ACES Birding By Habitat: Woody Creek & Lenado 7/26/23

Rebecca Weiss

July 26, 2023

ACES Birding By Habitat: Woody Creek & Lenado 7/26/23

Wednesday, July 28, 2023, 7-10:30am
Weather: Sunny
Location: Woody Creek & Lenado

The Woody Creek trailhead for the Rio Grande Trail was our first birding site on this field trip, and we began with a great horned owl roosting in the riparian cottonwood forest. We focused on the swallows foraging in the airspace above the trail, and observed Nuthatches, Warblers, and Chickadees in the foliage. A Kestrel flew over us carrying prey and later perched in view. Our second site in Lenado was busy with Western Flycatchers, House Wrens, and Song Sparrows. A Red-tailed Hawk and Cooper’s Hawk flew over the ridge, and we enjoyed excellent views of Western Tanagers in the Douglas Fir forest across the creek. Join us next week for Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch!

Species List:

Great Horned Owl
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Black-billed Magpie
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Western Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Yellow Warbler
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Featured photo: Steller’s Jay.

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