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Morning Birding Species List | April 7, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: Mostly sunny, windy
Location: Hallam Lake

Species Identified  
Canada Goose
Mallard (pictured above)
Great Blue Heron
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee 
    Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird

Comments:
Breezy conditions may account for the short species list this morning, but we were thrilled with excellent viewing of the herons at the heronry on the Roaring Fork River at the James Smith Open Space, and the first noted ruby-crowned kinglets of the season on our ACES outings. We also got to study song sparrows at Hallam Lake, learning their distinctive field marks and song. The herons seem to be incubating eggs, or at least are close to that phase of their breeding season. There were birds in at least five nests, and lots of activity including what looked like territorial displays around a couple of the nests. Today's mini-lesson included how to safely and effectively clean binoculars lenses. Join us in May for two sessions of Morning Birding, focused on migratory and breeding species:  May 5th and May 19th, both 6:30 - 9:30am.
 
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide