Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch Species List | September 17, 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: Mostly sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch & Rio Grande Trail

Species Identified
Canada Goose
Mallard
Wild Turkey
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Lewis's Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Swallow sp.
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Virginia's Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson's Warbler


 

Comments:

Today's mini-lesson emphasized the mixed fall flocks of warblers, chickadees, kinglets, and vireos, and we saw this phenomenon in many places along our route, especially in the mixed shrubs with grassy openings. We enjoyed the abundance of birds, gathering in groups and shifting positions to try to get views of them as they darted between shrubs and moved among foliage. Highlights were the warblers that we were able to study in order to compare their unique fall field marks, and a wild turkey that had flushed up into a cottonwood tree at our turn-around point on the Rio Grande Trail. Turkey vultures were circling in thermals over the valley in groups of a dozen or more, perhaps gathering and traveling on their southward migration. Join us next Tuesday at Hallam Lake for more fall migration birding!

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide 

 

Photo by Craig Turpin, Aspen Daily News