Birding By Habitat Species List | June 23, 2017

ACES Staff

June 23, 2017

Birding By Habitat Species List | June 23, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017, 6:00AM – 12:00PM
Weather: sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch, private ranch bordering The Crown BLM area, Lake Christine, private residence off Frying Pan Road, Spring Park Reservoir

Species Identified        

Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Lesser Scaup
Eared Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Lewis’s Woodpecker (pictured above)
Northern Flicker
Cordilleran Flycatcher


Say’s Phoebe
Plumbeous Vireo
Clark’s Nutcracker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Dipper
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Mountain Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
      Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock’s Oriole
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch


This class focused on birding in various major habitats of the mid valley including oak shrubland, sagebrush shrubland, pinyon-juniper woodland, agricultural fields and pastures, cottonwood riparian, cattail marsh, wetland/pond, reservoir/open water, mixed shrubland, mixed forest, and aspen forest.  Highlights of the day were observing a female black-chinned hummingbird on her nest and preening in branches above it, a flock of more than twenty Clark’s Nutcrackers, Lewis’s Woodpeckers and their noisy brood in a nest cavity, Trumpeter Swans, and many opportunities to enhance skills at birding by ear. Forty-nine species were seen during this class. The next class in this series focuses on the Aspen and Snowmass Village vicinity, and will include a visit to a large heronry at a private residence and a visit to Ziegler Reservoir with guest Tom Cardamone to explore past, present, and future bird habitats as revealed through the Snowmastadon Dig,

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide 

Photo by Dale Armstrong

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