Songs of Breeding Birds at North Star Nature Preserve Species List
June 24, 2021
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!
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo by Mark Fuller