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Evening Birding Species List | August 21, 2013

Throughout the summer months ACES offers Evening Birding classes at Hallam Lake, open to birders of all ages. Class outings venture to local birding hotspots and the birds never fail to impress. Take a look at the below species list and notes from one of the recent classes in Aspen and register today for upcoming birding Morning Birding classes, which run through September!

Wednesday, August 21, 6 pm - 8 pm
Weather:  mostly clear
Locations:  Hallam Lake

Species Identified  

Mallard (pictured above) 
Spotted Sandpiper
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Stellar's Jay
Black-billed Magpie 

  

American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Song Sparrow 

Bonus Animals:  A cinnamon-colored black bear and beavers swimming with leafy sticks on Hallam Lake

Comments:  Evening birding is a great time to observe behaviors, and bonus mammals usually put on a great show for us.  The cedar waxwings are so beautiful, it's easy to watch them for minutes on end as flocks feed on insects over the lake using flycatcher-like hawking techniques; with their favorite berries nearby, Hallam Lake is a feeding paradise for these birds.  The kingfishers were particularly active at the lake as well.  Having the luxury of time at a great time of day, we marveled at beavers swimming and hauling out onshore to forage, and bears among the berry-laden shrubs.

~Rebecca Weiss, ACES Naturalist