Songs of Breeding Birds at North Star Nature Preserve Species List

ACES Staff

June 24, 2021

Songs of Breeding Birds at North Star Nature Preserve Species List

Thursday, June 24, 2021 6:30am-9:30am
Weather: Mostly sunny
Location: North Star Nature Preserve



After a night with some rain, the preserve was dewy and patches of low fog hung in the air. Bird activity was excellent as birds foraged and sang. We began with a mini lesson about birds’ vocal anatomy and how they make complex sounds, as well as background on North Star and its role in preserving important wildlife habitat. We walked a loop in the James Smith portion of the preserve, where we had great birding moments observing singing birds such as song sparrows, swallows, yellow warblers, and pine siskins. At the beach, several spotted sandpipers foraged and called. Fox and Lincoln’s sparrows sang all around us but remained out of view, underscoring the usefulness of learning the songs of birds. We discussed songs versus calls, and resource partitioning among different bird species that feed on the same foods. Join us on June 29th for morning birding at Hallam Lake!

Species List: 

Spotted Sandpiper
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Warbling Vireo
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Wren
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Pine Siskin


~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide

Photo by Mark Fuller

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