10166Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 6-7-14
- Jun 10, 2014
KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION: June 7, 2014
On the 6th there were some photos taken of an unusual bird: small (sparrow-sized), very dark, with a colored band on its left leg. These photos are still being studied but probable that it is an escaped caged bird due to only one colored band, heavily worn tail, ruffled belly plumage, and the upper mandible protruding past the lower one. (This from Martin Renner.) It was seen near the Spit Sisters and Mermaid Cafe (out on the Spit). If anyone sees this bird, please let us know!
The Kachemak Bay Birders found 20 species on the Homer end of the North Fork Rd on the 7th including: WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, AMERICAN DIPPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPERS (two locations by the river), BELTED KINGFISHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW.
There was a report today from out on the Bay which included RHINOCEROS AUKLET; TUFTED and HORNED PUFFINS; YELLOW-BILLED, COMMON and PACIFIC LOONS; MARBLED MURRELETS; PIGEON GUILLEMOT; ALEUTIAN TERN; PELAGIC and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT.
A male BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen from Land's End on the 7th. This bird is listed as “Accidental” for spring and fall on our Checklist of Birds of Kachemak Bay so is rarely seen here although reports have come in the last two or three years.
Also on the 7th there was a report of a possible FOX SPARROW and DARK-EYED JUNCO hybrid. This bird was also seen on the 4th in the Ben Walter's Park by McDonalds.
On the 3rd there was a THAYER'S GULL seen from Land's End.
ALDER and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were first reported on the 3rd in various parts of town and up on Skyline Rd.
Some sightings from Anchor Point on the 4th: NORTHERN WATER THRUSH, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, HERMIT THRUSH, PINE GROSBEAKS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS.
IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BIRD!