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Morning Birding Species List | July 18, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Weather: mostly sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch and Hooks Spur Road

Species Identified         

Canada Goose
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Eurasian-collared Dove
Mourning Dove
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Lewis's Woodpecker (pictured above)
Downy Woodpecker


     

Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Western Wood-peewee
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Woodhouse's Scrub-jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren

 American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch



Comments:

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