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Morning Birding Species List | September 24, 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 24, 2013, 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Weather:  clear, sunny
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch

Species Identified  
Canada Goose
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Osprey
Sandhill Crane
Eurasian Collared-dove
Mourning Dove
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (pictured above)
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
   Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Song Sparrow
Linclon's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird

Bonus Animals:  Nuttal's cottontail, rock squirrel, least chipmunk

Comments:  Excellent fall birding, with the ultimate treat of watching a flock of 30-34 Sandhill cranes rising from their roost on the river, using a thermal column to climb, circling, up to their cruising altitude where they went into V formation and headed south.

~Rebecca Weiss, ACES Naturalist