Moore Open Space Birding with Pitkin OST 8/31/22
August 31, 2022
Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 7:30am-9:30am
Location: Moore Open Space, Aspen, CO
Fall migration brings an assortment of varied birds to the Moore Open Space, as dispersing and migrating birds spend time here feeding on the rich fruits, acorns, seeds, and insects in this sagebrush/mountain shrubland habitat. With plenty of open areas and scattered shrubs, birds were fairly easy to find and observe. We focused on sparrow identification, using field marks, body structure, and behavior to identify birds to species. We also compared sparrows with the brown, streaky house finches that were in the mix of birds this morning. A sage thrasher provided valuable experience with identifying this brown, streaky bird that stands out from the sparrows with its longer bill, larger size, and yellow iris. Other highlights included watching Woodhouse’s scrub-jays caching acorns, blue-gray gnatcatchers, several warbler species, and a Cooper’s hawk that flew low over the open space. We all shared a renewed appreciation for this important parcel of open space and its value to birds and other wildlife. Join us next Tuesday for Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch and next Thursday for birding at North Star Nature Preserve!
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide