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Morning Birding Species List | August 25, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 7AM - 10AM
Weather: sunny
Location: Hallam Lake and Moore Open Space

Species Identified      

Canada Goose
Mallard
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Shrike
Black-billed Magpie (pictured above)
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee

 

House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Yellow Warbler
Green-tailed Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Pink Siskin

Comments:

Today's highlights were a Northern Shrike at the Moore Open Space and a Belted Kingfisher at Hallam Lake. We had excellent viewing of both, and the chance to study male versus female and juvenile in the kingfishers, as well as Northern versus Loggerhead in the Shrikes. This morning's mini-lesson was about how human-made noise pollution affects birds and other wildlife. More information can be found at: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/noise-made-humans-can-be-bad-news-animals. Noise pollution is one of the most manageable forms of pollution, and solutions are being developed around quieter pavement, electric airplanes, and simple signage through the National Park System's Natural Quiet and Night Skies Division. We also discussed birding by ear; here is my favorite CD set for studying birdsongs: Peterson Field Guides Western Birding By Ear.We also discussed the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas, an excellent technical resource for local breeding bird information (status, distribution, life history, etc.). The second edition of the atlas was due to be published in June 2015... I have a query out to the coordinator at Ft. Lewis College about availability of the book, and will share info at upcoming Morning Birding sessions; however, if you'd like to learn more about the atlas, please visit http://www.cobreedingbirdatlasii.org/Events/Events.asp.

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide