Birding By Habitat: Spring Birding on West Sopris Creek 5/18/22
May 19, 2022
Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 7am-12pm
Location: West Sopris Creek
This field trip began at the Emma Schoolhouse and included several sites along West Sopris Creek on the way to Dinkle Lake. The focus was to explore the birdlife of the various habitats in this mountain valley, including cottonwood riparian, sagebrush shrublands, oak mountain shrublands, pinyon-juniper woodlands, grasslands, aspen forest, and montane mixed conifer forest. The patchwork nature of the landscape made bird diversity rich at each location. Highlights included an abundance of Black-throated Gray Warblers, finding an elusive Plumbeous Vireo, excellent views of a pair of tanagers illuminated by sunshine in the forest, and seeing a small flock of Purple Martins which are very uncommon in our region. We learned about the associations of birds with the specific vegetation communities where they breed. Spring peepers in ephemeral ponds near Dinkle Lake were an additional highlight. We concluded the trip at the Cardamone home where we saw Band-tailed Pigeons, Cassin’s Finches, and many more of the day’s bird species. Join us for our next birding outing!
Great Blue Heron
Black-throated Gray Warbler
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide