Birding By Habitat Series Species List | May 24, 2018
Tuesday, May 24, 2018, 7AM - 2PM
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch, USFS parcel near Crown Mountain Park, Crawford Ranch (Blue Ponds), and Spring Park Reservoir.
Great Blue Heron
Willow Flycatcher (probable)
Cordilleran Flycatcher (heard only)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (heard only)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (heard only)
Late May is prime time for seeing returned migrants in full-swing with breeding season, as well as a few migratory species that are still lingering in the mid-valley as they make their way to their breeding ranges to the north or at higher elevations. Today's itinerary included Rock Bottom Ranch, USFS parcel near Crown Mountain Park, Crawford Ranch (Blue Ponds), and Spring Park Reservoir. We birded in different types of riparian habitats, cattail wetlands, sedge/rush wet meadows, cottonwood galleries, ranch/agricultural land, pinyon-juniper woodlands, grasslanda, oak shrublands, open water, and mud shorelines.
At RBR, we focused on watching Wilson's Snipes as well as Lewis's Woodpeckers on Hooks Spur Road. The USFS parcel was full of Yellow Warblers and Song Sparrows, with an active Osprey nest and blooming lady's slipper orchids. Crawford Ponds provided a chance to see an active Plumbeous Vireo's nest as well as a great diversity of riparian and pinyon-juniper species. Two Sandhill Crane colts were the main highlight at Spring Park Reservoir, where we watched the crane family foraging across a grassy expanse. These colts are likely the first evidence of cranes breeding in the Roaring Fork Valley. Join us for two upcoming classes in this series on June 25 and July 2, in addition to Morning Birding outings and classes taught by Bill Schmoker on June 27 and 28.
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo by Dale Armstrong