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Morning Birding Species List | February 2, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 8AM - 11AM
Location: Hallam Lake and the Rio Grande Trail

Species Identified      

Canada Goose
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee 

 

Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Dipper (pictured above)
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Comments: 

It was the last of a string of big powder days, very cold, and the perfect day to rest ski-weary legs with a morning of winter birding! We were delighted to see a Northern Pintail duck on the upper pond at ACES, an individual that has been spotted through the winter at a couple of great feeding areas around Aspen. More great birds and bird behaviors, mammal tracks, four elk, and lovely deep snow awaited us within the preserve at Hallam Lake. Winter birding is at its best on days like this, following several days of snowfall in a row. Birds emerge from cover, driven by hunger, to seek food and restore precious energy. The lake was busy with dippers, kingfisher, and waterfowl. The woods were busy with chickadees and nuthatches. And the feeders at ACES were very busy with many types of seed-eaters, nicely visible from the warmth of the visitor center. Join us for Morning Birding on March 1st for more of the best of winter birds!

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide