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Morning Birding Species List | May 16, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Weather: mostly sunny
Location: Ute Cemetery and Aspen Grove Cemetery

Species Identified  

Canada Goose
Mallard
Cooper's Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper (pictured above)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

     

American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Pine Siskin

Comments:

Highlights from this morning include: At Hallam Lake: Spotted Sandpipers making courtship and/or territorial displays, and many Yellow Warblers singing and foraging throughout the preserve. At Ute Cemetery: two Orange-crowned Warblers that provided a great study opportunity as they stayed in view and sang on their territories, and a male Broad-tailed Hummingbird making high-speed display dives. At Aspen Grove Cemetery: a nesting pair of Cooper's Hawks is incubating, providing another excellent study opportunity. While many migratory breeding species have returned and nesting activities are well-underway with some, others have yet to arrive. We anticipate Cordilleran Flycatchers and Western Wood-Peewees any day, as well as Wilson's Warblers and Red-naped Sapsuckers. Today's mini-lesson addressed the behavior of head-bobbing that enhances vision in some birds, including coots, pigeons, and certain corvids. Join us on the last Tuesday of May at 6:30am for another spring morning of bird activity! Beginning in June, Morning Birding sessions will be held every Tuesday through the end of September.

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide 

 

Photo by Dale Armstrong