Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch Species List

ACES Staff

May 19, 2020

Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch Species List

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 7AM – 9AM
Weather: Sunny, clear
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch

Species Identified

Canada Goose
Cinnamon Teal
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Wilson’s Snipe
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher (heard only)
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Western Wood-Pewee
Western Kingbird
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Bullock’s Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Yellow Warbler
Black-headed Grosbeak



This was ACES’ first in-person birding outing since the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown began. We had a full group and had an excellent time while practicing new protocols. Today’s mini-lesson was on the song and call of the Cordilleran Flycatcher, recently arrived back to the valley as one of the later migratory species. Highlights today included a drumming downy woodpecker; an active yellow warbler nest under construction; three Wilson’s snipes calling and making brief, low flights in the sedge meadow; a western wood-pewee; and a cinnamon teal. We also enjoyed hearing the varied vocabulary of the red-winged blackbirds and seeing many birds carrying nesting material. Join us next on June 2nd for Morning Birding, and please note that registration is required for all ACES birding outings.


~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Photo by Dale Armstrong

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