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Morning Birding Species List | February 5, 2019

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 8AM - 11AM
Weather: Partly sunny
Location: Hallam Lake

Species Identified

Canada Goose
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Red-winged Blackbird


Comments:

Another phenomenal morning of birding at Hallam Lake today! Following snowfall during the night, the forest and landscape of the Hallam Lake nature preserve was transformed into a winter wonderland with every twig outlined in white snow. The sun broke through the clouds during our birding session, creating wonderful views of shadow and light as well as bringing on some great bird activity. Red Crossbills were particularly active, and we were able to observe them in excellent light as they sang from tops of spruces and climbed around on cones to feed on the seeds. It was a great chance to study the color variations among males and females, to observe their flight style and movements in flocks, and to hear their calls and songs in order to strengthen our birding-by-ear skills. We also had an impromptu nuthatch study in ACES' parking lot when we were on our way to a mini field trip site, and ended up staying to enjoy all the bird activity in the forest around the lot instead. All three local nuthatch species were present and observable at close range, allowing for a detailed study of their field marks and the differences in their foraging styles. Other highlights of the morning included a couple of Northern Flickers, a Great Blue Heron, and a Hairy Woodpecker, as well as American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins. Join us on March 5th for the next Morning Birding outing at Hallam Lake!

 

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide 

 

Photo by Dale Armstrong