Morning Birding at Hallam Lake 8/24/21
August 25, 2021
Thursday, August 24, 2021, 7:30am-10:30am
Location: Hallam Lake
As we walked into the parking lot to follow up on a flock of crows that we heard, a Cooper’s hawk flew over our group to start off the morning with a “wow!” moment. We learned about mobbing behaviors and observed the Cooper’s hawk in excellent light as it preened and appeared relaxed while a few crows stayed around, occasionally flying by the hawk. Meanwhile, an adult osprey flew circles over us and cordilleran flycatchers hawked insects in the cottonwood canopy. We went on to bird in the Hallam Lake Preserve where we enjoyed lots of activity by warbling vireos, more cordilleran flycatchers, ruby-crowned kinglets, cedar waxwings, belted kingfishers, hummingbirds, and a few warblers. To finish the morning, we watched a dipper on the Roaring Fork River as it foraged and then preened on a river rock surrounded by the swirling streamflow. It was an excellent outing filled with great moments for learning and practicing field craft and identification skills. Join us on Friday to bird in the rugged and scenic gorge of the Roaring Fork!
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo: Photo by Patrice Bouchard