Morning Birding Species List | September 24, 2019
Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 7:30AM - 10:30AM
Weather: Mostly sunny
Location: Hallam Lake and Aspen Community Garden
Today's mini lesson mentioned the recent scientific study revealing the loss of 3 billion North American birds since 1970, an indication of the unraveling of the fabric of our ecosystems on a large scale. We also looked at a report describind the discovery of a small group of Nordman's Greenshanks in a remote larch forest in Russia, a species once thought to be extinct. At Hallam Lake, mixed flocks of migratory songbirds were observed moving through shrubby, food-rich habitat patches. Western Wood-Pewees and Cedar Waxwings were hawking airborne insects on the sunny side of the late, as they have been for the past several weeks. We expect the pewees to leave any day on their southward migration. Highlights at the community garden were a black-chinned hummingbird and several broad-tailed hummingbirds which we were able to observe at close range. The Lesser Goldfinches and the several species of sparrows there gave us opportunities to study their unique field marks. Today's group was mainly first-time birders and we enjoyed focusing our learning on binoculars use and field craft. Fall is a great time to discover birding! Join us next Tuesday at Hallam Lake, 8am - 11am, and note our bonus October Morning Birding outing at Rock Bottom Ranch on October 15th. See you then!
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo by Dale Armstrong