Birding at North Star Species List
June 25, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020, 6:30 AM – 8:30AM
Location: North Star Nature Preserve
Bird song was our focus on this early summer North Star outing. One highlight was a trio of singing sparrows perched near each other in willows where we were able to compare the songs of all three: Lincoln’s, fox, and song. We had good views of these birds for comparison of field marks as well. Later in the morning we also saw and heard a chipping sparrow, adding to the ‘sparrow study.’ Swallows and wrens were active and vocal around their nest sites in large cottonwood trees, a spotted sandpiper was calling and visible on the sandy shore, and a mountain bluebird was foraging for insects on the sand. The yellow warbler was another vocal species that we were able to hear and see; Wilson’s warbler was a brief sighting. We experienced an abundance of birds and practiced strategies for learning their songs, including grabbing the ‘handle’ or specific quality of the song that one hears, considering habitat and time of year, and taking advantage of moments when birds are both in view and singing. Join us this week at Hallam Lake on Tuesday and on Basalt Mountain on Wednesday where we will bird in areas of the burn zone!
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo by Dale Armstrong