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Morning Birding Species List | June 17, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6AM - 9AM
Weather: warm and breezy with clear skies. Gusty wind at times may have kept some birds under cover, but we saw a good number of species, some wonderful behavior and active nests.  
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch

Species Identified      
Canada Goose
Mallard
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
    Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-dove
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis' Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-peewee
Cordilleran Flycatcher
   Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
House Wren
American Robin
Yellow Warbler
   Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock's Oriole
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
 

Comments: A highlight was a yellow-headed blackbird. The heronry is active with young observed standing in nests.  A yellow warbler nest was observed accidentally at close range; our group stood next to it while the male perched around us, singing through a beak full of insects.  When we realized that its nest was about 3 feet from us, we moved away immediately to give the warblers space.  As always, the birding at RBR is excellent, and breeding birds are in full swing.

~Rebecca Weiss, ACES Naturalist