Morning Birding at Hallam Lake 8/16/22

ACES Staff

August 17, 2022

Morning Birding at Hallam Lake 8/16/22

Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 7:30am-10:30am
Weather: Overcast
Location: Hallam Lake Nature Preserve, Aspen, CO


It was a treat to watch birds on this misty morning with low clouds hanging over the mountains! Bird activity was good during this window in this week’s cooler, rainy weather pattern. Many of the birds we saw today were juveniles, either out on their own or attended and being fed by adults. Highlights included watching an adult osprey deliver a fish to the nest platform where the juvenile ate it, fledgling evening grosbeaks being fed by parents in a chokecherry shrub at close range, juvenile herons around Hallam Lake, and yellow warblers in willows along the Roaring Fork River. We discussed early migration, noting that the swallows will be among the first to leave in the next few weeks. We ended with a dipper on the Roaring Fork River; this bird was feeding in shallow, flowing water where it successfully caught and ate one invertebrate after the next. It was a wonderful, bird-filled morning!  Please check out our upcoming birding progams!

Species List: 

Eurasian Collared-Dove
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Spotted Sandpiper
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Flycatcher sp.
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
American Dipper
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Evening Grosbeak
House Finch
Pine Siskin
Song Sparrow
Yellow Warbler

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Featured photo: Osprey

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