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Morning Birding Species List | June 16, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 6AM - 9AM
Weather: Partly cloudy
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch

Species Identified    
Canada Goose
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Wilson's Snipe
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-dove
Mourning Cove
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Lewis's Woodpecker
American Kestrel
     Western Wood-pewee
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
     American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullocks Oriole
American Goldfinch (pictured above)   

Comments: The birds were particularly active on this cloudy morning, especially flycatchers, wrens, and swallows. We studied violet-green and tree swallows as they foraged on insects low to the ground, with good looks at their iridescent colors on their backs. Two snipes gave us a brief look in the open field of rushes. Large baby herons were standing in nests in the heronry; at least 13 were observed. We found a cedar waxwing nest with both parents bringing nesting material. It was a wonderful morning of excellent bird sightings!

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide