Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch | August 11, 2015

ACES Staff

August 12, 2015

Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch | August 11, 2015

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 7AM – 10AM
Weather: cloudy, light rain
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch

Species Identified        

Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron (pictured above)
Turkey Vulture
Eurasian Collared-dove
Mourning Dove
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Western Wood-peewee
Black-billed Magpie


American Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Yellow Warbler
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird



Bird activity was subtle on this lightly drizzly morning, with a small burst in activity at one point when the rain paused. It was interesting to note this direct connection to the weather. The sora was a highlight as it foraged at the edge of the cattails in the pond adjacent to the Rio Grande Trail where we duck through the fence on our birding route. Normally very secretive, this sora gave us some good looks, including one long bound completely in the open. We noted the lack of birdsong as birds transition from breeding activities to migration and fall preparation. This, along with plumages starting to change, keeps birders on our toes, giving us fun and challenging identifications. The outing ended with a great look at a perched turkey vulture, which we studied for its unique field marks.

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

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