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Morning Birding Species List | August 27, 2013

Great Blue Heron

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 Aspen and register today for upcoming birding classes, which run through September!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 7 AM - 10 AM
Weather:  sunny, clear sky
Locations: Hallam Lake and North Star Nature Preserve

Species Identified

  

Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Great blue Heron (pictured above)
Spotted Sandpiper
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Black-billed Magpie

American Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped chickadee

Mountain Chickadee

    

White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Mountain Bluebird
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
House Finch
Pine Siskin

Comments:  Juvenile birds and non-breeding plumages are excellent to study right now.  This morning we observed an active kingfisher family at Hallam Lake, a spotted sandpiper catching scuds while walking on floating mats of aquatic vegetation on the lake, and a flock of mountain bluebirds eating insects in the meadows at North Star Nature Preserve.  Swallows seem to be leaving, as we are only seeing a few violet greens lately.  Birding is still excellent as migrating species are on the move!

~Rebecca Weiss, ACES Naturalist