Pitkin County Open Space Birding at Moore Open Space 9/15/21
September 16, 2021
Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 7:30am-9:30am
Location: Pitkin County Open Space: Moore Open Space
The Moore Open Space preserves important sagebrush shrubland habitat on the valley floor, valuable to many forms of wildlife and treasured as a beloved viewshed for the community of Aspen. Fall migration and dispersal brings warblers, waxwings, shrikes, tanagers, buntings, and many more birds through the open space. Today, we enjoyed three watching three species of warblers and several types of sparrows on the property. The presence of Brewer’s sparrows both now and as noted during this past breeding season, is a good indication that this landscape can still support this sensitive sagebrush-dependent species. Steller’s jays and Woodhouse’s scrub-jays flew over the property regularly through the morning and groups of Canada geese and waxwings also passed over us. Near the parking lot at the Aspen Chapel, a red-naped sapsucker foraged in the aspens and we found two trees with active sapwells. Join us next Tuesday for morning Birding at Hallam Lake!
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo of American Goldfinch by NPS | N. Lewis