Birding By Habitat Field Trip: Snowmass Village
August 12, 2021
Thursday, August, 11 2021 7:30am-12pm
Location: Snowmass Village
The Snowmass Village area and Brush Creek Valley always deliver when it comes to birding! At this elevational range and geographic position in the Roaring Fork Valley, a great diversity of birds can be found among the varied habitat types present. We began the morning at the Rodeo wetlands where we enjoyed an abundance of birds around the main pond and surroundings. Highlights here included excellent views of three species of hummingbirds and four species of warblers. We observed hummingbirds feeding at flowers and in copious swarms of insects. Warblers were active in shrubs and cottonwoods. Waxwings, both adults and juveniles, foraged on chokecherries. Next, we found a catbird and more warblers among the willows along East Brush Creek. Heading up to the Nature Trail, we enjoyed pockets of activity in edge habitat areas where meadow, forest, and riparian ecosystems converged. Here, the warblers, flycatchers, wrens, and robins were actively foraging in willows, alders, and among wildflowers. A family of western tanagers was a special highlight in the mixed aspen/conifer forest. We also added yellow-rumped warbler, warbling vireo, and western wood-pewee to our list along this special trail. Join us next Tuesday for Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch!
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide