ACES Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 7/18/23

Rebecca Weiss

July 18, 2023

ACES Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 7/18/23

Monday, July 18, 2023, 7-10am
Weather: Sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch, Basalt, CO

Birds were very vocal and active today, many remaining hidden in foliage or otherwise difficult to see well, but we did have some excellent sightings: several Black-headed Grosbeaks, a Cooper’s Hawk, Lewis’s Woodpeckers, Yellow Warblers, and a few flycatcher species. Families of Lewis’s Woodpeckers, Say’s Phoebes, Yellow Warblers, House Wrens, Red-winged Blackbirds, Magpies, and Crows interacted around us, providing opportunities to watch begging behavior and fledglings’ attempts to forage for themselves. We saw Cedar Waxwings gathering and flying with nesting material as they begin their mid-summer breeding cycle, timed to coincide with the ripening of berries and other fruits. Catbirds and House Wrens were the most abundant species today. Many birds today were heard only. Join us next Tuesday for Morning Birding at Hallam Lake!

Species List:

Canada Goose
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Dusky Flycatcher
Western Flycatcher
Say’s Phoebe
Warbling Vireo
American Crow
Black-billed Magpie
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
House Finch
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Featured photo: American Robin.

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