ACES Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 9/12/23


Rebecca Weiss

September 13, 2023

ACES Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 9/12/23

Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 7:30-10:30am
Weather: Mostly sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch, Basalt, CO

Migration brings so much diversity to areas rich in foods for birds. Pockets of activity on and around the ranch were exciting to find and worth the time we spent waiting to get good views of birds that were flitting around in the foliage. Our species total was 34 today. It was exciting to find two Black-throated Gray Warblers, one adult male and one female or juvenile, and later to find two Virginia’s Warblers and a couple of Wilson’s Warblers. Other highlights were the Western Flycatchers, several White-breasted Nuthatches on the same dead branch, and a singing Plumbeous Vireo. We watched Lewis’s Woodpeckers make many trips overhead as they flew between the scrub oak thickets and cottonwood forest on opposite sides of the main ranch. Coming from the oaks, they nearly always carried a single acorn in their bill. We observed them hammering these food items into features of the cottonwood bark, presumably for winter use. Join us tomorrow at Jaffee Park and Friday at the Moore Open Space where we hope to see other migratory flocks of interesting species!

Species List:

Mallard
Wild Turkey
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Flycatcher
Plumbeous Vireo
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay
Clark’s Nutcracker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Green-tailed Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Orange-crowned Warbler
Virginia’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Western Tanager

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Featured photo: Belted Kingfisher.

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