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Morning Birding Species List | May 24, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 6:30AM - 8:30AM
Weather: sunny
Location: North Star Nature Preserve

Species Identified  

Canada Goose (pictured above)
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Spotted Sandpiper
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Red-naped Sapsucker
Norther Flicker
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee

     

White-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird


Comments:

Our main quarry this crisp, frosty morning, remained elusive, living up to their life histories! One faint Wilson's Snipe was heard about a half hour before the class began, but otherwise the snipes, Virginia Rails, and Soras of North Star did not reveal themselves to us during this outing. We learned about the expansive, high-quality habitat these unique birds breed in as ground nesters, as well as the value of the preserve's management that protects these vulnerable birds. We learned that rails and snipes are detected more often by ear than by sight, played recorded vocalizations of each species, and listened for these birds among the dawn chorus at several locations. Many other bird species were observed, underscoring the quality and value of North Star Nature Preserve.  Mammal sightings included elk, deer, and black bear (observed just prior to the class).

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide 

 

Photo by Dale Armstrong