Mid-Valley Mid-Winter Birding Blitz Species List | January 14, 2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 8:15AM - 2PM
Weather: Sunny and breezy at times
 

Species Identified
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Barrow's Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Wild Turkey
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Wilson's Snipe
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis's Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Shrike (species)
Steller's Jay
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Bushtit
American Dipper
Townsend's Solitaire
American Robin
European Starling
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Sparrow

 

Comments:

The "blitz" is a day of winter birding with ACES in the mid-valley, with the goals of exploring winter bird activity, abundance, and behaviors as well as reporting the day's observations to eBird: a citizen science effort of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Today was the first official Blitz, modeled after a recon day conducted one year ago, and ACES plans to make it an annual field trip! Highlights were a flock of about 30 Bushtits in Basalt, several Golden Eagles in the general mid-valley area, four Bald Eagles along the rivers, a flock of suburban Basalt turkeys, a Wilson's Snipe in a ranch ditch, a shrike (a quick look; not enough to determine species), and a Lewis's Woodpecker at on Hooks Lane. We identified 35 species during today's blitz, with a good representation of raptors. It will be interesting to start building lists for comparisons in the future, and we hope you'll join us for this fun and eye-opening day of birding next year! 

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide 

 

Photo by Mark Fuller