Morning Birding Species List | July 30, 2019
Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 7AM - 10AM
Weather: Mostly sunny
Location: Hallam Lake & Rio Grande Trail
The morning began with a mini-lesson on Brown Creepers, followed by an action-packed morning in the Hallam Lake Nature Preserve. Highlights were excellent views of a red-naped sapsucker, many cedar waxwings fly-catching from trees throughout the preserve, a spotted sandpiper that allowed us to study it while it rested on a rock at the water's edge, and a flock of six mallard ducklings foraging close to their mother in the lake. We also saw a small bear foraging in the berry bushes along the Forest Trail within the preserve; to give it space, we turned around and birded our way back to the nature center along the lake trail. Birds have tapered off with singing and many fledglings are now on the wing. Behaviors and molt stages are fascinating to see at this time of year, such as the eclipse-plumaged mallards and the faded spotted sandpiper. Early migrants should begin appearing in the valley in the next couple of weeks. Join us next Tuesday, August 6th for Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch!
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo by Dale Armstrong