5668Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Hotline (235-PEEP): 10-31-10
- Nov 1, 2010Sad to report that there were no further sightings of the JACK SNIPE. However around the 17th when there were so many birders here looking for it, many other great birds were seen. In Beluga Slough: LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS (4), PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (3), SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER (possible), LAPLAND LONGSPURS, YELLOW WARBLER, NORTHERN GOSHAWK.
On the 23rd a female HOODED MERGANSER was seen in Beluga Lake. The last recorded sighting here was over 15 years ago! It is listed as "accidental" in the "Checklist of Kachemak Bay Birds", although for spring not fall. Also seen near there a duck that was first described as a "possible BLUE-WINGED TEAL or CINNAMON TEAL". Then another report came in of a possible CINNAMON TEAL in Mud Bay. Perhaps the same? Neither CINNAMON or BLUE-WINGED TEAL are listed in the "Checklist of Kachemak Bay Birds" although BLUE-WINGED TEAL occur in SC Alaska. The CINNAMON TEAL is even more rare here. (Please see AKBirding for details about these sightings.)
Also seen in Mud Bay on the 23rd: GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (7), BRANT (1) and about 200 ROCK SANDPIPERS. On the 30th approximately 400-500 shorebirds, no doubt ROCK SANDPIPERS, were seen in Mud Bay
On the 25th at Beluga Lake a drake PINTAIL X MALLARD hybrid and a EURASIAN X AMERICAN WIGEON hybrid were spotted.
At Seaside Farms on the 27th RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, VARIED THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBINS (small flock), WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and NORTHERN SHRIKE were seen. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen on the 29th.
At the Wynn Nature Center: SHORT-EARED OWL, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, BROWN CREEPER, CHICKADEES, GRAY JAY, STELLER'S JAY and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE were reported.
At Eveline Park (out past McNeil Canyon School) a HARRY WOODPECKER was reported on the 25th and a woodpecker (either HAIRY OR DOWNY) was seen on the 30th. PINE GROSBEAKS were also seen there.
On the Homesteader Trail (off of Rogers Loop) SPRUCE GROUSE and NORTHERN GOSHAWK.