Yesterday I woke up to decidedly spring-like weather with the sound of ice dripping and a winter wren and varied thrushes singing outside my window. (I'm sure though we will get at least one more dumping before spring is really here. )
Didn't spot any white-winged crossbills in the village, but did spot 4 RED CROSSBILLS in the trees above the ferry dock. A single GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was cruising around the boat harbor. PELAGIC CORMORANTS, RED-BREASTED MERGANZER, COMMON MERGANZER, RED-NECKED GREBES, HARLIQUIN DUCKS AND SINGLE COMMON LOON were hanging out off shore of Long Beach. The CROWS were working the pop kelp beds on the half-tide with a BALD EAGLE cruising over making everyone nervous. My feeder is still being swarmed by PINE SISKINS with a few REDPOLLS and CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES attempting to get some seed too. A few SLATE-COLORED JUNCOS hopped around under the berry bushes near the greenhouse. And of course, the ever present BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES, STELLER'S JAY and RAVENS kept the village under surveillance for any available food scraps.
McLaughlin Environmental Services
PO Box 8043
Chenega Bay, Alaska 99574
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