Though Salineno is quite limited in area, it has been one of the traditional sites from which birders scan the river in hopes of finding some of its sought-after specialties. With lots of luck, you could look out over the Rio Grande as a Ringed or Green kingfisher flies by, or as a Muscovy Duck, Hook-billed Kite, or Redbilled Pigeon appears. More likely are cormorants, various wintering ducks, Osprey (fall through spring), or Bank Swallow (nests in nearby river banks). Though the situation is improving as this book is being written, there are still relatively few places that provide good public access to the Rio Grande between Falcon Dam and the Gulf of Mexico. As a result, Chapeno has long been popular with birders visiting the area of the dam and Falcon State Park.
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