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Evening Birding Species List | July 24, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Weather: mostly cloudy
Location: Hallam Lake

Species Identified  

Canada Goose
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Spotted Sandpiper (pictured above)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Violet-green Swallow
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird

     

 


Comments:

This evening session was an excellent experience for focusing in just a few species that showed interesting plumages and behaviors. We saw adult and juvenile robins perched in a small family flock, a juvenile great blue heron learning the ropes of fishing on the shore of Hallam Lake, and a newly independent juvenile spotted sandpiper. We also saw mallard ducks in various stages of molting into eclipse plumage. Violet-green swallows were flying at eye-level, giving us excellent looks at their white-rump patches that can be tricky to see when they are flying high in the sky. This session is designed to introduce people to birding at a great time of day that does not involve the potential hurdle of an early morning start, and offers a chance to see some interesting birds without the overwhelm of diversity that we typically see in the morning. We covered basic binoculars use, field craft, and natural history that helps get birders off to a great start with some local habitat knowledge and the know-how to start finding and observing birds with the enhanced awareness of a birder. 

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide 

 

Photo by Dale Armstrong