Morning Birding at Hallam Lake 7/19/22

Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 7am-10am
Weather: Mostly sunny
Location: Hallam Lake Nature Preserve, Aspen, CO


Young of the year are such fun birding highlights in mid July! The large osprey chick in the Hallam Lake nest is very visible at times, providing a wonderful opportunity to study field marks of the parents and the young bird, as well as behaviors such as preening and feeding. The expansive, newly created emergent wetland areas between the upper ponds are beneficial to nesting spotted sandpipers; we watched four chicks foraging with one adult nearby. It was a special treat to see these young birds picking insects off of vegetation and occasionally swimming like a duck to cross channels of water. At the Roaring Fork River, we watched a recently fledged family of yellow warblers feeding in willows on both sides of the river; their flights across the river corridor made them especially easy to find. Join us next Tuesday for Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch!


Species List: 

Mallard
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Spotted Sandpiper
Great Blue Heron
Osprey
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Pine Siskin
House Finch
Song Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow Warbler


~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide


Featured photo: Cedar Waxwing