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Morning Birding Species List | January 8, 2019

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 8AM - 11AM
Weather: Sunny
Location: Hallam Lake and the West End of Aspen

Species Identified

Canada Goose
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
American Dipper
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird


Comments:

After a spell of very cold temperatures and some new snow, today was clear and sunny and especially exciting with lots of bird activity! Our mini-lesson focused on identification of the various dark-eyed junco subspecies, and included a couple of birds shared by participants: a photo ID question which was a golden eagle, and a pine siskin specimen which allowed us to see the bird's field marks and other traits up close. Our group spent the first chunk of birding time close to the building and upper ponds where many species were active, including dippers, a great blue heron, a brown creeper, American goldfinches, pygmy nuthatches, a belted kingfisher, chickadees, and red-winged blackbirds. Red crossbills in small flocks were flying among the cone-laden tops of spruce trees, and the sunlight showed off the purple sheen on the heads of male ring-necked ducks diving in the main part of Hallam Lake. In the large cottonwoods along ACES' driveway, all three nuthatch species were foraging, and at our field trip destination we studied mountain and black-capped chickadees side-by-side. We were also treated to an excellent view of a female red crossbill calling at the top of a tree in great light. This was such a fun way to start off the birding year at ACES! Keep posted for a rosy-finch study in the coming weeks as well as Morning Birding on the first Tuesday of the month through winter and early spring.

 

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide 

 

Photo by Dale Armstrong