Morning Birding Species List | March 3, 2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 8AM - 11AM
Weather: Sunny
Location: Hallam Lake and West End residence
 

Species Identified
Canada Goose
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Pine Siskin
House Finch
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird

 

Comments:

Today's mini-lesson focused on White-throated Sparrows, our target bird for the West End field trip location; however we missed seeing this species in the field today. The Roaring Fork Valley is a wintering spot for just a few of these sparrows every year. We were fortunate to see many chickadees actively foraging in loose flocks, as well as Dark-eyed Juncos which are present in unusually low numbers this winter. Many birds are starting to sing more, including the chickadees, House Finches, and siskins. At Hallam Lake, the highlights were pygmy nuthatches and a couple of ravens that were eating carrion (possibly a dead beaver or muskrat). It was fascinating to observe the ravens through the high powered scope to see how they tugged and pulled to tear off pieces of the carcass and how they seemed to squabble between each other. Join us on April 7th for the next Morning Birding outing!

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide 

 

Photo by Mark Fuller