North Star Birding: Rails & Snipes | May 26, 2016

ACES Staff

May 27, 2016

North Star Birding: Rails & Snipes | May 26, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6:30AM – 8:30AM
Weather: sunny, clear
Location: North Star

Species Identified

Canada Goose
Cinnamon Teal
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-naped Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Steller’s Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow


Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Mountain Bluebird
American Robin
Yellow Warbler
Chipping Sparrow (pictured above)
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird

 Mammals: elk, coyote, muskrat


North Star was alive with birdlife in full spring swing, as well as elk feeding in the meadows, a coyote on the hunt, and a muskrat in open water. We learned about rails and snipe: habitat requirements, nest types, life histories, vocalizations and non-vocal sounds. Sora calls were heard many times, but no snipes or Virginia Rails were positively detected during the outing. A pair of Cinnamon Teals was another highlight, with excellent views through the scope. Join us on June 18th at the South Gate parking lot for the next outing focusing on the heronry at the James Smith Property.

~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Photo by Mark Fuller

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