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Morning Birding | August 30, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 7:00AM - 10:00AM
Weather: mostly sunny
Location: Hallam Lake and Aspen Community Garden

Species Identified  
Mallard
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Western Woodpeewee
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
American Robin (pictured above)
     Cedar Waxwing
Green-tailed Towhee
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

Comments: At Hallam Lake, highlights were eclipse male mallards with female mallards affording a side-by-side comparison of their plumages and bills, a family of kingfishers with a begging juvenile, and many adult and female cedar waxwings. A beaver in the lake and a young black bear in a tree next to the marsh viewing platform were exciting mammal sightings. The community garden turned out to be an excellent sparrow study, including the species identified on the list and a couple of sparrows that were stumpers! One birder brought some photos that were an excellent group discussion and learning opportunity as we went through the I.D. process (western woodpeewee, and a possible Swainson's hawk).

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide


Photo by Luka, age 8, taken in an ACES Naturalist Field School camp.