Birding at North Star: Songs of Breeding Birds 5/19/23


Rebecca Weiss

May 19, 2023

Birding at North Star: Songs of Breeding Birds 5/19/23

Wednesday, May 19, 2023, 7:00am-10:00am
Weather: Sunny
Location: North Star Nature Preserve, Aspen, CO

Exploring the western end of North Star, we focused on the songs of spring breeding birds. Species that we studied by listening and watching in the field included Fox Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, and Chipping Sparrow. We discussed songs versus calls as well as drumming by woodpeckers. A pair of Mountain Bluebirds was actively foraging at the edge of a meadow where we enjoyed watching them in excellent light. Other highlights included nesting Tree Swallows and Mountain Chickadees, Gadwalls and Muskrats in the pond, and displaying Red-winged Blackbirds.

 

Species List:

Canada Goose
Gadwall
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Great Blue Heron
Red-naped Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Dusky Flycatcher
Steller’s Jay
Black-billed Magpie
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
House Wren
Mountain Bluebird
American Robin
House Finch
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Green-tailed Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Featured photo: Lincoln’s Sparrow.

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