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Morning Birding Species List | September 30, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: mostly cloudy
Location: Hallam Lake, North Star Nature Preserve

Species Identified  
Mallard
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
       American Robin
Virginia's Warbler
Vesper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
House Finch 

Comments: With cooler temperatures and a spell of rainy weather, we had to work hard for the birds this morning, but were rewarded with some fantastic sightings. At North Star, shrubs were teeming with small songbirds, providing an excellent 'sparrow study.'  Through the scope, distinguishing details among the four sparrow species in today's list were visible, and with juveniles mixed into the flock, the learning experience was superb. The highly variable weather during fall can also lead to 'fall out' conditions when migrating birds are forced to hunker down, and can be fairly easy to see - so keep your binoculars handy for mornings following stormy weather.

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Naturalist