ACES Birding Field Class with Bill Schmoker, Tune Up: Birdsongs & Behavior | June 29 & 30, 2019

Friday & Saturday, June 29 & 30, 2019, 7AM - 2PM
Weather: Mostly sunny
Location: Hallam Lake and Castle Creek Valley (Conundrum Road, Catto Center at Toklat, upper Castle Creek Road), Basalt Library Wetlands, Emma area, Frying Pan Road

Friday, June 29: Hallam Lake and Castle Creek Valley: Conundrum Road, Toklat, upper Castle Creek Road

Species Identified
Canada Goose
Mallard
Gadwall
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
American Coot
Spotted Sandpiper
Cooper's Hawk
Red-naped Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Mountain Bluebird
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Pine Siskin
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
MacGillivray's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Western Tanager

Saturday, June 30: Basalt Library Wetlands, Emma area, Frying Pan Road

Species Identified
Mallard
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Band-tailed Pigeon
White-throated Swift
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Red-tailed Hawk
Lewis's Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Western Wood-Pewee
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
American Dipper
Mountain Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Yellow Warbler
Lazuli Bunting


Comments:

Bill's two-day class focused on making and using recordings of bird sounds for study purposes (and for eBird) as well as observing and understanding bird behaviors. We had two excellent trips in the Aspen area and in the mid-valley where we visited a variety of habitats and saw a good sampling of local birdlife. Classroom sessions provided the nuts and bolts of understanding, making, and using bird sound recordings, while field time allowed for practice with ear-birdins, using smart phones and other devices to practice making recordings, and observing many interesting bird behaviors. Highlights were many, including: newly fledged mountain bluebirds, western wood-pewees constructing a nest, active red-naped sapsucker nests, a peregrine falcon, a large flock of band-tailed pigeons, a dipper nest, and excellent practice with learning birdsongs in the field. Bill's extensive knowledge, engaging teaching style, and good humour made these field sessions extra fun and educational. Join us next Wednesday for Birding By Habitat: Crystal River Valley with Mark Fuller and Rebecca Weiss.

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide 

 

Photo by Jeff Finesilver