There has been a flock of sandpipers on the beach just north of the vehicular launch site at Anchor Point all week, with over a hundred Black Turnstones and a coupla dozen Surfbirds. Other stuff with them includes both flavors of yellowlegs, one Rock Sandpiper, a few Whimbrels and one wanderer I’ll tattle on. It is curious to me that numbers and species composition have remained fairly steady from day to day.
There has been surprisingly little movement of other groups out over the water, moving north or south, except a few scoters of relatively equal numbers. I did have one subadult Slaty-backed Gull there briefly yesterday before he moved south.
I drove my van (gulp) out the east end of Kat Bay, where you can now easily descend to sea level and head NE along the flats (not sure what yall call this in AK). While it was really neat to drive a few miles on the dried mud (and a little scary), birding was pretty dead. Just a few Semi-plovers. I did have an opportunity to talk birds with some of the residents (Russian orthodox, I believe) and gave them a couple of my books. Who knows, maybe there’s the next Roger Tory Khrushchev out there. Nice folks, though.
Does anyone know if increased sunshine, like we’ve had this summer, affects bird feeding/reproduction?
I’ll be at the Potter Marsh pullout tomorrow evening before I fly out for two years. I will really miss Alaska! Drop by!
Sent: Saturday, July 13, 2013 11:46 PM
Subject: [AK Birding] Surfbird
The Surfbird reported a couple of weeks ago is still with the Dowitchers and Godwits at the mouth of Fish Creek. It could be another, but since there's only one, it seems likely that this is the same bird hanging around with the flock.
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