Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch Species List 8/17
August 17, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 7:30am-10:30am
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch
Birds were very active today in pockets of habitat with concentrations of food. From the parking lot, we watched northern rough-winged swallows foraging overhead, pewees and yellow warblers in the trees, and chickadees in the willows. Walking across the dirt road to the Rio Grande Trail, we enjoyed lots of activity in the shrubland habitat on the hillside. Highlights included many Lewis’s woodpeckers, turkeys, a Cooper’s hawk, many warblers, and a variety of passerines, but the most exciting highlight of the morning was a great horned owl that we were lucky to see in flight and then continue to watch while it preened and dozed in the oaks. We were able to observe the owl through scopes for excellent views of its field marks and behavior. After taking time to enjoy the owl (from a discreet distance and ensuring that our presence was not having an impact; the owl appeared relaxed and content), we walked into the RBR property and found Eurasian collared- and mourning doves to compare, hummingbirds, more Lewis’s woodpeckers, a red-tailed hawk, and a Clark’s nutcracker. This outing was late summer birding at its best–many birds on the food-rich landscape.
Great Horned Owl
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Today’s Mini Lesson: Why Choose Bird Friendly Coffee?
Today’s mini lesson focused on the many migratory birds that are preparing to leave and/or passing through our area. One of the most effective actions one can do to help these birds, is making “bird friendly coffee” your coffee choice. This level of certification ensures that the native forest overstory these birds depend on for wintering habitat is preserved, while coffee grows sustainably in the understory. Watch this video from Cornell Lab to get informed about the avian and broad ecological benefits of bird friendly coffee. Giving bird friendly coffee as holiday and special occasion gifts can be a fun way to help spread the word and help your friends and family become aware of this important conservation action.