Tuesday Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 6/13/23

Rebecca Weiss

June 13, 2023

Tuesday Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch 6/13/23

Tuesday, June 13, 2023, 6:30am-9:30am
Weather: Partly Cloudy
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch, Basalt, CO

The fledglings of early nesters are out on the wing and nesting activity is in full swing for most of the regular summer breeding species. We saw feeding behaviors today with parent birds carrying food to nestlings, including a Say’s Phoebe, Red-winged Blackbird, Lewis’s Woodpecker, and House Wren. We learned the song of the Bullock’s Oriole while listening to a male singing in a cottonwood tree on Cole Island. This bright orange bird stayed out of sight behind foliage before giving us a glimpse as it flew out of the tree. We enjoyed using the newly constructed trail that links the native birdsong garden area with the bird blind and pond. From this trail, we had excellent views of Northern Rough-winged Swallows foraging over the stream. This species can easily escape notice when mixed with the more common tree and violet-green swallows; we focused on their subtle field marks and distinctive vocalizations. Join us next Tuesday for Morning Birding at Hallam Lake and for birding the burn area on Basalt Mountain on Wednesday June 21st!


Species List:

Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Hummingbird sp. (likely Black-chinned, female)
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Say’s Phoebe
Warbling Vireo
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
House Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
American Goldfinch
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Bullock’s Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Yellow Warbler

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Featured photo: Northern Rough-winged Swallow.

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