KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION LINE(235-PEEP) June 26, 2013 Homer has been enjoying such a beautiful summer. Sunshine, warm breezes and lovely birds. TheMessage 1 of 3 , Jun 27View SourceKACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION LINE(235-PEEP)
June 26, 2013
Homer has been enjoying such a beautiful summer. Sunshine, warm breezes and lovely birds.
The Wynn Nature Center is a wonderful area to enjoy birds...and flowers. (I know this is a bird report, but fantastic flowers there too right now!!) Some bird species seen or heard on the 26th were WILSON'S SNIPE, ALDER FLYCATCHER, GRAY JAY, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, VARIED THRUSH, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, ORANGE-CROWNED, YELLOW-RUMPED and TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, GOLDEN-CROWNED and FOX SPARROWS, DARK-EYED JUNCO.
At Eagle Lake (out East End Rd off Basargin Rd.) on the 19th : PACIFIC LOONS (2) nesting, RING-NECKED DUCKS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, MEW GULLS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, HERMIT, and VARIED THRUSH, WILSON'S and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, GOLDEN-CROWNED and SAVANNAH SPARROWS.
At the mouth of the Anchor River on the 18th: WHIMBRELS (14), HERRING GULL, ALDER FLYCATCHER, BANK SWALLOWS, FOX, SAVANNAH and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS.
Up on the Watermellon Trail (off Oleson Mt. Rd.) on the 15th : OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, GRAY JAY, BOREAL CHICKADEES, DARK-EYED JUNCO, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED, WILSON'S, ORANGE-CROWNED and TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, GOLDEN-CROWNED and FOX SPARROWS, DARK-EYED JUNCO.
There are two families of SANDHILL CRANES with colts in Beluga Slough. One has a very young colt and the other much older. Easy to spot them all from the boardwalk below Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.
Please report Sandhill Crane sightings, especially those with colts, to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or reports@....
IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BIRD!! Always!!
I am forwarding this late report I found on the Massachusetts Bird Listserv. Common and Green Sandpipers reported from Lake Louise Lodge in beginning ofMessage 1 of 3 , Jun 28View SourceI am forwarding this late report I found on the Massachusetts Bird Listserv. Common and Green Sandpipers reported from Lake Louise Lodge in beginning of June by a birding group from Mass. Had not seen it reported here and thought it might be of interest to the group.
"Once at the lodge located right on the lake, there standing in the grass along the beach was a Green Sandpiper [shocker], the next morning another vagrant a Common Sandpiper! As it turned out, these 2 vagrants topped what was seen on the island by a long shot."
Full post here: http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=468826&MLID=MASS&MLNM=Massachusetts
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Howdy Folks, I’m sorry I haven’t posted this yet but I had a long drive back from Prudhoe, after putting my clients on the plane in Barrow. First, it hasMessage 1 of 3 , Jun 29View SourceHowdy Folks,
I’m sorry I haven’t posted this yet but I had a long drive back from Prudhoe, after putting my clients on the plane in Barrow.
First, it has been years since I saw so many neat birds on this annual trek for me, which began in 1979. I have been doing it professionally since 1997.
There were many more birds on top of the spruce trees than most years, with the majority of non-robins being waxwings and Pine Grosbeaks. There were also several Harlan’s Hawks over the spruces, plus several rough-legs and SE Owls over the tundra, north of mm 131. PIGR are quite common around Coldfoot, and WW Crossbills are in many places “Wayup North” right now. A pond with a pair of Horned Grebes was nice, but the Rusty Blackbirds around it were even better (not far south of Coldfoot).
In Atigun Pass we missed rosy-finch for the third straight year, but found wheatear plentiful. Curiously few Snow Buntings and only one pipit.
As was indicated, the Gyrfalcon nest is again active, just south of Ice Cut, and not far from a rough-leg nest. Smith’s Longspurs and Yellow Wagtails were easy, but for the third straight year, we failed to find Bluethroat.
The costal tundra was really good this year, so from mm 60 on to Prudhoe we had to watch the marsh carefully.
As usual, though, Deadhorse (Prudhoe) was far better than the ride up. One large pond about 4 o’clock off the large, circular road around the lake had many eiders of the two common species there (King and Specs). All four of us with cameras about melted our lenses down there, and other spots like behind the old Arctic Caribou Inn were excellent, too (mating RN Phalaropes). Number of swans and both geese seemed high and as the years roll by, almost all birds get tamer for the folks with cameras. One male Gadwall seemed awfully far north.
We also had a nice flock of tame Sabine’s Gulls in smart plumage, and as always, feeding on the leeward side of the big lake (Colleen?). How curious it is to see another charadriform (besides Sandwich Terns) with a black bill and light tip, instead of vice versa (I have no working hypothesis for this).
We flew to Barrow for 36 hours and were again rewarded with lotsa birds. We had 9 Steller’s Eiders, a coupla Pomarine Jaegers, 3 Snowy Owls, more Sabine’s Gulls, loads more LT Ducks, two fly-by Yellow-billed Loons (on the way to the airport, along Stevenson Road), several pairs of Red-throated and Pacific Loons, one Common Eider out on the ice, a Varied Thrush .9 km down Cake Eater Road, which had loads of golden plovers, and many Red Phalaropes further down.
We saw exactly ZERO scoters inside the Arctic, and almost none off Anchor Point a coupla weeks ago. Hypotheses?
How lucky you are to live in a wilderness like Alaska. In the summer.
Jim, in Homer
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