ACES Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 8/1/23
August 1, 2023
Tuesday, August 1, 2023, 7:30-10:30am
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!
Great Horned Owl
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide