May Birding at Hallam Lake 5/2/23

Rebecca Weiss

May 2, 2023

May Birding at Hallam Lake 5/2/23

Tuesday, May 2, 2023, 7:00am-10:00am
Weather: Partly cloudy
Location: Hallam Lake, Aspen, CO


Woodpeckers and ruby-crowned kinglets dominated our experience this morning, with four species of woodpeckers in the cottonwoods over ACES’ driveway and kinglets everywhere all morning. The woodpeckers were observed drumming, preening, and displaying. Throughout the preserve, kinglets were active and vocal, and we were treated to several excellent observations of these birds singing and flaring their red crowns. Fox sparrows sang in several places nearby, but they remained elusive and out of sight for us. Other highlights included a Canada goose incubating on a nest, the active osprey pair, and many herons coming and going from the new heronry with its six active nests. Today’s mini lesson focused on BirdCast, a tool provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which shows realtime migration data as well as past and predicted migration activity on scales from national to the county level. Join us on Tuesday, May 16 for Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch!


Species List:

Canada Goose
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Great Blue Heron
Red-naped Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
House Finch
Pine Siskin
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Featured photo: Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

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