Morning Birding Species List | May 2, 2017
May 3, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 6:30AM – 9:30AM
Location: Hallam Lake and Sunnyside Trail
After a spell of spring snow and overcast, chilly weather, a break in precipitation brought out many birds at Hallam Lake, but activity was still a bit subdued in the mountain shrubland habitat along Sunnyside Trail. With foliage just beginning to pop out on trees and shrubs, visibility of birds was excellent. The dawn chorus has additional singers every morning with more individuals and more species arriving to stay or pause en route to breeding grounds further away. Highlights today include many great looks at Ruby-crowned Kinglets, possibly the first Yellow Warbler at Hallam Lake, a pair of Brown Creepers, and the satisfaction of finding a Fox Sparrow singing at close range but blending in very well with its surroundings. A Cooper’s Hawk allowed us an excellent study, with mobbing Magpies and Steller’s Jay providing size comparisons. A pair of Canada Geese were resting prominently on top of a rock outcrop at Gold Butte.
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo by Dale Armstrong