North Star Birding Series Species List | June 22, 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018, 6:30AM - 9:30AM
Weather: Light cloud cover
Location: North Star Nature Preserve

Species Identified

Gadwall
Mallard
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
House Finch
Pine Siskin
Green-tailed Towhee
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Orange-crowned Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Lazuli Bunting

Comments: 

This was a perfect morning for birding with sunshine early that helped bring up bird activity, followed by cloud cover that kept bird activity going as the day warmed. We had two great looks at a pair of Gadwalls in flight, showing their white wing patches and black rear ends. Nesting activity was in full swing.  Food-carrying to nestlings was observed in Red-naped Sapsuckers, House Wrens, and Violet-green and Tree Swallows. The shrubby hillsides at the base of Aspen Mountain were full of secretive warblers; we heard MacGillivray's and Orange- crowned Warblers here as well as Green-tailed Towhees and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Golden-crowned Kinglets were singing in the tops of large Douglas firs. A Lazuli Bunting was seen on the far side of the alluvial fan/aspen grove where open, upland shrub habitat provides a patch of habitat. The 'back side' of North Star Nature Preserve was teeming with birdlife and provided an experience that underscores the importance of preserving expansive, high-quality habitat like this in a unique part of the valley where the presence of water supports high biodiversity. Join us for the next Pitkin County/ACES birding session on July 26th at North Star, focusing on summer fledglings!

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide 

Photo by Dale Armstrong