Morning Birding at Hallam Lake 7/19/22
July 19, 2022
Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 7am-10am
Weather: Mostly sunny
Location: Hallam Lake Nature Preserve, Aspen, CO
Young of the year are such fun birding highlights in mid July! The large osprey chick in the Hallam Lake nest is very visible at times, providing a wonderful opportunity to study field marks of the parents and the young bird, as well as behaviors such as preening and feeding. The expansive, newly created emergent wetland areas between the upper ponds are beneficial to nesting spotted sandpipers; we watched four chicks foraging with one adult nearby. It was a special treat to see these young birds picking insects off of vegetation and occasionally swimming like a duck to cross channels of water. At the Roaring Fork River, we watched a recently fledged family of yellow warblers feeding in willows on both sides of the river; their flights across the river corridor made them especially easy to find. Join us next Tuesday for Morning Birding at Rock Bottom Ranch!
Great Blue Heron
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide