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Willawa lake birds

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  • Aaron Bowman
    Had a nice hike out to Willawa lakes today from the Glen Alps trail head. Climbing up to the ball field area a beautiful adult plumage *Northern Goshawk*
    Message 1 of 1 , May 31, 2011
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      Had a nice hike out to Willawa lakes today from the Glen Alps trail head.
      Climbing up to the "ball field" area a beautiful adult plumage *Northern
      Goshawk* cruised the slopes looking to flush a bird or catch an unwary
      ground squirrel.
      At Willawa Lake there were about 10 *Harlequin Ducks*, most paired very
      obviously, one couple even seen copulating and a few pair of *Barrow's
      Goldeneye*.
      There was a moment of drama as a *Golden Eagle* dove in from an unseen
      hideout making an unsuccessful attempt at some Mew Gulls nesting on the
      glacial rock islands. There was also a *Wandering Tattler* pair on the
      lake edge and what remained of the lake ice. This couple was also
      caught in the act of copulating.
      For songbirds, *Golden-crowned Sparrows* were abundant singing around
      the lake, *Savannah Sparrows*, *White-crowned Sparrows*, and *Fox
      Sparrows* were also present. *Orange-crowned* and *Wilson's*
      represented the *Warblers* and a *Horned Lark* was heard above the lakes
      near the "ball field" area.

      The hike back to the trail head had a flavor of adventure as well as it
      appeared from the prints in the mud that I shared the trail for some
      distance with a very large brown bear. Nothing like that to help one
      out in the art of singing loud obnoxious improvised verses.

      Aaron Bowman
      Anchorage
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