ACES Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 10/24/23


Rebecca Weiss

October 24, 2023

ACES Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 10/24/23

Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 8:00-11:00am
Weather: Mostly sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch, Basalt, CO

Birds were present in pockets of activity, as is typical in fall. Chickadees foraged in cottonwood stands and in cattails. Lewis’s Woodpeckers continue to be active with caching acorns in their nesting tree. We were able to see their green iridescent sheen on their wings and upper parts in the excellent light today. Wild Turkeys foraged in the agricultural meadows above Rock Bottom Ranch. A Virginia Rail in the pond by the bird blind was a highlight. We spotted it in an alcove formed by dense cattails at the edge of the pond. It moved about giving us good views of its long orange bill and warm brown plumage, and at one point it called and another Virginia Rail answered from the cattails just below where we stood. Other highlights included many Clark’s Nutcrackers that flew overhead near the pinyon-juniper woodland habitat, a warbler that was yellow but too quick for us to positively identify, and a muskrat in the waterways along the Rio Grande Trail. Join us next Tuesday for Morning Birding at Hallam Lake!

Species List:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Wild Turkey
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Virginia Rail
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Clark’s Nutcracker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
warbler sp.

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Featured photo: Green-winged teal.

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