Just like you, birds are enjoying the last weeks of summer, and they’ve earned it. Birds have been busy in spring and summer building nests, having babies, and caring for them. After breeding, the molting season begins. All birds must replace their feathers, or molt, because feathers wear out over time.
As birds grow these new feathers, they are particularly vulnerable. They may not be able to fly as well during this time, and like to lie low and not attract the attention of predators. This may make seeing birds challenging this time of year. Attending a birding program with an expert naturalist will teach you where and how to look for these elusive birds.
Soaring Birds in Fremont is another birding program offering a glimpse at summer birds, beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 23. This activity will focus on soaring birds like hawks and vultures, and learning about how and why they soar. This hike is moderately difficult, with a longer distance of 4 miles and an 1,100-foot elevation change. Ages 10 and up are welcome.
These hikes are free, and while participants are encouraged to bring their own bird guides and binoculars, extras of each will be available at both programs. For more information and to register, visit www.LetsGoOutside.org.