Evening Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch, 6/8/22

ACES Staff

June 8, 2022

Evening Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch, 6/8/22

Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 6-8pm
Weather: Partly Cloudy
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch, Basalt, CO

Evening is a wonderful time to watch birds, when the day-active birds have a bout of heightened activity before roosting for the night. We began with a few very vocal wrens and Yellow Warblers near the parking lot and birded our way from there along the trails and farm pathways on the property. We noticed nesting activities, such as robins and Say’s Phoebes nesting on the farm center building, and fledglings including Canada goslings and Killdeer. Lewis’s Woodpeckers and American Kestrels were perching in the cottonwood stand where they have their nesting cavities. A Trumpeter Swan from the local non-migratory population was resting on the lakeshore. Our conversations covered lots of fun life history information about the birds we saw as well as key field marks. Top highlights included the two fledgling Killdeer, a Red-naped Sapsucker at close range, and a Black-headed Grosbeak singing from the scrub oaks. View all upcoming birding outings!

Species List: 

Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Red-tailed Hawk
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Say’s Phoebe
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Yellow Warbler

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Featured photo: Killdeer

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