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Morning Birding Species List | January 6, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2014, 8AM - 11AM
Weather: Sunny, clear
Location: Hallam Lake, Snowmass

Species Identified  
Canada Goose
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser (pictured above)
Belted Kingfisher
     Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
American Dipper
Song Sparrow
House Finch

Comments: Winter birding outings are always special, offering glimpses of bird behaviors that are fascinating to watch, and the gratification of seeing birds active and thriving during this frosty, crisp, beautiful season. A kingfisher at Hallam Lake gave us a great show as it scouted from key perches, diving once successfully, and then perching with the fish in its bill long enough for the group to observe it before swallowing its catch. The clear, warmer morning seemed to bring on a little birdsong: song sparrows, chickadees and American dippers sang around Hallam Lake.

Our field trip to Snowmass Sanitation's water treatment pond yielded an excellent waterfowl study. Winter is a choice time to see water birds in breeding plumage, and certain species that only over-winter in this area. We were able to study field marks of both males and females of most species present on the treatment pond. We had good practice looking for key field marks on ducks that were roosting with heads tucked, preening, and actively diving. Today's mini-lesson covered irruptions, incursions of birds that don't normally occur in a given area, particularly in winter.

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

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide