Morning Birding Species List | November 5, 2019
November 5, 2019
Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 8AM – 11AM
Location: Hallam Lake and Rio Grande Trail
Great Blue Heron
Last week’s winter storms brought snow and record low temperatures which caused some migrating birds to linger in the valley and wait for more favorable conditions. A ‘build-up’ of hermit thrushes has been observed by many local birders, a flock of 60 sandhill cranes touched down in Carbondale last week, and mixed flocks of golden-crowned kinglets, ruby-crowned kinglets, yellow-rumped warblers, chickadees, and nuthatches have been spotted foraging in deciduous leaves that have not yet fallen from trees and shrubs on the valley floor. Today’s highlights were yellow-rumped warblers foraging in a fallen spruce tree at Hallam Lake, flickers, a kingfisher, and a dipper, all of which provided excellent observations of field marks and behaviors. Pygmy nuthatches capped off the morning in the cottonwoods by the visitor center. Bird activity was excellent today, with 19 species on our list. Join us on December 3rd for Morning Birding at Hallam Lake and on December 15th for the Aspen Christmas Bird Count!
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo by Dale Armstrong