Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch | August 16, 2016

ACES Staff

August 17, 2016

Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch | August 16, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 7:00AM – 10:00AM
Weather: mostly cloudy
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch

Species Identified        
Great blue Heron
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-dove
Mourning Dove
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker (pictured above)
Northern Flicker
Western Woodpeewee
Warbling Vireo
Steller’s Jay
  Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Boack-throated Gray Warbler
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch

High thin clouds kept the temperature relatively low, and bird activity was excellent through the morning today at Rock Bottom Ranch. Varied habitats gave us a diverse list of sightings, a highlight being the black-throated gray warbler seen in Gambel oaks along the Rio Grande Trail adjacent to RBR property. This is a choice species from the pinyon-juniper woodland habitat just upslope covering the ‘crown’ area around the base of Mount Sopris. We were able to study American goldfinches feeding on thistle seed, and western woodpeewees in several locations, with their dark ‘vest’ clearly visible in the scope. A wonderful morning of late summer activity! The birding is more and more exciting as birds are moving in migration patterns, many are beginning to molt, and juveniles are everywhere. Join us next Tuesday at Hallam Lake!

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Photo by Mark Fuller.