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Morning Birding Species List | August 5, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 7AM - 10AM
Weather:  partly cloudy
Location: Hallam Lake, Moore Openspace, Ute Cemetery

Species Identified    
Spotted Sandpiper
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
   American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren (pictured above)
American Robin
   Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Green-tailed Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Western Tanager

Comments: Summer is beginning to wind up: the spotted sandpipers have molted into their non-breeding plumage, and have lost their spots; cedar waxwings are starting to flock; and mallards are in full eclipse plumage. Fledgling activity has ramped up, as young birds get their bearings and prepare for fall activities.   

Today's outing explored vibrant mountain shrubland and riparian habitats on public and private openspace, and the mini-lesson was about the importance of preserving habitat for birds and their other wild neighbors.

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Naturalist