Birding Trail Tour
March 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pmFree
Trail Birding Tour: Join local ornithologist and author John Rawinski for a birding walk along the a trail in southeast Alamosa. The trail just recently opened in the fall of 2020 and is managed by the Alamosa Parks and Recreation Department.
This trail is one of the hottest birding locations in any season in the San Luis Valley. It has an amazing diversity of habitats that birds find attractive and is a new birding hotspot on eBird! Within the Toivo Malm trails alone, there are 129 documented species of birds that have been observed since 2019. During the Crane Festival in mid-March, we will hike about a one-mile round trip on an easy trail and hope to see a good variety of ducks such as Mallard, American Wigeon, Pintail, and Bufflehead. We might even see our first Cinnamon Teal of the season. Upland birds like Northern Flicker, Mountain and Black-capped Chickadees, Song Sparrows and Juncos may also be seen. One specialty we will watch for are the magnificent Bald Eagles that hunt and roost along the river. This should be an exciting time afield.
We will meet our tour host at 10:30 a.m. We will spend about 1 ½ hours hiking a one-mile round birding trip on an easy trail, departing around 12:00. Be sure to bring water, hiking boots, a lunch or snacks, and personal items such as binoculars and camera. Dress in layers for late winter/early spring conditions.