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Morning Birding Species List | August 22, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 7AM - 10AM  
Weather: sunny
Location: Hallam Lake and the Aspen Community Garden

Species Identified  

Mallard
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-naped Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Peewee
Eastern Kingbird
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
House Wren

     

Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Green-tailed Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
American Robin

Comments:

Today's outing was a fast-paced frenzy of exciting bird activity both at Hallam Lake and the Community Garden. Waves of fall activity have been happening as species fledge their young, prepare for migration, and depart the valley. Lately, migrating warblers are passing through the valley and local warblers are molting into non-breeding plumage and actively feeding as they build up fuel for their migration. Today we observed many juvenile birds of many species, giving us great opportunities to study their field marks. We also observed hummingbirds at close range and learned their distinctive field marks, especially among the females. Bird activity was so rich that we only covered a section of the trail along Hallam Lake at ACES, and we had to get out of the car on the road to the garden because the bird activity began well before we were at our destination. We did see a few 'mystery' birds that we were not able to positively identify as well. Join us next week for another excellent birding outing at this exciting time of year!

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide 

 

Photo by Dale Armstrong