518Homer trip report
- Jan 1, 2006Hello all,
Well, here's Nick's and my Homer trip report, we just had to get out
of Interior for a bit.
We left Fairbanks on the morning of the 26th, stayed in Anchorage
through the night of the 26th where we picked up Sean Fitzgeral
(another young birder from WI). Then headed to Homer between the
27th and the 30th, drove all the way back to Fairbanks on the 30th
Fairbanks to Anchorage, not much, 2 Northern Hawk Owls, some White-
winged Crossbills and that's about it.
Anchorage: Went up to Arctic Valley with David Sonneborn, White-
tailed Ptarmigan (lifer for all except Sonneborn), a bunch of
Willows, and a flock of Bohemian Waxwings.
Anchorage to Homer: 7 Trumpeter Swans on Kenai Lake, 1 American
Dipper on the river, Barrow's Goldeneye also along the river, 1
Spruce Grouse and 2 Northern Shrik.
Soldotna dump: Slaty-backed Gull (1 adult, nice looking bird), and 1
Homer: Huge numbers of Rock Sandpipers (2400 counted in one flock,
estimating 4000+ total in Homer), DUNLIN (1 bird found in a large
flock of Rock Sandpipers), Yellow-billed Loon, more Black Scoters
than I have ever seen, Steller's Eiders (20-50 daily), Think-billed
Murre (2), no thrushes, HARRIS'S SPARROW (the one at the
Kleinleder's feeders), WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (1 in Homer, off of
East End Road), large numbers of Gray-crowned Rosy-finches, and
Eurasian Wigeon (1 male).
That's a breif summary of birds of note from our trip. Overall we
had an awesome time. Total list for the trip is at 72 species.
Also first bird of the year for me was yet again Black-capped
Hope all is well, Happy New Year, and good birding in 2006!!!
Fairbanks AK (where my year list is now up to 4 species)