Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Hotline (235-PEEP): 12-30-09
- A GREAT GRAY OWL has been seen several times at the upper end of Beluga Lake, specifically from the observation platform that is at the end of the Calvin and Cole Nature Trail (which is accessed from Mariner Drive or from the east side of Paul Banks School). These owls are listed as "rare" in the Checklist of Birds of Kachemak Bay.
The EMPEROR GOOSE is still on the Spit, usually seen in the area behind the Pier One Theater. A STELLER'S EIDER was seen with a scope from the west side of the Spit midway out, in with some BLACK SCOTERS. Many LONG-TAILED DUCKS, COMMON LOONS, all three SCOTERS, and the very large group of ROCK SANDPIPERS were seen also. SNOW BUNTINGS were reported out there but without a specific location.
There have been many reports of GREAT HORNED OWLS from many different areas.
There have been no recent reports of the MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD. If anyone has seen it recently, please let us know?