Morning Birding Species List | May 24, 2017
May 25, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 6:30AM – 8:30AM
Location: North Star Nature Preserve
Canada Goose (pictured above)
Our main quarry this crisp, frosty morning, remained elusive, living up to their life histories! One faint Wilson’s Snipe was heard about a half hour before the class began, but otherwise the snipes, Virginia Rails, and Soras of North Star did not reveal themselves to us during this outing. We learned about the expansive, high-quality habitat these unique birds breed in as ground nesters, as well as the value of the preserve’s management that protects these vulnerable birds. We learned that rails and snipes are detected more often by ear than by sight, played recorded vocalizations of each species, and listened for these birds among the dawn chorus at several locations. Many other bird species were observed, underscoring the quality and value of North Star Nature Preserve. Mammal sightings included elk, deer, and black bear (observed just prior to the class).
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo by Dale Armstrong