ACES Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 8/15/23

Rebecca Weiss

August 15, 2023

ACES Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 8/15/23

Tuesday, August 15, 2023, 7:30-10:30am
Weather: Sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch, Basalt, CO

Gray Catbirds were active in the shrubland on the hillside above the Rio Grande Trail, with Song Sparrows and Chickadees among the trees and willows closer to our group on the trail. We discussed the differences between Crows and Ravens and observed both field marks and vocalizations of a group of Crows in an adjacent pasture. Say’s Phoebes were still present at the ranch, foraging from the fences and hay manger, and Killdeer were feeding in the vegetable fields. We observed Lewis’s Woodpeckers in many places, seeing them in all kinds of light conditions and at various angles for a thorough study of this unique species. We were fascinated by a flock of Cedar Waxwings that were hawking insects in a swarm above a Russian olive tree in the pasture. Along an irrigation canal, Yellow Warblers were feeding in the willows, and beneath cottonwoods in the far end of the pasture, hummingbirds hawked insects and hovered in place. We were treated to views of the Black-chinned’s purple gorget and a sub-adult male Rufous’s orange dot where its gorget will eventually develop. Fall is in the air as Scrub Jays are caching acorns and Geese are flying in formation. Join us next week for Morning Birding at Hallam Lake!

Species List:

Wild Turkey
Rock Pigeon
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Downy/Hairy Woodpecker
Say’s Phoebe
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Yellow Warbler

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Featured photo: Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay.

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