- Thanks to the pointers so generously provided in response to our
inquiry on this site. Quite a bit of rain and our scope and
binoculars are of the 'not waterproof' variety.
Anyway, we saw 33 species but missed the Harris' Sparrow although it
was still being seen at least as late as mid week. Also missed
murres, White Throated Sparrow, YB Loon, E Wigeon.
Best birds were the beautiful Stellers Eiders (lifers for both of us)
and Gray-Crowned Rosy Finches.
Good birds for us;
Red-Breasted and Common Mergansers
Huge groups of Rock Sandpipers (800 plus)
Common and Pacific Loon
3 Scoter species
all other waterfowl that isn't in the Mat-su in winter
What struck us was all the life in Homer mid winter: 100s of sea
otters (even hauled out on a gravel bar!), seals, and birds all over.
In hindsight we needed way more time to properly bird and allow for
bad weather days. We recommend at minimum 3 full days to have time
for visiting private feeders, birding upland meadows/forests as well.
The Islands and Oceans Visitor Center just before reaching spit is
excellent and also has a board of recent bird sightings posted.
We look forward to a report from Luke or Nick who found delectables
such as white-throated sparrow and Dunlin. For sure they will have
more good finds to report.