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Morning Birding Species List | May 3, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Weather: sunny, cold.
Location: Hallam Lake

Species Identified
      

Canada Goose
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Eurasian Collared-dove
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Red-naped Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow

 

Swallow sp.
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
American Dipper
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Pine Siskin
Evening Grosbeak (pictured above)

Comments:
A change in the weather after over a week of snowy, winter-like weather brought out many birds on this sunny, crisp morning. For some of us, we got to hear our first Broad-tailed Hummingbirds of the season and had our first sightings of Red-Naped Sapsucker. Highlights included a great look at a Ruby-crowned Kinglet's red crown, nesting American Dippers, and Evening Grosbeaks at close range allowing us to get a good grip on their vocalizations. This is the time to get out and bird a lot while species are arriving on a weekly basis and vegetation is not yet leafed out, allowing great visibility. The morning was capped off with an excellent view of a hunting long-tailed weasel at close range. Its coat had molted to brown fur nearly completely, leaving just a bit of white toward the black tipped end of its tail.

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide