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Morning Birding Species List | July 15, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Weather:  mostly sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch

Species Identified      
Canada Goose
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Cooper's Hawk
American Kestrel
Virginia Rail (adult with two chicks)
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
  Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis' Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Flycatcher
Western Wood-Peewee
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
   Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Robin
   Gray Catbird
Virginia's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird (pictured above)
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Bullock's Oriole

Comments: the baby herons are big and look ready to fledge within the next week. We had a rare chance to observe an adult Virginia Rail with two chicks for a length of time; normally these birds are extremely elusive, hidden in the cattail marsh where they live.  This was an excellent morning with great looks at Bullock's Oriole adults and fledgling, Yellow-headed Blackbird, and Lewis' woodpeckers.

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Naturalist