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Morning Birding Species List | September 10, 2013

Throughout the summer months ACES offers weekly Morning Birding classes at their Hallam Lake site in Aspen and Rock Bottom Ranch site in Basalt. 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 in Aspen and register today for upcoming birding classes, which run through September!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 7 AM - 10 AM
Weather:  partly cloudy
Locations: Hallam Lake and North Star Nature Preserve

Species Identified  
Canada Goose
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Mourning Dove
Hreat Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker (pictured above)

Northern Flicker
Clark's Nutcracker
Black-billed Magpie
    American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Mountain Bluebird
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
House Finch
Pine Siskin

Comments:  Great birding on a drizzly day with beautiful low clouds!  Good challenges now include juveniles and non-breeding plumages on adults.  Clark's Nutcrackers are seen lately in small flocks in montane forest and shrubland.  Fall migration activity is making birding this month spectacular!

~Rebecca Weiss, ACES Naturalist