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Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch | September 13, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: partly cloudy, turning sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch

Species Identified    
Canada goose
Mallard
Red-tailed hawk (by ear)
Rock pigeon
Eurasian collared-dove
Great horned owl
Belted kingfisher
Lewis's woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
Northern flicker
     Plumbeous vireo
Cassin's vireo
Clark''s nutcracker
Black-billed magpie
American crow
Black-capped chickadee
Ruby-crowned kinglet
American robin
Gray catbird
European starling
     Cedar waxwing
Yellow warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler
Wilson's warbler (pictured above)
Spotted towhee
Song sparrow
White-crowned sparrow
Red-winged blackbird
House finch
Lesser goldfinch
American goldfinch

Comments:
This was a spectacular morning of birding, with the merlin as a major highlight. Juvenile waxwings, starlings, and red-winged blackbirds mixed in flocks with adults. Lewis's woodpeckers and Clark's nutcrackers were active across the ranch. And warblers and vireos gave us brief views as they darted among vegetation. The merlin sat still long enough for everyone to get great looks through the scope, and as a group we pooled our observations and came up with the ID. Conspicuously missing since only about a week or less, were swallows, hummingbirds, and flycatchers.  

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Photo by Mark Fuller