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Morning Birding Species List | February 2, 2015

Tuesday, February 2, 2015, 8AM - 11AM
Weather: High clouds
Location: Hallam Lake, Roaring Fork River

Species Identified  
Canada Goose
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Bald Eagle (pictured above)
Golden Eagle
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Black-billed Magpie
    American Crow
Boack-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
American Dipper
Song Sparrow

Comments: This outing was perfectly bookend-ed by eagles: a bald right off the bat, and a golden just as we concluded. Both gave us great views in flight. Today's mini-lesson was about bird topography, specifically learning about feather groups, terminology, and how having a grip on bird topography enhances identification skills and general appreciation for diversity among birds. We focused on songbird and duck feather groups, and then applied this lesson in the field with the species we observed. It was a wonderful morning of rich learning, observation and discussion.

Join us for the next Birding with ACES outing on March 3! 

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide