Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch Species List | Sept 3, 2019

Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: Sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch & Rio Grande Trail

Species Identified
Canada Goose
Mallard
Wild Turkey
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Cooper's Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis's Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Plumbeous Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
American Goldfinch
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler


 

Comments:

Today's highlights included a spectacular show of kingfishers in several places at RBR, black-throated gray warblers on RBR property as well as along the Rio Grande Trail, and a couple of black bears climbing in the oak scrub whose presence was called out by alarming Woodhouse's Scrub-Jays. The bears were presumably foraging on acorns, and the jays' continuous calling brought our attention to the spot where the oak canopy was shaking vigorously, indicating the activity of large animals. The bears were one of our final 'birds' of the outing, seen from the parking lot and an exciting observation for all of us. The diversity of birdlife encountered today was a highlight in itself as well, and another interesting mammal sighting was a rock squirrel basking in the top of a chokecherry shrub. Join us next Tuesday at Hallam Lake!

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide 

 

Photo by Dale Armstrong