On the 27th at the mouth of the Anchor River the following were seen: WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, SURF SCOTER, BALD EAGLE, NORTHWESTERN CROW, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, MEW GULL, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, ARCTIC TERN, BONAPARTE'S GULL, LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS, RUDDY and BLACK TURNSTONES (20), SURFBIRDS (46), SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, WHIMBREL (80), DOWITCHER (sp?).
On the 30th on the jetty by the Harbor (in Homer) SURFBIRDS and BLACK TURNSTONES were seen.
In Mud Bay ALEUTIAN TERNS (30) with one chick and ARCTIC TERNS (30) with 3 chicks were observed.
At Glacier Spit: SURFBIRDS, BLACK TURNSTONES, KITTLITZ'S and MARBLED MURRELETS.
At Gull Island SURFBIRDS, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS and BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES with chicks, plenty of TUFTED PUFFINS and a few HORNED PUFFINS have been seen. RED-NECKED PHALAROPES are still being seen out on the Bay. On Cohen Island HARLEQUIN DUCKS and BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS. Oystercatchers also seen on Yukon Island and Hesketh Island where there is a family with 2 chicks. Also PIGEON GUILLEMOTS at the end of Hesketh Island. ANCIENT MURELETS and MARBLED MURRELETS off Barabara Pt.
In Seldovia a GREAT BLUE HERON was seen in the harbor, BELTED KINGFISHERS AND MERLINS in the slough, and SONG SPARROWS, HERMIT THRUSH and TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS were seen and heard singing in town.
Many folks have reported that swallows have left already. BANK SWALLOWS in the Miller's Landing area are still here, but possibly counting down the days for departure. Much speculation about a cool summer meaning fewer insects meaning difficulty feeding their young?
Estimates of a thousand SURF SCOTERS seen out on the Bay east of Miller's Landing. An impressive bunch all together (and occasionally those ducks ARE "in a row").
PINE GROSBEAKS were reported out east of the McNeil Canyon School.
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