We're Wild About Birds!
Saturday Bird Walk & Bird Count − August 26, 2017
Sunny and hot. 80°F. 2-6 mph. 21 participants.

Snowy Egrets ©Jane Baryames
It was rather warm by the time we got out this morning, not so good for songbird activity, but great for dragonflies! So, as you will see in the slide show, we spent a lot of time looking at non-avian creatures. Despite the heat, you can really tell that fall is coming.

Photographs from August 26, 2017 Wild Bird Company  Saturday  Morning Bird Walk
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Bird of the Day
     American Goldfinch 
Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch ©Neal Zaun

Today, the honors of Bird of the Day did not go to the charismatic megafauna (i.e. snowy egret), but rather to the delightfully bright and joyful American Goldfinch. They are just finishing up nesting because they delay nesting to coincide with the ripening of the thistles. Thistles provide both food and nesting material to the goldfinches. Most other songbirds have long since wrapped up nesting activities. One of the slide show images shows an adult feeding fledglings. The goldfinches were still very vocal this morning.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds:

American Goldfinches
©Kevin Rutherford
BirdFellow:  American Goldfinch

Audubon, Guide to North American Birds:  

Images of American Goldfinches from Past Wild Bird Company Walks:   American Goldfinch

Youtube Video by American Bird Conservancy:  
Bird Count: Saturday, August 26, 2017

Walden & Sawhill Ponds Wildlife Habitats,
Boulder, Colorado, US

Sat Aug 26, 2017 
Black-Capped Chickadee
©Neal Zaun
7:45 AM - 10:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
32 species

Canada Goose 9
Wood Duck 4
Blue-winged Teal 6
Mallard 14
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 5
Snowy Egret 13
Osprey 2
Killdeer ©Jane Baryames

Killdeer 20
Baird's Sandpiper 1
Wilson's Snipe 9
Solitary Sandpiper 8
Ring-billed Gull 60
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 12
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 1
Broad-tailed Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 5
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 1
American Kestrel 1
Wilson's Snipe ©Jane Baryames

Blue Jay 2
Barn Swallow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 4
House Wren 1
European Starling 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 1
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 10, see Bird of the Day

Autumn Meadowhawk
©Kevin Rutherford
Greater Spreadwing ©Neal Zaun

Tule Bluet ©Kevin Rutherford
Halloween Pennant
©Kevin Rutherford

Twelve-Spotted Skimmer
©Eileen Rutherford


              Total species seen:  32
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