Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 5/17/22
May 18, 2022
Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 7am-10am
Weather: Mostly Sunny
Location: Hallam Lake
Spring fledglings were a delightful highlight today, including many families of Canada geese and mallards, and a wonderful viewing of an adult great horned owl with a fledgling resting in a large willow tree. We also observed active nest-building by pairs of Say’s phoebes, red-winged blackbirds, and magpies. The phoebes were carrying tufts of sheep’s wool to add to their mud cup nest on a light fixture. Other vigorous singing, posturing, drumming, and courtship behaviors were seen by red-winged blackbirds, tree swallows, downy woodpeckers, western kingbirds, and Lewis’s woodpeckers. The excitement of breeding season birding will continue to build as more migratory species arrive and begin nesting activities. Join us for our next birding outing!
Great Horned Owl
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide