ACES Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 6/12/2024

Rebecca Weiss

June 12, 2024

ACES Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 6/12/2024

Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 6:30-9:30am
Weather: Mostly sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch, Basalt, CO

Highlights from today’s outing centered around behaviors and practice with field marks as well as songs and calls. We had excellent observations of several adult Killdeer, a great opportunity to learn their name-sayer calls and see them foraging among the rows of lettuce. A pair of Say’s Phoebes is nesting under the carport roof again, making trips to bring food to their nestlings. The Lewis’s Woodpeckers were generally active throughout the ranch and around their nesting tree. We compared their body structure and flight style with that of the flickers that were also very visible. We studied the field marks of three swallow species feeding low over the pond, and caught a too-brief glimpse of a stunningly orange Bullock’s Oriole. Join us on Friday for an outing to the City of Aspen’s Meadows Open Space!


Species List:

Canada Goose
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Great Blue Heron
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Western Flycatcher
Say’s Phoebe
Western Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Pine Siskin
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Bullock’s Oriole
Orange-crowned Oriole
Yellow Warbler


~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Featured photo: Bullock’s Oriole.

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