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Morning Birding Species List | August 22, 2013

Throughout the summer months ACES offers weekly Morning Birding classes at their Hallam Lake site in Aspen and Rock Bottom Ranch site in Basalt. 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 Basalt and register today for upcoming birding classes, which run through September!

Tuesday, August 22, 2013, 7 am - 10 am
Weather:  sunny, clear sky
Locations:  Rock Bottom Ranch

Species Identified  
Canada Goose
Mallard
Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail
Spotted Sandpiper
Eurasian Collared-dove
Mourning Dove
Lewis' Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-peewee
Western Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
   Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler (pictured above)
Song Sparrow
Western Tanager
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch

Comments:  Birding is noticeably quieter these days, with a distinct drop in singing as fall approaches.  Fall activities are on the rise:  overall, behaviors are more dedicated to feeding and flocking, and plumages are changing.  Now is also a great time to learn juvenile identification, as most have fledged and are active on the wing.  We observed juvenile Lewis' woodpeckers as well as cedar waxwings in flocks with adults.  Waxwings are an irruptive species, capitalizing on food resources where ever they find them; with our excellent wild berry resources this year, we're seeing waxwings everywhere we look!

~Rebecca Weiss, ACES Naturalist