Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch Species List
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 7am-10am
Weather: Sunny, hot
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch
This outing began with two young bears climbing into serviceberry bushes on the hillside across from RBR's driveway. We watched them feeding on berries side by side in the shrubs, with occasional wild thrashing as flimsy branches bent under their shifting weight. While distracted by the cute bears, we also saw a family of black-headed grosbeaks, a kestrel, western tanagers, yellow warblers, and Lewis's woodpeckers. A stealthy sora gave a whinney call from the thick sedges and cattails right in front of us. Other highlights included an adult and immature bald eagle, a cedar waxwing, an American goldfinch, and a fledgling spotted towhee. The fledged Lewis's woodpecker family gave us an ongoing show as they flew and perched around our group during much of the morning. Join us tomorrow for birding and wildflowers in the alpine zone with Independence Pass Foundation Director Karin Teague!
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo by Dale Armstrong