This area is approximately 11 miles west of Melrose. The area has remnant large cottonwoods and an exotic poplar-type tree. There is a small cattle tank which provides water. The area is surrounded by grasslands as far as the eye can see.

Directions: On the north side of US-60, 10 miles west of Melrose near Mile Marker 354.

Ornithological Summary

This is a premier migrant trap. A very large variety of migrants pass through each spring and fall. Both Barn and Great Horned Owls often are here. In addition to normal migrants up the eastern plains of New Mexico this spot has a long list of migrating vagrants.

Conservation Issues

This area contains large old cottonwoods which are beginning to fall. No new cottonwoods are coming in.

Ownership

State land leased by Boys Ranch of New Mexico

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