Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch Species List
August 18, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 7:30AM – 10:30AM
Weather: Sunny with haze from regional wildfires.
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch
Great Blue Heron
Today’s outing at Rock Bottom Ranch was filled with bird activity! Especially exciting was a flyover of four sandhill cranes. Additional highlights included a family of Lewis’s woodpeckers that were very active and visible in many places, providing us with excellent opportunities to see their colors, flight style, and behaviors; a young Cooper’s hawk at close range; and a calliope hummingbird perched on a brush pile. Birds are showing fall dispersal and migration behaviors such as swallows gathering into flocks, many species showing up in habitats and at elevations away from their breeding areas, and geese flying in formation. Today’s mini-lesson focused on how birds cope with wildfires, in light of the Grizzly Creek fire burning to the north. Many birds are able to fly to escape wildfires, and some benefit from new spaces and foods in the post-fire landscape; although climate change is causing fires to be more frequent, larger, and more intense. Historically, bird populations were not affected overall by naturally occurring wildfires, but going forward the norms are rapidly changing and birds will face new challenges as they adapt. Join us next Tuesday at Hallam Lake!
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo by Dale Armstrong