Ohkay Owinge (aka San Juan Pueblo) is located in Espanola, NM. The reservation embraces the Rio Grande river, and lakes were dug close enough to the river to be infiltrated by river water. The lakes are stocked with trout, and attract lots of local anglers. They also attract birders. I got a report that hooded mergansers were just recently seen on the lakes, and that constituted reason enough to visit.
On the way, I saw a bald eagle circling over Velarde, where the Rio Grande Gorge ends. Then it’s a few minutes more across the northern part of the Espanola Valley to the lakes. On arrival, I saw only a few ducks, and a group of Canada geese resting on the ice. A kingfisher or two were present. The lakes and river are a remarkable bit of habitat in an otherwise unfortunate urban area, known for its drug problems and violence. Here’s to Ohkay Owinge for keeping its act relatively together admidst such mayhem.