Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch Species List

ACES Staff

July 20, 2021

Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch Species List

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 7am-10am
Weather: Sunny, hot
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch



This outing began with two young bears climbing into serviceberry bushes on the hillside across from RBR’s driveway. We watched them feeding on berries side by side in the shrubs, with occasional wild thrashing as flimsy branches bent under their shifting weight. While distracted by the cute bears, we also saw a family of black-headed grosbeaks, a kestrel, western tanagers, yellow warblers, and Lewis’s woodpeckers. A stealthy sora gave a whinney call from the thick sedges and cattails right in front of us. Other highlights included an adult and immature bald eagle, a cedar waxwing, an American goldfinch, and a fledgling spotted towhee. The fledged Lewis’s woodpecker family gave us an ongoing show as they flew and perched around our group during much of the morning. Join us tomorrow for birding and wildflowers in the alpine zone with Independence Pass Foundation Director Karin Teague!

Species List: 

Canada Goose
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Hummingbird sp.
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Bald Eagle
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Cordillera Flycatcher
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Cliff Swallow
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
American Goldfinch
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Bullock’s Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Yellow Warbler
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak


~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Photo by Dale Armstrong

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