ACES Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 8/1/23

Rebecca Weiss

August 1, 2023

ACES Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 8/1/23

Tuesday, August 1, 2023, 7:30-10:30am
Weather: Sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch, Basalt, CO

A roosting Great Horned Owl was an exciting find in the scrub oaks above the Rio Grande Trail. We also saw Gray Catbirds, Yellow Warblers, and Black-headed Grosbeaks in this food-rich habitat area. In the cottonwood galleries, there were many fledgling and adult Lewis’s Woodpeckers, House Wrens, and Magpies. Killdeer foraged among the vegetable beds, and Black-chinned and Broad-tailed hummingbirds visited the flower plantings. A large flock of Wild Turkeys was another highlight, as they ran and flew from the hillside above the Rio Grande Trail over the gravel road and into the grassy pastures of Rock Bottom Ranch. We discussed the nesting process of many of today’s observed species at this time when so many fledglings are out on the wing. Join us next week for Morning Birding at Hallam Lake!

Species List:

Canada Goose
Wild Turkey
Mourning Dove
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Turkey Vulture
Cooper’s Hawk
Great Horned Owl
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Western Flycatcher
Say’s Phoebe
Warbling Vireo
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
House Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow Warbler
Black-headed Grosbeak

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Featured photo: Gray Catbird.

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