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Morning Birding Species List | July 21, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Weather: partly cloudy
Location: Hallam Lake, North Star Nature Preserve

Species Identified    
Canada Goose
Mallard
Great blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Black-billed Magpie
     American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Sage Thrasher
     Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird (pictured above)
House Finch
Pine Siskin

Comments:
A light rain followed by sunshine brought out the birds for us this morning. Swallows feeding over Hallam Lake gave us great views of their in-flight field marks, and one spotted sandpiper chick was observed. At North Star, we learned about the many vegetation communities that come together there, creating a mosaic of rich biodiversity, including bird life. A sage thrasher gave us a good chance to study and solve it's ID. It is the first sage thrasher observed on ACES outings there, and an unusual sight in the upper valley altogether. The group contributed thoughts, guesses, observations, and discussion leading to figuring the bird out- a valuable learning process, and an active way to learn. The morning was capped off by a cedar waxwing in excellent light.

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide