Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 7/26/22

Greta Brown

July 29, 2022

Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 7/26/22

Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 7am-10am
Weather: Mostly sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch, Basalt, CO


Tanagers and Lewis’s woodpeckers were the stars of today’s outing! We were treated to views of two male western tanagers, one at the beginning of the morning and another at the end. Both were active, but stayed in view and in great light for plenty of time for us to soak in their gorgeous colors and unmistakable field marks. We also enjoyed Lewis’s woodpecker activity throughout the field trip, with both adults and juveniles giving us quite a show! Chickadees were particularly abundant and active in loose flocks. Today’s mini lesson focused on the wild turkey and the nursery flocks that form when a number of females merge their poults together. This is the time of year when turkeys can be seen with their young of the year – always a fun and entertaining sight. Join us on August 4th for a special field trip to Woody Creek and a private property in Lenado!

Species List:

Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Say’s Phoebe
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
House Finch
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Featured photo: American Kestrel

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