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Morning Birding | August 23, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 7:00AM - 10:00AM
Weather: mostly sunny, then mostly cloudy
Location: Hallam Lake and North Star Nature Preserve

Species Identified:  
Canada Goose
Spotted Sandpiper
Eurasian Collared-dove
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-naped Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Western Woodpeewee
Black-billed Magpie 
American Crow 
     

Violet-green Swallow
Mountain Chickadee
House Wren
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird (female pictured above)

Comments: This morning provided excellent opportunities to study adult and juvenile cedar waxwings, a juvenile red-naped sapsucker, and male/female/juvenile belted kingfishers. Birding becomes more challenging and interesting when juveniles are in the mix, and this time of year is prime for that type of rich learning. Our group had great discussions about various field marks, voice, and behavioral cues we observed in the field. We also studied mallards in eclipse plumage and practiced seeing the subtle field marks that distinguish males and females as well as juveniles. This morning's mini-lesson covered molting, going into the reasons behind the process and the many different temporal patterns by which various species of birds go about their molting processes. We were able to notice a few birds in the field that seemed to be undergoing their molts as well. Join us for more great fall birding on Tuesday mornings! 

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide