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Morning Birding Species List | May 5, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Weather: Partly cloudy
Location: Hallam Lake and James Smith Open Space

Species Identified  
Canada Goose (pictured above)
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
      
Mountain Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Cassin's Finch

Comments:
Highlights from today's Morning Birding outing included several families of Canada geese with fuzzy yellow goslings; a sparrow study with excellent observations of song, chipping and fox sparrows; a check on the heronry at James Smith Open Space where the birds are incubating eggs; several good observations of ruby-crowned kinglets; and a comparison between violet-green and tree swallows. We delighted in the return of many bird species since the April outing, and look forward to more great sightings as ACES' Birding Program shifts into high gear. The next outing will be on May 19th, followed by the Spring Migration Count on May 29th, and then weekly Morning Birding thereafter through the first week of October. Full day birding classes up Independence Pass will be offered June 18th and July 16th.
 
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide