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Morning Birding Species List | November 5, 2013

Throughout the fall, winter and spring ACES offers monthly Morning Birding classes at our Hallam Lake site in Aspen. Class outings venture to local birding hotspots and the birds never fail to impress. Take a look at the below species list and notes from one of the recent classes and register today for upcoming birding classes!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Weather:  snowing lightly and 4" of snow on the ground
Locations: Hallam Lake and lower Hunter Creek Trail

Species Identified  
Canada Goose
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck (pictured above)
Pied-billed Grebe
Belted Kingfisher
   Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
American Dipper

Comments:  It was a fantastic morning, very wintery and refreshing, snow softly falling, beautiful light, bear tracks at Hallam Lake and along the Hunter Creek Trail. A pair of mallards and a dipper foraged casually near the base of the spawning channel while spawning brook trout thrashed nearby, their dorsal and tail fins sticking up out of the shallow water.  We saw a beaver swimming and noted the size of their food cache which is much bigger this year than last (we think the beavers expect a big winter!). Bird behavior is now so different from summer avian activities, and we were rewarded with fascinating observations, such such as the mixed flocks of water fowl foraging together on the open water.

~Rebecca Weiss, ACES Naturalist