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North Star Birding Species List | July 12, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 7:00AM - 9:00AM
Weather: cloudy
Location: North Star Nature Preserve, James Smith Property

Species Identified  

Great Blue Heron (pictured above)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
House Wren

     

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Yellow Warbler
Green-tailed Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Western Tanager
Brown-headed Cowbird


Comments:

Highlights of this special outing included discovering an active heron nest located a short distance downstream from the original nesting site, complete with a big chick and one adult in the nest. Also, a female Western Tanager was foraging on caterpillars around the edges of the river, giving us a good identification challenge to work out. We had opportunities to study a family of newly fledged Ruby-crowned Kinglets, as well as Lincoln's Sparrows and Yellow Warblers. The lush green vegetation and low clouds as well as the abundant birdlife underscored the vitality of this special habitat. Join us in August for the last in this series, venturing to the 'other side' of the river for more excellent birding!

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide 

 

Photo by Dale Armstrong