Morning Birding Species List | September 25, 2018
Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 8AM - 11AM
Weather: Mostly sunny
Location: Private residence east of North Star Nature Preserve, and Aspen Grove Cemetery
Active molting and busy foraging characterize much of the bird activity at this time. We are observing Mallards molting into their winter breeding plumage, a process that occurs with different timing for different individuals through fall into early winter. Three Green-winged Teals gave us a great chance to compare their small size with the much larger Mallards on a log at Hallam Lake. Side by side comparisons like this are perfect for building valuable field ID experience. Our quest for Band-tailed Pigeons at the private residence did not result in any sightings of that species today, but we were able to study various sparrow species. A Downy Woodpecker gave us a good show at Aspen Grove Cemetery where it was feeding on several trees. We also noted its bill length versus head length which is a key comparison between Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers. Morning Birding will shift in October to the first Tuesday of each month. Join us at Hallam Lake on October 2nd!
~ Rebecca Weiss, ACES Bird Guide
Photo by Dale Armstrong