Birding By Habitat: Radar Road 5/25/22


ACES Staff

May 25, 2022

Birding By Habitat: Radar Road 5/25/22

Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 6:30am-11:30am
Weather: Sunny and cold
Location: Radar Road

This unique opportunity to bird in a rich habitat area that is closed to the public allowed us to explore various mountain shrubland communities near the upper elevational limits of their range in the valley. Our route started in moist, leafy shrublands composed of chokecherry, willow, and serviceberry, passed through cottonwood forest and cottonwood/willow riparian along Owl Creek, and progressed into drier shrublands with hawthorn and scrub oak, and to xeric shrublands with mountain mahogany, bitterbrush, and juniper. The species of birds present changed through these areas; for example, Virginia’s Warblers and Dusky Flycatchers occupy the drier communities, and Cordilleran Fllycatchers and Yellow Warblers occupy the riparian corridors. Black-headed Grosbeaks and Orange-crowned Warblers seemed to be versatile, using other habitat types where their preferred oak shrubland ecosystem bordered other plant communities. Highlights included: the overall abundance of birds, seeing birds that were singing and learning their voices (Fox Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Dusky Flycatcher, etc), seeing an active raven nest, and exploring birds in a place where human activity is minimal. Other highlights were the sweeping views of peaks, glacial geology, ranch history, and elk migration corridors. Join us for our next birding outing!

Species List: 

Canada Goose
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Flicker
Dusky Flycatcher
Cordillera Flycatcher
Say’s Phoebe
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay
Black-billed Magpie
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
House Wren
Gray Catbird
American Robin
Pine Siskin
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Green-tailed Towhee
Brown-headed Cowbird
Virginia’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-headed Grosbeak

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Featured photo: Say’s Phoebe