- If I thought yesterday was good with having several hundred Short-billed
Dowithchers just arrive from the breeding grounds, tonight was 20 times
better! Dave Sonneborne and I estimated several THOUSAND today!
Unfortunately, we were the only ones seriously watching this huge
concentration. They must have arrived last night sometime. At times,
large flocks would take flight, twisting and turning in the distance.
Your best viewing is just before high tide (it was super from 7 to 8pm
tonight). At high tide, the shorebirds can be within 100 feet but a
scope is better as hundreds are in the flats farther out. They are
roughly at the same location as in my last night's post but today were
farther north towards the end of the Coastal Trail in downtown
Anchorage. You could drive/park close to the Trail downtown or else
park at the North Parking Lot at Westchester Lagoon and walk back
northward towards downtown on the Coastal Trail. Besides the Short-
bills, for shorebirds, we got 2-3 Surfbirds, 2 Black Turnstones, 2
Whimbels, 50 to 100 Semi-palmated Plovers, and 50-100 Least Sandpipers.
If that doesn't keep you busy, the usual passerines are singing nearby
and there are mucho gulls. If the weather holds like today, this can be
as good as the Homer Shorebird Festival! John Wenger Anchorage