Morning Birding Species List | December 3, 2013

ACES Staff

December 3, 2013

Morning Birding Species List | December 3, 2013

Throughout the fall, winter and spring ACES offers monthly Morning Birding classes at our Hallam Lake site in Aspen. Class outings venture to local birding hotspots and the birds never fail to impress. Take a look at the below species list and notes from one of the recent classes and register today for upcoming birding classes!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Weather: overcast, 30% ice coverage on the lake
Locations: Hallam Lake and Hunter Creek Trail

Species Identified    
Canada Goose
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser (pictured above)
Belted Kingfisher
Steller’s Jay
    Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Brown Creeper
American Dipper

Comments: Another beautiful winter morning with the highlight of two great ducks: female hooded merganser and female lesser scaup.  The brown creeper was another uncommon sighting, foraging on the mature cottonwoods along ACES’ driveway.  Lots of pair interactions observed between dippers.  Muskrats can be seen fairly reliably and lots of trimmed willows indicate healthy beaver activity.

~Rebecca Weiss, ACES Naturalist