Sandhill Cranes (5) were reported on the evening of 9th at the top of the hill above the west part of town. This was the first sighting of the year : )
A pair of swans was reported on the 9th flying along the water south of the Baycrest area.
A RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was seen at the top of Clayton St. on the 7th. These have been seen a few times before but usually only in the fall. Also there that day were 9 Rusty Blackbirds at a feeder. A Saw-whet Owl has been heard several times.
In Beluga Slough on the 10th, Common Goldeneyes, Bufflehead, Northern Pintails (2) and America Wigeon (2) were seen.
Black-legged Kittiwakes are present in large numbers and with loud volume at the Deep Water Dock and Ferry Dock areas, setting up territories and all. Common and Barrow's Goldeneyes, Long-tailed Ducks, Black and White-winged Scoters, Harlequin Ducks and both merganser species are present near the end of the Spit. A group of several hundred Rock Sandpipers was seen at the Barge Lagoon.
Two Song Sparrows were heard singing on Kachemak Drive on the 10th.
At Fritz Creek a pair of Downy Woodpeckers and a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers are setting up territories. Sharp-shinned Hawks and Goshawks are being seen also.
A short distance past McNeil Canyon School, (past where there was ashfall last week), Gray Jays, Pine Siskins, Pine Grosbeaks, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, and Common Redpolls are being seen.
From Jakolof there was a report of a Belted Kingfisher.
It appeared that there was a decrease in the numbers of birds being seen the day after the ashfall on the 4th near town. Speculation was that some birds might have died and others may have gotten away from the areas of falling ash. As of this date, some birds have returned but nowhere near the original numbers.