Morning Birding Species List | March 3, 2020
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 8AM - 11AM
Location: Hallam Lake and West End residence
Today's mini-lesson focused on White-throated Sparrows, our target bird for the West End field trip location; however we missed seeing this species in the field today. The Roaring Fork Valley is a wintering spot for just a few of these sparrows every year. We were fortunate to see many chickadees actively foraging in loose flocks, as well as Dark-eyed Juncos which are present in unusually low numbers this winter. Many birds are starting to sing more, including the chickadees, House Finches, and siskins. At Hallam Lake, the highlights were pygmy nuthatches and a couple of ravens that were eating carrion (possibly a dead beaver or muskrat). It was fascinating to observe the ravens through the high powered scope to see how they tugged and pulled to tear off pieces of the carcass and how they seemed to squabble between each other. Join us on April 7th for the next Morning Birding outing!
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo by Mark Fuller