during migration. Large cottonwood trees around the reservoir attract passerines. The water can be viewed from the county road right-of-way.

Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Lowland Riparian
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Directions: To get to the sewage ponds, drive west from Nucla on CR CC. Turn north on CR 27.00 for 1/2 mile. Turn east a short distance to the ponds. To get to the town reservoir, take CR CC east out of Nucla. This is 10th Avenue. Drive for two miles to the end of CR CC. Turn right (south) for half a mile. The reservoir is on the left.
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