Morning Birding Species List | July 18, 2017
July 18, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 6:30AM – 9:30AM
Weather: mostly sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch and Hooks Spur Road
This time of year is excellent for local bird diversity as well as for rich behavioral observations. A black-chinned hummingbird perched on a snag along the Buckhorn trail in pinyon-juniper habitat gave us a great chance to study its field marks and see the purple iridescence of its throat patch which is far less often seen than the scarlet iridescence of the broad-tailed hummingbird. We also studied juvenile and adult Woodhouse’s scrub-jays to make interesting comparisons between their plumages, and the similar American and lesser goldfinches side-by-side. Our bird of prey sightings included four species, and we also learned a different vocalization made by the cordilleran flycatcher when it is aggressively chasing off an intruder into its territory. Along Hooks Spur Road as we left the ranch, we observed Lewis’s woodpeckers in two locations. Lots of rich learning this morning! Join us next Tuesday at Hallam Lake for a special field trip to a residence at West Buttermilk where we will do a hummingbird study.
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo by Dale Armstrong