Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch Species List
August 3, 2021
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 7:30am-10:30am
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch
Cooler weather and a low cloud ceiling made this a special morning, with the scent of sagebrush in the air and lots of bird activity. Highlights included watching killdeer in the lettuce field and hummingbirds in the flowers surrounding the beehives. We were thrilled to watch an osprey pursuing a bald eagle and see an aggressive interaction between these two big birds that involved the eagle flipping upside down and striking out with its talons. Their agility and power was impressive! We watched active families of northern flickers and Lewis’s woodpeckers, as well as a juvenile red-tailed hawk that gave begging calls non-stop. At the far pond, an American goldfinch perched on a plant stem and reached down to feed on food items (probably seeds, maybe insects) floating on the surface of the water. At the base of the pinyon-juniper woodlands, we found western wood-pewees, waxwings, and a black-headed grosbeak. Join us tomorrow for a hummingbird study in the West Buttermilk area!
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo by Dale Armstrong