Morning Birding at Hallam Lake Species List
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 7am-10am
Weather: Mostly Sunny
Location: Hallam Lake
This morning's mini lesson focused on how to clean binoculars to clear away pollen, dust, muffin crumbs... all of the debris that can land on our lenses and affect clear viewing of birds. Always consult your owner's manual, and adjust this basic cleaning routine as appropriate: sweep away dusty debris with a lens pen brush, then remove eye cups (if your model is designed to do this) and gently run lenses under a small stream of water from a sink faucet - keep this brief. Lastly, dry lenses with a clean lens cloth and put eye cups back on. Enjoy crisp, clean views with regular cleaning! Today's birding highlights included watching the large osprey chick and adults at the nest, excellent views of a red-naped sapsucker gleaning insects from a small cottonwood tree, observing the three large heron chicks that seem ready to fledge any minute (we've been thinking this for the past several weeks!), a preening yellow-rumped warbler, a preening lark sparrow, and an active kingfisher around the lake. We discussed watching bird behavior as a fun secondary focus after identifying birds, and the importance of birding by ear in lush forests and thickets where birds can be difficult to see. As we wrapped up, we noticed a warbling vireo in the tree canopy above the nature center building. Join us tomorrow for Birding By Habitat: Castle Creek Valley, to observe and learn about subalpine forest and riparian birds!
Great Blue Heron
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo by Dale Armstrong