ACES Birding By Habitat: Red Canyon Trail 5/24/22
May 24, 2022
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 8am-11:30am
Weather: Partly Cloudy
Location: Red Canyon Trail, Woody Creek
This hike is an exploration of pinyon-juniper woodland habitat as far upvalley as it extends before transitioning to pure juniper woodlands with rising elevation. Additional habitats on this hike included sagebrush shrubland, mountain shrubland, riparian forest, and pasture/hay meadow. We were entertained at the start of the hike by an active flock of ravens over the lower flank of Triangle Peak, observing lots of aerial stunts, high speed chases, and vocalizations. Hummingbirds seemed especially abundant along the route, although most other birds were less active. Other highlights included watching aerial interactions and hearing the calls of Red-tailed Hawks above the hillside, seeing three Bullock’s Orioles, finding a White-breasted Nuthatch nest, and seeing a Black-throated Gray Warbler at close range. We also enjoyed many wildflowers, a couple of elk herds on the pastureland, and stunning views of the West Elk Range. Join us for our next birding outing!
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide