Late and getting later...
- Homer: Beluga and Lampert Lakes have frozen. Mud Bay is beginning to freeze
with ice accumulating on the shore. Despite this late shorebirds are
persisting in Homer. Today (10/31) the BAR-TAILED GODWIT was still at Mud
Bay with a diminished flock of LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS--only 7 today. (There
were 22 there two days ago). Also present were 24 DUNLIN, 8 ROCK SANDPIPERS
and 10 AMERICAN PIPITS (fly-over).
If you're interested in trying to find these birds in November (tomorrow!)
currently the best time to look is an hour or two before or after high
tide. The tides are big enough that all the mud is inundated at high tide
and the birds are roosting in the grass and difficult to see. I missed the
godwit at high tide today, but found it a few hours later (about 3:30pm) out
on the mud. Have not seen the Marbled Godwit since October 26th.
Late shorebirds, Cedar Waxwings, Hooded Merganser, Marsh Wren...shaping up
to be an interesting fall in southcentral AK.
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