The trees around this charming little town normally have things like Bullock’s Oriole, Eurasian Collared-Dove, passerine migrants during migrations, and finches during the colder months. In this dry part of the state any water tends to attract birds, and Nucla has two ponds that are worth visiting from a birder’s perspective. Nucla Town Reservoir is the larger of the two, and is good for ducks, shorebirds when low, and the occasional gull or tern. The trees around the lake can be good for passerines. The sewage ponds west of town are smaller, but are still good for ducks.
Habitat: Urban/Suburban, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Lowland Riparian
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 1/2 mile. The reservoir is on the left.
Delorme: 65 B4
Roads of Colorado: 113 E1
Dates of Access: Open all year
Restrictions: Respect private property; view water from the road
Lodging: Hotels in Naturita
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car