ACES Birding by Habitat: Snowmass Village 8/2/23

Rebecca Weiss

August 2, 2023

ACES Birding by Habitat: Snowmass Village 8/2/23

Wedneday, August 2, 2023, 7-11:30am
Weather: Mostly sunny
Location: Snowmass Village, Snowmass, CO

The rodeo wetlands area was our first location on this field trip, where we spent time in the riparian zone along the shores of the wetlands and among the adjacent stands of trees and open grassy areas. We identified Tree, Violet-green, and Cliff Swallows foraging over the lake, as well as Yellow Warblers, Chickadees, and Hummingbirds foraging in small trees near flower- and fruit-laden shrubs. We studied the eclipse-plumaged Mallards, some of whom had ducklings, and the Red-winged Blackbirds and Song Sparrows in the marsh. From here, we went to the Nature Trail to explore high montane and low subalpine habitats. We started with a House Wren, Yellow Warblers, and Yellow-rumped Warblers in the vegetation surrounding the parking lot. On the trail, it was a fairly quiet day, but we found pockets of activity and had excellent views of several Orange-crowned, MacGillivray’s, and Yellow-rumped Warblers, as well as Western Wood-pewees, Warbling Vireos, Flickers, and Red Crossbills. Raptor highlights included a Red-tailed Hawk and a fleeting look at a Cooper’s/Sharp-shinned hawk. Join us next week for Morning Birding at Hallam Lake!

Species List:

Black-chinned Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper’s/Sharp-shinned Hawk
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Western Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Pine Siskin
Red Crossbill
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orange-crowned Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Featured photo: Cliff Swallow.

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