Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch Species List

ACES Staff

June 23, 2020

Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch Species List

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 6:30 AM – 9:30AM
Weather: Sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch

Species Identified:

Canada Goose
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Balck-chinned Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Western Wood-Pewee
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Bleck-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
American Goldfinch
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Yellow Warbler



Behaviors were special highlights during this outing, with many birds gathering nesting material and others carrying food to nestlings. Chickadees were pulling plant down from willow and cottonwood catkins.  Wrens were pulling shreds of bark from cottonwood trees.  And pine siskins were flying by with materials in their bills.  Another major highlight is the active osprey nest on the new nesting platform above Hallam Lake, where a newly hatched nestling (or possibly more than one!) is nestled under a brooding adult, most likely the female. The female appears to be lying low in the nest to keep the young bird(s) warm and is, therefore, a bit difficult to see, but we expect to see more of these birds as the nestling(s) grow and become more active.  This is the first active osprey nest at Hallam Lake and the highest nest upvalley, to our knowledge.  Breeding activities are in full swing!  Join us next week on June 9th at Rock Bottom Ranch!


~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Photo by Dale Armstrong

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