Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Hotline (235-PEEP): 3-31-11
- KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION LINE
March 31, 2011
Many new species arriving daily!! For the most up-to-date sightings, which are posted immediately, check the Kachemak Bay Birders' website
The WESTERN MEADOWLARK was last reported on the 27th mid-day by the Ocean Shores Motel. Many people have been looking since then so there may be a more recent sighting? (Which we'd love to hear about!)
On the 29th in Mariner Park a male LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen.
Out on the Spit there were some very large numbers of ROCK SANDPIPERS reported this week, in the 7,000 to 10,000 range! And Aaron Lang reported a good percent were the Pribilof subspecies. Mixed in the large flocks were about 200-320 DUNLIN.
Also out on the Spit HERRING GULLS, THAYER'S GULL (one adult) and GLAUCOUS GULL (one adult, limping) were reported on the 20th. BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES were first reported on the 15th.
In the Steller's Jay Drive area (off Bear Creek Rd), WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS (2), AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS (10), GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, AND WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were all singing! (For complete directions to this great spot, check the Bird Signings on the Kachemak Bay Birders' website.) Other reports of birds singing from many parts of town were SONG SPARROWS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, AMERICAN ROBINS AND VARIED THRUSH. All wonderful sounds to hear!
In the Portlock, Taku, Alpenglow St. area out East End Rd, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was reported singing on the 28th.
The BRAMBLING was last reported on the 22nd, but maybe other sightings since then. This bird has been way out at the end of East End Road.
In Beluga Slough this week, EURASIAN WIGEONS (4 male), NORTHERN PINTAIL (2), and AMERICAN WIGEON. NORTHERN SHOVELERS (4) were reported on the 30th but did not state where they had been seen.
On the 22nd near Cook Inletkeeper RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (10) were seen and in later days were reported at Seaside Farms and near Beluga Slough.
Out on the Bay, many MARBLED MURRELETS, some KITTLITZ'S MURRRELETS (6), and some PIGEON GUILLIMOTS.
Up in the Bidarka St. area, BOREAL AND GREAT HORNED OWLS were heard. NORTHERN HAWK OWL reports from many areas in town.
IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BIRD!!