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Tree Sparrow,©David Sibley

28 Feb Anchorage-- Both Purple and Cassin's Finches present ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
27 Feb Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival: Kenai River Float Trip Registration Opens March 2! ["beranek_lisa AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
27 Feb Feb spring? ["Kate McLaughlin mclenvironmental AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
27 Feb COMMON MERGANSER ["Chuck ciliff2 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
26 Feb Owls ["Jonah Linquist birderjonah1 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
26 Feb Anchorage Rock Sandpipers ["ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
26 Feb Anchorage Purple Finch - Singing ["Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
25 Feb Valdez birding spots ["ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net [AKBirding]" ]
25 Feb More afflicted Pine Grosbeaks ["cmannix AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" ]
24 Feb Re: Scaly Leg (?) on Pine Grosbeak ["Elizabeth Norris ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net [AKBirding]" ]
24 Feb Spenard Crossing finches ["dalybar AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
24 Feb 5th Avenue Merlin ["BradMeiklejohn AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
23 Feb Scaly Leg (?) on Pine Grosbeak ["cmannix AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" ]
23 Feb finches-Anchorage ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
22 Feb Saturday, February 21, 2015 Anchorage Audubon-Seward Field Trip ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
22 Feb Alaska 200 Club 2014 Membership Update ["akbirder AT eagle.ptialaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
21 Feb Thayer's Gull ["geomatz AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
20 Feb Both finches! ["'Russell, Ken' Ken_Russell AT fws.gov [AKBirding]" ]
19 Feb Homer ["David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
19 Feb Northern Saw-whet Owl ["avocet AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
19 Feb Finches? ["'Russell, Ken' Ken_Russell AT fws.gov [AKBirding]" ]
19 Feb Northern Goshawk, Palmer Hay Flats ["BradMeiklejohn AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Feb Finches ["BradMeiklejohn AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
16 Feb Re: Government Hill Chipping Sparrow (Anchorage) ["David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
16 Feb Re: Government Hill Chipping Sparrow (Anchorage) ["brad benter bradbenter AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
16 Feb Government Hill Chipping Sparrow (Anchorage) ["prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
16 Feb Government Hill Chipping Sparrow - a bit of an old report ["Stephanie Kesler skesler AT gci.com [AKBirding]" ]
15 Feb Homer has singing Varied Thrush also ["'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
15 Feb Varied Thrush Singing in Girdwood ["scottie.thomas AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
15 Feb Robins on Anchorage ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Feb Gray-crowned Rosy Finches ["Louann Feldmann ravenlinkarts AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
12 Feb Anchorage Purple and Cassin's ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
11 Feb Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Red Crossbills ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
11 Feb Beached Bird Survey Training Session at the AK Forum on the Env ["ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net [AKBirding]" ]
11 Feb RE: Wind and ravens ["Falk Huettmann fhuettmann AT alaska.edu [AKBirding]" ]
10 Feb Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches ["Louann Feldmann ravenlinkarts AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
10 Feb Aaron Bowman's Anchorage Big Year ["dalybar AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
10 Feb Red crossbill ["Jonah Linquist birderjonah1 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
09 Feb a seven finch day ["Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
8 Feb Chipping Sparrow ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
07 Feb February 7, 2015 Mystery Diving Duck update ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
07 Feb Finches & Rusty Blackbird, SE of Spenard Crossing. ["gary_rasmussen2002 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
7 Feb Re: Government Hill Chipping Sparrow (Anchorage) ["Hannah Frenier hannahfrenier AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
6 Feb Government Hill Chipping Sparrow (Anchorage) ["prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
6 Feb Wind and ravens ["anthony newcomer onekoolkid0 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
05 Feb Thursday, February 5, 2015 Mystery diving duck ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
05 Feb Wednesday, February 4, 2015 Fabulous winter birding ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
6 Feb Varied Thrush Photo Anchorage ["G W spinscan AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
05 Feb Varied thrush Anchorage ["spinscan spinscan AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
5 Feb Re: The Sibley Guide to Birds Second Edition - First Printing ["'Dave DeLap' dfdel AT msn.com [AKBirding]" ]
04 Feb The Sibley Guide to Birds Second Edition - First Printing ["catherinediehlrobbins AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
4 Feb Available date to visit El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in Mexico in 2015 ["Georgia Conti antep12 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
04 Feb Spenard Crossing Cassin’s Finch ["gary_rasmussen2002 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
03 Feb Kenai Peninsula Snow Buntings ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
03 Feb Yakutat Tern Festival May 28-31 ["susan.oehlers AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
02 Feb Anchorage - Townsend's Solitaire at USFWS ["steve_scordino AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
1 Feb WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in Homer ["Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
01 Feb Townsend’s solitaire near the USFW building. ["gary_rasmussen2002 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
1 Feb Re: 2015 21st Edition of the Checklist of Alaska Birds ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
31 Jan Seward birding visit today 1/31/2015 ["ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net [AKBirding]" ]
31 Jan Re: 2015 21st Edition of the Checklist of Alaska Birds ["Bob Winckler winckler AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" ]
31 Jan 2015 21st Edition of the Checklist of Alaska Birds ["akbirder AT eagle.ptialaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
31 Jan Townsend's Solitaire ["pat AT pourchot.com [AKBirding]" ]
31 Jan Anchorage finches ["tim.stevenson80 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
31 Jan unsubscribe ["matthew jung mpjung5125 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
31 Jan Cassin's seen at Spenard Crossing location. ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
30 Jan Sharp-shinned Hawk Scores ["cmannix AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" ]
30 Jan Anchorage - Varied Thrush in USGS parking lot ["steve_scordino AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
30 Jan Male Cassian's Finch in Homer ["tkreiser AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
30 Jan Central Peninsula Highlights ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
28 Jan Northern Goshawk at Russian Jack Park (Anchorage) ["prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
28 Jan Anchorage Audubon Seward Winter Field Trip ["Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
27 Jan Kinglet still here! ["mossy seaside AT xyz.net [AKBirding]" ]
27 Jan Anchorage Purple Finch and Cassin's Finch present Monday ["prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
26 Jan Monday, January 26, 2015 Icicle Eagle and Fluffed up Robins ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
25 Jan Sunday, January 25, 2015 Seward Steller's Eider and Black-legged Kittiwakes ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]

Subject: Anchorage-- Both Purple and Cassin's Finches present
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:30:22 -0900
Both Purple and Cassin's Finches present near previously mentioned hanging
feeder. Cassin's Finch is singing.

Aaron Bowman
Subject: Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival: Kenai River Float Trip Registration Opens March 2!
From: "beranek_lisa AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Feb 2015 17:38:37 -0800
KENAI PENINSULA BIRDING FESTIVAL
 Float Trip Registration Opens March 2nd at 12pm!  

 

 The Kenai River trip has always been a very popular float for birders during 
the festival. Many years it has sold out in less than an hour. 

 

 May 14: Kenai River Drift Boat Trip
 The Kenai River flotilla will start at Skilak Lake and is limited to 5 drift 
boats. Each boat will include 1 oarsman, 1 local birding expert and 3 
participants. This is a 8-hour adventure with birding breaks and lunch. Enjoy 
the river and peninsula birds all day for $150/person. 


 

 Spots are limited and they go fast! 

 

 Registration
 
 To register, call Lisa at 907.260.5449, ext 1205 starting on March 2nd, 2015 
at 12pm, Alaska time. 

 

Subject: Feb spring?
From: "Kate McLaughlin mclenvironmental AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:28:20 +0000 (UTC)
It's been a gorgeous few days in western Prince William Sound.  Temps in the 
upper 30's, low 40's during the day, dropping to just below freezing at 
night.  A crocus bloomed in my flower bed today.  There are a lot of small 
herring in the bay now, Sawmill/Chenega Bay is covered in seabirds, and the 
trees are filled with singing songbirds.  


Clouds rolling in now.  Snow/slush in the weekend forecast.

COMMON MURRE - quite a few already in summer plumage
 MARBLED MURRELETRED-BREASTED MERGANZERPELAGIC CORMORANTMEW GULLGLAUCOUS WINGED 
GULL BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE BLACK SCOTERPACIFIC LOON 

BALD EAGLE - enjoying watching the adult birds show the yearlings how to grab 
fistfuls of small herring from the top of the water. 

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK - spotted being chased (for a change of pace) by a flock of 
vocal pine siskins. 


RED CROSSBILLWHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLPINE SISKIN - the trees are filled with 
large flocks of crossbills and siskins - such twitterings, zipper-calls and 
showers of spruce cones coming down. 


CHESTNUT BACKED CHICKADEEVARIED THRUSH - they sure think its spring -calling 
getting stronger and louder each day 

GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET - with the siskins so loud, could barely make out his 
call from deep in the spruce tree. 


BELTED KINGFISHER - so fun to see them choke down a herring as big as their own 
head. 

GREAT BLUE HERON - they are taking advantage of the herring schools being 
pushed towards the shoreline too.  Spotted several herons enjoying a bit of 
night fishing under the lovely half moon last night. 


BARROW'S GOLDENEYEHARLEQUIN DUCK  
MALLARDBUFFLEHEAD DUCK - lots of quacking and squeaking going on.  

STELLAR'S JAYBLACK-BILLED MAGPIE
CROW - so smart - following the sea lions down the beach, they are using the 
rocky shoreline to corral the herring against.  The herring in their attempt 
to flee the sea lions, fling themselves into the air and onto the low tide 
exposed, kelp covered rocks, where the crows are gleefully waiting. 


RAVEN - lazy bugger, chasing the crows to get them to drop their herring 
instead of grabbing some for himself off the rocks. 


DOWNY WOODPECKER- busy working my alder trees with sharp loud peeks!

SPRUCE GROUSE - my lab was very happy to point the birds out to me.

Happy Birding,
Kate

Kate McLaughlin 
McLaughlin Environmental ServicesPO Box 8043Chenega Bay, Alaska 
99574907/573-2006www.akenvironmentalservices.com  
Subject: COMMON MERGANSER
From: "Chuck ciliff2 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:34:08 -0900
EKLUTNA TAILRACE as I recall it was one of the first birds I saw there last 
spring 

Chuck Iliff 
Palmer

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Subject: Owls
From: "Jonah Linquist birderjonah1 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:46:21 -0800
Does anyone know of a good spot to see or hear owls on the kenai peninsula?

Jonah L
Subject: Anchorage Rock Sandpipers
From: "ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Feb 2015 15:16:52 -0800
300+ seen from the bluff at the Kinkaid Motocross park at 2pm.

Frank Clemens

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Subject: Anchorage Purple Finch - Singing
From: "Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:48:53 +0000 (UTC)
 The Purple Finch was singing enthusiastically this morning from the stand of 
spruces behind the hanging/suet feeder. 

-P
Subject: Valdez birding spots
From: "ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Feb 2015 15:59:44 -0800
Hi Birders, 
 

 I will be in Valdez for the day tomorrow on a work trip, but thankfully I only 
have to actually work for a couple hours in the morning and will have the rest 
of the day and a rental car to look around and go birding! I've never been to 
Valdez before and I was wondering if there were any suggestions out there for 
spots to go birding? Also, if any neat birds have been seen in the area I'd 
like to hear about that too! 

 

 Thanks, 
 

 Beth Norris
 Anchorage, AK
 ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net
Subject: More afflicted Pine Grosbeaks
From: "cmannix AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Feb 2015 13:56:40 -0800
I now have three afflicted male Pine Grosbeaks coming to my feeder. I have 
raked up the seed litter from around the feeder and shoveled new snow over the 
area. The following was posted on the Northern Susitna Birders Facebook page by 
a fellow who lives miles from me, so the scourge seems to be widespread. 

 Chris Mannix
 Talkeetna 
 

 Wade D. Hopkins 
https://www.facebook.com/n/?profile.php&id=580551882&aref=102289829&medium=email&mid=b583611G3bf7d55dG618d1a5G85G9feb&bcode=1.1424898276.AblL6vDZXxp2DZTb&n_m=cmannix%40mtaonline.net 
12:04pm Feb 25 I have two females that show up at my feeder every day that have 
been afflicted with, as best I could tell by my research, Scaly leg-mites. One 
such bird has it so badly she seems to struggle to stand up right. 

I found an interesting article the Alberta fish and game wrote about it, and 
the effects it has on the evening grosbeaks there.. 

 

 

 
 

Subject: Re: Scaly Leg (?) on Pine Grosbeak
From: "Elizabeth Norris ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:12:04 -0800
Hi Chris, 

I'm not sure if others have gotten back to you or not regarding your inquiry. I 
couldn't find any current research in wild birds but there was a 2005 blog 
entry from the Bird Teaching and Learning Center in Anchorage about an injured 
Pine Grosbeak they received which also was infected with scaly legs: 


http://birdtlc.blogspot.com/2005/03/besides-eagles.html 

Also, if you look on the USGS Alaska Science Center link regarding deformities 
in birds that the USGS is tracking they do list scaly leg and have a picture of 
a Black-capped chickadee with scaly leg: 



http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/landbirds/beak_deformity/description.html 


When I see birds at my feeder with deformed beaks I report them on that same 
USGS webpage, and I think you should report your sighted as a suspected scaly 
leg case in a Pine Grosbeak. You may also be able to contact them by phone at 
the numbers provided at the link below and ask one of the researcher about 
scaly legs in Alaska, which species it affects etc. 


http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/landbirds/beak_deformity/contact.html

If I were you I would certainly keep an eye out for any indication that scaly 
foot (or whatever the disease is that you observed) is spreading to other Pine 
Grosbeaks or other species. 


Interesting observation!

-Beth Norris
Anchorage, AK
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To: AKBirding AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015 10:59 AM
Subject: [AK Birding] Scaly Leg (?) on Pine Grosbeak
  


  
I had a male Pine Grosbeak at the feeder today that had whitish growths on both 
legs and a few on the beak. This is a new one to me. Does anyone know if this 
could be scaly leg? Or perhaps a fungus? 

I clean my feeder regularly, but with the low snowfall this year the 
accumulation of husks is pretty big. Anyone know what the risk of contagion 
might be? 

Chris Mannix
Talkeetna  
 
Subject: Spenard Crossing finches
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:15:54 -0500
Both finches were present, together, on the ground beneath the suet feeder this 
afternoon at about 2:40 and again at about 3:20. The creek is total open, and 
Common Mergansers (7) were there on the bank and then in the creek, and Common 
Goldeneyes (5) were down by the parking lot on Spenard. 


Lynn Barber
Anchorage
 

  
Subject: 5th Avenue Merlin
From: "BradMeiklejohn AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:46:12 -0900
On Feb 23rd a Merlin crossed 5th Avenue at Merrill Field, flying south. 

Brad Meiklejohn 
Eagle River, AK






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Subject: Scaly Leg (?) on Pine Grosbeak
From: "cmannix AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Feb 2015 11:59:22 -0800
I had a male Pine Grosbeak at the feeder today that had whitish growths on both 
legs and a few on the beak. This is a new one to me. Does anyone know if this 
could be scaly leg? Or perhaps a fungus? 

 I clean my feeder regularly, but with the low snowfall this year the 
accumulation of husks is pretty big. Anyone know what the risk of contagion 
might be? 

 Chris Mannix
 Talkeetna
Subject: finches-Anchorage
From: "davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 04:38:16 -0500
 
Sunday
The Purple and Cassin's Finches were  present about 330 PM  today.
Dave S
Subject: Saturday, February 21, 2015 Anchorage Audubon-Seward Field Trip
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Feb 2015 20:58:41 -0800
Seward, Alaska
  
 Sunrise 8:19 am, sunset 6:04 pm for a total day length of 9 hours and 44 
minutes. Tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 26 seconds longer. 

  
 Unseasonably warm weather continued for the annual Audubon field trip to 
Seward with temperatures in the low 40s, mostly calm, and frequent rain 
showers. There is no snow or ice on the ground anymore, and some lawns look 
almost ready to mow. Local lake ice, including the Lagoon, is soft with open 
areas. More rain is forecast for the next several days. 

  
 An estimated 40 birders, including some who drove all the way from Fairbanks 
(!), Girdwood, and mostly Anchorage converged on Seward from 10 am to 4 pm. 
Even with carpooling and consolidating cars, we created quite a stir wherever 
we went. Trapper Dan volunteered at one point to explain to a State Trooper 
exactly what was going on with all the cars parked along the road and people 
bristling with surveillance optics. Apparently the excuse of a NORTHERN SHRIKE 
and BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS satisfied him. 

  
 We started at the Seward Boat Harbor where BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, MEW GULLS, 
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS, COMMON GOLDENEYES, COMMON MURRES, and COMMON MERGANSERS 
dove for juvenile herring. A fine BELTED KINGFISHER flashed past on its own 
fishy mission. 

  
 A short walk south to the harbor Uplands produced MARBLED MURRELETS, more 
COMMON MURRES including a few in breeding plumage (very early for this), SURF 
SCOTERS, a COMMON LOON wrestling with a small but uncooperative flounder in the 
distance, PELAGIC CORMORANTS, BARROW’S GOLDENEYES, and HARLEQUIN DUCKS along 
the shore. 

  
 Next stop, the Lagoon, for the handsome male HOODED MERGANSER and a few COMMON 
GOLDENEYES in his wake. Across Dairy Hill Lane, we looked for the Rusty 
Blackbirds and a Dipper without success, but found DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, and a SONG SPARROW. Overflights of PIGEONS added 
another species, plus the usual RAVENS and NORTHWESTERN CROWS. 

  
 Then on to Ava’s Place where a quick stop at the intersection of Nash Road 
and Salmon Creek Road turned up the three surprises: the Trooper, the Shrike, 
and the Bohemian Waxwings. Ava’s produced the two PURPLE FINCH, PINE 
GROSBEAKS, PINE SISKINS, HAIRY and DOWNY WOODPECKERS, and RED-BREASTED 
NUTHATCHES. 

  
 The two parent snowy white TRUMPETER SWANS and their two surviving light gray 
cygnets stood on ice at the far end of the wetlands at mile 1 Nash Road, where 
four young ones hatched in June. Beautiful and tough birds! 

  
 Jonah and his mom scouted ahead and nailed down the KILLDEER at Afognak Beach, 
which was very cooperative and let everyone get good looks once located. For 
such a dramatic bird with two black necklaces on a white shirt and an orangish 
tail-light rump, it sure was hard to distinguish from the intertidal rocks 
where it dined on amphipods quite close to shore. 

 A pair of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS flew close enough to just about touch while 
others sang from the treetops. 

  
 Then off to mile 5 Nash Road to check the boat basin, ocean, and Spring Creek 
Beach. A BLACK SCOTER male swam with the raft of SURF SCOTERS; 3 LONG-TAILED 
DUCKS, HORNED GREBES among the rafts of sea ducks added to the species list. 
The Steller’s Eider had been spotted here at 9:30 am, but was not refound. 

  
 At this point, some of the group headed back to town to get lunch while others 
headed to Fourth of July Beach where another COMMON LOON dove not far off shore 
and surfaced, fish in bill. A small commercial fishing boat seemed to attract a 
lot of attention as two BALD EAGLES circled nearby; one swooped down and 
grabbed, then dropped a large fish. After repeated circles, first one then the 
other stroked back to shore to rest after a tremendous effort, their beaks open 
wide, panting. A short time later, an eagle did grab a fish and stroked off to 
the eastern shore to dine in private. More Kittiwakes and gulls flew about; 
Common Murres, Marbled Murrelets, Pelagic Comorants, Horned Grebes, and 
Harlequin Ducks paddled in the distance. 

  
 Caitlin at the Alaska Sealife Center provided a very amusing and educational 
Puffin Experience for the group featuring both a Tufted and Horned Puffin, and 
a Rhinocerous Auklet. One young Tufted Puffin stole the show by padding about 
on the carpet, checking things out, quite content in this alien environment. 
She finally had to be scooped up and placed back in her little kennel so we 
could go watch the seabirds in the habitat fly underwater for fish. 

  
 We did not add the handsome SMEW and his demure mate, the regal KING EIDER, or 
RED-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, but it was sure nice to see them and the other seabirds 
up so close. No scope needed here! Many thanks to the Alaska Sealife Center and 
staff for this wonderful program! 

  
 Next, we looked unsuccessfully for the Brambling in town, finding more Pine 
Siskins, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Chestnut-backed Chickadees. Then we headed out 
to Lowell Point Beach. Add MALLARDS, if not already seen, en route at the 
sewage lagoon. 

  
 A MARBLED MURRELET swam and dove just 5’ from shore, giving everyone great 
looks at a very special seabird, usually a little dot that disappears when 
spotted. A female BUFFLEHEAD added to the species list. A sprinkling of other 
birds swam farther out: Common Murres, Pelagic Cormorants, Barrow’s 
Goldeneyes. 

  
 This was the official end of the fabulous field trip and everyone headed out. 
As soon as the last car disappeared, I heard VARIED THRUSHES singing in the 
spruce trees and spotted a pair in the alders near the beach. We had looked all 
day for just one, and now they pipe up! I followed a squawking STELLER’S JAY 
to the dense hillside spruce to join several more that were making quite a 
racket. I followed the noise, but the boughs were so thick, I was unable to see 
them, much less what they were so upset about. An owl? A raptor? A squirrel? 

  
 The field trip ended for me at 10 pm when I heard the steady beeping of the 
SAW-WHET OWL on Bear Mountain, a delightful ending to a wonderful day. Thanks 
to Aaron Bowman for organizing and leading the trip, to all the participants 
for their interest and sharp eyes, and to the birds without which, life would 
be considerably less mysterious, magical, and fun. 

  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
  
 
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Subject: Alaska 200 Club 2014 Membership Update
From: "akbirder AT eagle.ptialaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Feb 2015 14:51:35 -0800
Greetings Alaska Birders,

 The 2014 update for the Alaska 200 Club membership roster is now updated and 
online at http://www.alaska200club.com http://www.alaska200club.com 

 The list is late in its posting this year as a large number of members were 
late in their submissions to me. 

As always I appreciate the effort of Daniel D. Gibson in informaing the members 
of changes to the Checklist of Alaska Birds, including Taxonomic changes, 
Status updates and other modifications to the Checklist. There is a link to the 
Checklist of Alaska Birds on the Alaska 200 Club webpage. 


 I look forward to receiving members submissions by 10 January 2016 for the 
2015 update. 


Sincerely,
Ed Clark
Administrator
Alaska 200 Club
 

Subject: Thayer's Gull
From: "geomatz AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Feb 2015 11:12:06 -0800
The other day, while walking past the Fishing Hole on the Homer Spit, I noticed 
what I casually thought was a Mew Gull sitting on the ice which seemed to be an 
attractive picture, So I concentrated on getting some good shots. I posted two 
shots under my name. 

  
 Today I looked at the photos on my computer and realized that the gull had a 
red spot on its beak and pink legs. It wasn’t a Mew Gull, but a Thayer’s 
Gull. Not only was I surprised by this but it appears to be in breeding 
plumage. Is this a bit early? Does anyone knows what plumage a Thayer’s Gull 
would be expected to be in at this time of the year? 

  
 I imagine the Thayer’s Gull is still around. It was by itself. So check out 
any lone gulls. 

  
 George

 

Subject: Both finches!
From: "'Russell, Ken' Ken_Russell AT fws.gov [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:23:43 -0900
Both finches were near the easternmost bench at 1 PM.

Thanks to all the Anchorage birders for their directions and advice.

Thanks,

Ken Russell
Fairbanks


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Subject: Homer
From: "David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:12:23 -0900
Nick and I had some interesting birds in Homer today
Chipping Sparrow with about 20 juncos near ocean Shores just below the Bidarka 
Inn 

3 N Shovelers Beluga Slough
White-throated Sparrow at Mossy's 
Dave S

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Subject: Northern Saw-whet Owl
From: "avocet AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Feb 2015 21:39:30 -0800
A northern Saw-whet Owl was heard calling from a spruce tree by my house. 
Hopefully it is enjoying the mice attracted to the bird feeder. 

 

 Tom Evans
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Subject: Finches?
From: "'Russell, Ken' Ken_Russell AT fws.gov [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:52:48 -0900
I will be in Anchorage on Friday with some time to look for the finches. If
anyone sees them would you please post the location.

Thanks,

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Subject: Northern Goshawk, Palmer Hay Flats
From: "BradMeiklejohn AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:17:10 -0900
An adult female Northern Goshawk was along Rabbit Slough in the Palmer Hay 
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Subject: Finches
From: "BradMeiklejohn AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:56:04 -0900
The two finches are still present at the location south of Spenard Crossing as 
of late morning February 17th. The birds were feeding on spruce cones above the 
trail. Also present was a flock of ~30 robins. 


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Subject: Re: Government Hill Chipping Sparrow (Anchorage)
From: "David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:57:14 -0900
I'm there now
Any further directions
Dave 
230-8338

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> On Feb 16, 2015, at 2:29 PM, brad benter bradbenter AT hotmail.com [AKBirding] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Chipping sparrow at corner of E. Cook and Boyd at at 2:30
> 
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>> On Feb 16, 2015, at 11:10 AM, prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding] 
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>> 
>>  
>> The Chipping Sparrow was out and about at 10 AM this morning along with 4 
White-crowned Sparrows in the vacant lot at the intersection of E. Manor Ave 
and Cunningham St. in Government Hill. There were no juncos with them. We 
stayed in the car and used it as a blind. The sparrows spent time in the trees 
above the Fleetwood Caribou camper shell and in the brush-filled bed of a white 
pickup truck in the vacant lot. 

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Subject: Re: Government Hill Chipping Sparrow (Anchorage)
From: "brad benter bradbenter AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:29:12 -0900
Chipping sparrow at corner of E. Cook and Boyd at at 2:30

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 16, 2015, at 11:10 AM, prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding] 
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> 
> The Chipping Sparrow was out and about at 10 AM this morning along with 4 
White-crowned Sparrows in the vacant lot at the intersection of E. Manor Ave 
and Cunningham St. in Government Hill. There were no juncos with them. We 
stayed in the car and used it as a blind. The sparrows spent time in the trees 
above the Fleetwood Caribou camper shell and in the brush-filled bed of a white 
pickup truck in the vacant lot. 

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Subject: Government Hill Chipping Sparrow (Anchorage)
From: "prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:10:17 -0900
The Chipping Sparrow was out and about at 10 AM this morning along with 4
White-crowned Sparrows in the vacant lot at the intersection of E. Manor Ave
and Cunningham St. in Government Hill.  There were no juncos with them.  We
stayed in the car and used it as a blind. The sparrows spent time in the
trees above the Fleetwood Caribou camper shell and in the brush-filled bed
of a white pickup truck in the vacant lot.  

 

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Subject: Government Hill Chipping Sparrow - a bit of an old report
From: "Stephanie Kesler skesler AT gci.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:14:30 +0000
All,

Im sorry I didnt get this posted earlier because its certainly out of date 
now, but Thursday morning at around 8:00 AM, I heard the chipping sparrow in 
the lilac trees at the Browns Point Park parking area. It was still darkish so 
I couldnt see him, but the call was very unmistakably the Chipping Sparrow. 
This location is a bit west of other areas on the Hill where the sparrow has 
been spotted. 


But I havent heard the sparrow since in that area (we live right across the 
street from Browns Point Park). Ill keep my ears peeled and if I hear or see 
him again, Ill post. 



Steph

Subject: Homer has singing Varied Thrush also
From: "'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:03:51 -0900
Concerning the Varied Thrush singing in Girdwood, we here in Homer have been 
hearing them also.  In the last few days there have been reports (5 seen and 
heard) from up on the bluff out on Skyline Dr. to the east and some heard at 
the top of West Hill Rd. The previous earliest report at the Skyline 
location was March 21st.

Earlier--very much earlier!--one was heard on our Christmas Bird Count (Dec. 
20th) in the Rochelle St.  area (a few miles out East End Rd.), which is 
down at a lower elevation. She stated that it was a tentative, not "serious" 
territorial song, but had continued for quite a while.  Then from the same 
yard on January 11th, she heard a definite territorial song repeated several 
times, loud and vigorous she said.

It has been a strange winter.  Varied Thrush are so obvious when they start 
to sing; maybe there are other signs we could be paying attention to also?




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Subject: Varied Thrush Singing in Girdwood
From: "scottie.thomas AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 10:02:02 -0800
I spent a few minutes listening to a Varied Thrush singing near my house. Had 
to convince myself it was really a Varied Thrush, but I'm confident it was. 
Also had an American Robin visit in mid-January. Strange winter! 
Subject: Robins on Anchorage
From: "davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 09:49:21 -0500
February 14 
Enric and I were looking (unsuccessfully) for the Chipping Sparrow on  
Government Hill yesterday when Enric noticed a large flock of robins at a great 

distance, perhaps 1/3 of a mile flying over Elmendorf in a generally NE  
direction. Has any one seen any other flocks of robins recently?
Dave  S.
Subject: Gray-crowned Rosy Finches
From: "Louann Feldmann ravenlinkarts AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:01:00 -0900
i spoke with someone this morning who lives in Eagle River Valley. He said
he saw a flock of GCRF of about thirty birds that hung around his area for
3 or 4 days a week or so ago. He hasn't seen that many in the past.
Louann Feldmann
Subject: Anchorage Purple and Cassin's
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:08:02 -0900
As of 11:30am both the Purple and Cassin's were seen together at or near
the hanging feeder set up near the East bench at the bend in the trail.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage
Subject: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Red Crossbills
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Feb 2015 22:51:07 -0800

 Seward, Alaska
  
 Sunrise 8:46 am, sunset 5:38 pm for a total day length of 8 hours and 51 
minutes. Tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 19 seconds longer. 

 Despite a gloomy forecast for snow turning to rain, the clouds took a little 
vacation today and let the warm sun roll unimpeded across a brilliant blue sky. 
The temp rose to a spring-like 41º that nullified the north wind’s feeble 
efforts. By late afternoon, the tiniest, token light rain fell for a few 
minutes, heralding the arrival of a dark load fresh from the Gulf of Alaska. 
Snow showers are back in the forecast, but we shall see! 

 I searched unsuccessfully for the phantom Killdeer and ended up enjoying a 
walk on the ocean bottom/tide flats at low tide. NW CROWS noisily rummaged 
through the scattered, exposed blue mussel beds, extracting delicacies for 
lunch. One crow flew quite high and dropped its mussel only to swoop after it 
and adroitly catch it midair, then powered back up and dropped it again in a 
fine game of drop and catch. Very entertaining, I imagine, except for the 
reclusive clam. 

 A female BALD EAGLE stood in a tidal stream up to her belly. We unfortunately 
interrupted her fishing or bathing and she soon flew over to shore to join her 
smaller mate at the top of a spruce tree. It was amazing to watch her 
delicately preen her feathers with that massive, bone-crunching yellow beak. 

 In the distance, I spotted a flock of about 30 SNOW BUNTINGS flitting here and 
there, searching for grit and maybe grub. No luck spotting the small flock of 
DUNLINS which were seen on Sunday, or the ROCK SANDPIPERS. 

 I hated to leave, but one can’t argue with an incoming tide reclaiming its 
bed. So I checked out Spring Creek Beach from North Dock. 

 The STELLER’S EIDER and the female GREATER SCAUP were there with the usual 
HARLEQUIN DUCKS, BARROW’S GOLDENEYES, SURF SCOTERS, COMMON MERGANSERS, HORNED 
GREBES, PELAGIC CORMORANTS, MARBLED MURRELETS, a few BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 
MEW GULLS, and GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS. The seafood processing plant was not 
operating today, so the seabird and gull numbers are way down. 

 While scanning for seabirds, I heard some crossbills approach and saw them 
land in a nearby alder thicket. I slowly strolled over to find four RED 
CROSSBILLS! These are quite uncommon in the area compared to the abundant 
White-winged Crossbills. 

 Two greenish females obliged my curiosity by flying down to a rusty stack of 
pipes where they pried and poked at old barnacles with their phenomenal crossed 
bills. The two tropically-hued males watched from a cottonwood and one actually 
tried to drive the other away. Too soon, they regrouped and dashed off. Quite 
the treat! 

 Glassing the bay again, I spotted the characteristic rooster tails of 10-20 
Dall’s porpoises as they surged after fish. There were many pods of these 
speedsters all down the bay. Even in the distance by Fox Island, the showy 
white spray was easy to spot, illuminated by the sun. 

 Tonight, I will listen for the steadfast beeping of the SAW-WHET OWL that has 
been calling the last several nights. Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day 
approaches! 

  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
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Subject: Beached Bird Survey Training Session at the AK Forum on the Env
From: "ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Feb 2015 18:20:43 -0800
Hi Birders, 
 

 For anyone attending the Alaska Forum on the Environment this week there is an 
interesting citizen science project presentation/training on Friday from 
8am-2pm that is bird related: 

 

 I might attend this presentation but I think I travel for work too much to 
sign up as a volunteer. Just an FYI :) 

 8:00 AM  -  2:00 PM Beached Bird Training By COASST
 Help make a difference for the environment by collecting data for the Coastal 
Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). COASST is a citizen science 
project dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high quality 
data on the status of coastal beaches, and trends of seabirds. Our goal is to 
assist government agencies and other organizations in making informed 
management and conservation decisions, and promote proactive citizen 
involvement and action. COASST volunteers systematically count and identify 
bird carcasses that wash ashore along ocean beaches from northern California to 
Alaska. Volunteers need NO experience with birds, just a commitment to survey a 
specific beach (about 3/4 mile) each month. 

 Presenters: Alaska Forum on the Environment, 2015 
http://www.cvent.com/events/alaska-forum-on-the-environment-2015/agenda-34c2fbabb65d4efbb05720583d0f6073.aspx# 

 
 
http://www.cvent.com/events/alaska-forum-on-the-environment-2015/agenda-34c2fbabb65d4efbb05720583d0f6073.aspx# 

 
 Alaska Forum on the Environment, 2015 
http://www.cvent.com/events/alaska-forum-on-the-environment-2015/agenda-34c2fbabb65d4efbb05720583d0f6073.aspx# 
Alaska Forum on the Environment, 2015. Online registration by Cvent 

 
 
 
 View on www.cvent.com 
http://www.cvent.com/events/alaska-forum-on-the-environment-2015/agenda-34c2fbabb65d4efbb05720583d0f6073.aspx# 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  

 

 -Beth Norris
 Anchorage
 ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net
Subject: RE: Wind and ravens
From: "Falk Huettmann fhuettmann AT alaska.edu [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 14:26:09 -0900
Dear Anthony et al.,



Thanks so much.



This is an interesting feature and observation; I find.



Considering evolution and its strong pressures, birds/animals are not
really to play around…



But with Ravens, PLAY BEHAVIOUR clearly was observed, e.g. sledding on
their back,

and flying loopings.

Whereas, other songbirds were not really described to show that (yet, e.g.
think of your average House Sparrow or Pine Siskin).



Ravens also have individual CULTURE (like monkeys or humans have). So I
would love to learn more about those things

and if you could document them (I would be grateful to look at those things
and to see and to learn).

The ravens in Fairbanks for instance really like parking lots, pecking from
pick-up trucks once the driver left, as well as the new UA Museum ‘cliff
site’ (a new culture here...).



Thanks again; please keep us posted



    Falk Huettmann



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Behalf Of *anthony newcomer onekoolkid0 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]
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*Subject:* [AK Birding] Wind and ravens





Anchorage is experience strong 💪 north winds.  During winds like this I am
always fascinated by the hearty ravens.  They come out en mass and appear
to enjoy the "wind surfing" activities and to display there acrobatic
abilities.  These northern birds are greatly adapted to life in the frigid
world.  It made my Friday to see this.  If you get the chance please spend
a few moment and brave the wind and watch.

Anthony

Subject: Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches
From: "Louann Feldmann ravenlinkarts AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:34:34 -0900
I went up to the area this AM that Aaron reported yesterday, but forgetting
the exact location he had reported for the finches I stopped and stood
outside my car at Norway and Finland at 1015.  I had an 1100 AM appt., so
figured I had about 25 minutes.  At 22 minutes a large (45 give or take 5)
flock of birds flew overhead and began circling.  The few calls I heard
sounded like GCRF and the wings and tail seemed relatively long, but I
wasn't willing to completely trust those observations.  Then a few landed
for only a moment in the deciduous tree across the street from where I was
standing, then all flew down to the deck of the house next to the tree.
What a surprise, because then I could clearly see their gray heads and pink
on their bellies and wings.  I wonder if someone in that house is
scattering seeds.  They stayed foraging for a few seconds before they got
spooked by something, probably me since I was so close, and flew off.  Made
my morning!  And I made my appointment!  Louann Feldmann
Subject: Aaron Bowman's Anchorage Big Year
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:49:20 -0500
 
If you missed hearing Aaron's January talk on the big year that he did in 
Anchorage in 2014, you can still see a summary in today's blog post on the 
American Birding Association blog. Go to: 

http://blog.aba.org/
 
Lynn Barber
Anchorage
  
Subject: Red crossbill
From: "Jonah Linquist birderjonah1 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 01:01:26 +0000 (UTC)
I saw two Red Crossbills today at Afognak beach down Nash rd. in Seward. They 
were both females with a flock of Pine Siskins. Also saw the Killdeer at the 
same location on Saturday. 

Jonah Lindquist
Subject: a seven finch day
From: "Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:49:37 -0900
Yesterday, Enric and I hit a couple spots in the morning and early 
afternoon.
A quick check at the PURPLE and CASSIN'S FINCH location produced both of 
them and a RUSTY BLACBIRD near by at the seep below the mayday trees.
Acting on an eBird tip we headed to the Potter Creek neighborhood and 
pulled off the road at Italy Cir and Finland Ct. After about 20 min of 
scanning spruce tops and watching finches fly overhead, we saw 12 
GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCHES fly overhead, plenty of PINE SISKINS and PINE 
GROSBEAKS, and a few COMMON REDPOLLS and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS.
Adding the two rare finches above, it turned out to be a seven finch 
day. Quite possibly the best I have ever done in one day finch wise!

One of our final stops was the Kincaid Motorcross. The cold north wind 
in the open area was difficult, but we managed to stay long enough at 
the bluff edge to spot about 150 ROCK SANDPIPERS feeding in a ice floe 
rimed tidal pool just SW of the MX, a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE flying past 
below us, and a SNOW BUNTING vocalize unseen, somewhere below.

Aaron Bowman









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Subject: Chipping Sparrow
From: "davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 17:47:28 -0500
I'm having trouble finding the bird on government Hill and would appreciate 
 updates. A Street Address might help if it's feeding in someone's yard.
Dave S
Subject: February 7, 2015 Mystery Diving Duck update
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Feb 2015 23:32:59 -0800
Seward, Alaska
  
 Thanks to Tasha for gathering this information:
 A few more opinions have ruled out Tufted Duck which has white on the 
secondaries all the way out to the tip of the primaries. In both TUDU and 
Ring-necked Ducks the bill is black-tipped as in “dipped in ink” that 
totally obscures the outline of the moderately sized nail. Greater Scaup have 
large nails. 

  
 The amount of white in the secondaries and lack in the primaries suggests a 
LESSER SCAUP, as does the small black nail on the bill tip. The head shape and 
body size are not typical for any of the four Aythya species mentioned above; 
possibly it is delayed in development or compromised by a heavy parasite load 
or something similar. It is most likely a juvenile male with the possibility 
that it could be a Lesser X Greater hybrid. 

  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 

Subject: Finches & Rusty Blackbird, SE of Spenard Crossing.
From: "gary_rasmussen2002 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Feb 2015 22:50:34 -0800
Saturday afternoon the Rusty Black was feeding, at the open water seep. After I 
spending quite a while, photographing the Blackbird, both Finches showed up 
together. I watched them for about ten minutes, they were moving a lot, but 
stayed closed to each other, all of the time. It appears they have paired off. 

 Gary Rasmussen
 
 Anchorage
 

Subject: Re: Government Hill Chipping Sparrow (Anchorage)
From: "Hannah Frenier hannahfrenier AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 07:19:46 -0900
On Thursday afternoon, friend and I were birding on the trail across the road 
from Eastchester lagoon. We saw both finches, some BC chickadees a robin and a 
Rusty Blackbird in the same area. The blackbird was on the ground around the 
small open-water “seep”in the brush about 20 feet to the right of the 
feeder. 

Subject: Government Hill Chipping Sparrow (Anchorage)
From: "prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 13:05:18 -0900
The Chipping Sparrow,  an adult and an immature White-crowned Sparrow were
foraging together at base of bushes along the roadside near the intersection

of E. Manor Ave and Cunningham St. in Government Hill this morning.  There
were no juncos with them this time.   The Chipping Sparrow has been
previously reported at this location 11/9 and 1/25 on AKBirding.

 

Dick Prentki

Prentki AT acsalaska.net

Anchorage



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Subject: Wind and ravens
From: "anthony newcomer onekoolkid0 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:23:59 -0900
Anchorage is experience strong 💪 north winds. During winds like this I am 
always fascinated by the hearty ravens. They come out en mass and appear to 
enjoy the "wind surfing" activities and to display there acrobatic abilities. 
These northern birds are greatly adapted to life in the frigid world. It made 
my Friday to see this. If you get the chance please spend a few moment and 
brave the wind and watch. 


Anthony
Subject: Thursday, February 5, 2015 Mystery diving duck
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Feb 2015 23:30:10 -0800
Seward, Alaska
  
 BRRRRR! The northwest wind kicked into high gear today, a steady 19 mph with 
frequent gusts from 30 to 45 mph, but it seemed like the blasts were much 
stronger than that at times. The bay boiled with whitecaps and anything that 
was not secured ended up in the mix. I’m glad I was able to get photos 
yesterday as it was much too windy at SMIC today. 

  
 The excitement began on Monday when Tasha spotted an odd duck swimming and 
diving in the melee of 1000+ gulls and kittiwakes at SMIC, feasting on the 
chopped up fish slurry from the seafood processor. The light was terrible and 
the birds were far, but she knew it was not a female SURF SCOTER, or a GREATER 
SCAUP, three of which had just shown up. 

  
 I was able to get photos of a hen and drake GREATER SCAUP with the mystery 
duck on Wednesday when they were much closer and in good light. 

 Tasha sent the photos around and got some very interesting opinions:
  
 “Biologist: I would go with a female Ring-necked Duck x Scaup hybrid. The 
bird seems to display some Ring-necked Duck characteristics (ring on neck and 
faintly on bill and a slightly trapezoidal head) and muted Scaup 
characteristics (smaller white patch at base of bill). However, if it was a 
hybrid I would have predicted that the trailing white on the wings would have 
been a little more gray, like it is in Ring-necked, but this white is pretty 
bright in the wing stretch photo. Anyways, a hybrid of some form would be my 
guess.” 

  
 “Waterfowl Breeder 1: Very strange, I have never seen a duck so 
asymmetrically Scaup on one side and Tufted Duck on the other. It’s not 
scientific but one way I tell Tufted from Scaup is that they always have an 
angry look to them. Tufted hens look almost identical to pure-bred hens. 
Another thing to note is that hens never lose the white at the base of the bill 
while the males kind of outgrow it. In the photos the bill looks different on 
each side. Maybe, it could be a late hatch year bird since the plumage isn’t 
right?” 

  
 “Waterfowl Breeder 2: Overall shape and bill is very Scaup-like, though this 
particular bird is very young looking for this time of year. Tufted Ducks are a 
lot smaller than Greater Scaup - I think of them as the Eurasian equivalent of 
Ring-necked Duck.” 

  
 “Aaron B: This is a pretty tough ID to pin on one thing, I agree with you!
 Just looking at the photos I would think Lesser Scaup or Tufted Duck.
 One general characteristic of hen Tufted Ducks as opposed to the Lesser Scaup 
is the more obvious contrast between a dark back (wings) and lighter side. I 
think of the Tufted Duck head as having a more horizontally elongated circle 
and the Lesser Scaup being more vertically elongated. 

 Is there any sign of a tuft or rough feathers on the back of the head? This 
should be lower down the back of the head than the top "tuft" of a Lesser Scaup 
adding to the Tufted Duck's more wide instead of tall look. I suppose some 
birds may not show any, but this is usually behavioral. The deep brown back 
coloration looks good, did you notice a clear distinction in the back and side 
coloration? But I agree, it keeps my interest!” 

 

 Any other opinions? I'll post updates if Tasha or I get any. Thanks too to 
Sadie U and Robin C for their help tracking this bird. 

  
 A Tufted Duck would certainly be a first for Seward, but this little sea duck, 
however tantalizing, does not seem to be one. He identity remains a mystery to 
us humans, but we will be better prepared should a rare Tufted Duck ever 
appear. And why not? He could join the STELLER’S EIDER. 

  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 For photos, please visit my blog at < http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com/>
 
  
Subject: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 Fabulous winter birding
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Feb 2015 22:28:22 -0800
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 Fabulous winter birding
 Seward, Alaska
  
 Sunrise 9:04 am, sunset 5:19 pm for a total day length of 8 hours 14 minutes. 
Tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 9 seconds longer. 99% full moon! 

  
 Another spectacular sunny winter day, made even brighter by the reflected 
light off the scant, crusty snow. Temps in the 20s, north wind calm at midday, 
but picked up again by midafternoon to 17 mph. 

  
 Shirley B rode the Tustumena ferry from Kodiak on Tuesday and drove directly 
to Ava’s Place in Seward. She watched for the PURPLE FINCH most of the 
afternoon without any luck, but with all the birds it was very enjoyable. 

  
 The PINE GROSBEAKS surged in and out, as if fleeing for their lives every few 
minutes. Something really has them spooked. I learned not to park too close as 
one flew right into my open car window on Monday and hit the inside of the 
windshield hard enough to hurt. I held the stunned bird, keeping her warm, for 
about 15 minutes as she gradually regained her senses. I was so relieved when 
she flew from my opened palm to the nearest cottonwood. 

  
 It seemed that every time the Grosbeaks returned, they brought another species 
with them. One wave brought my First of Year COMMON REDPOLL; they are very 
scarce so far this year. Another wave delivered a female WHITE-WINGED 
CROSSBILL, a species more likely to be foraging high in the spruce spires for 
cones with its buddies. Next, four AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS popped in, and then 
two GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS. 

  
 The usual PINE SISKINS, PINE GROSBEAKS, DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKERS, 
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES provided interest and 
entertainment as we watched and waited until the light faded and it was time to 
leave. 

  
 This morning, Shirley found the PURPLE FINCH around 9:30 am, just as it got 
light enough to see clearly, and was elated! Congratulations, Shirley! The 
VARIED THRUSH started singing in my neighborhood about the same time, crazy 
bird. Just before noon, Robin C relocated the KILLDEER briefly at Afognak Beach 
before it flew off around the point. Tasha and Sadie puzzled over an odd sea 
duck hanging out with a GREATER SCAUP drake and hen at Spring Creek Beach. The 
STELLER’S EIDER preened on shore, then paddled near a raft of stunning 
BARROW’S GOLDENEYES. 

  
 The seafood processing plant must have tapered off as instead of the recent 
blizzard of 2,000 crying, swirling MEW, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS, a few HERRING 
GULLS, and many BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, only a 100 or so lingered out in 
front. Four LONG-TAILED DUCKS, a few COMMON MURRES, HARLEQUIN DUCKS, HORNED 
GREBES, PELAGIC CORMORANTS, COMMON MERGANSERS and a small raft of SURF SCOTERS 
dove for pollock slurry and small bait fish. 

  
 A pod of 3 Steller’s Sea Lions surged into the boat basin; so cool to hear 
(and see) their explosive exhales and sharp inhales. A MARBLED MURRELET paddled 
quietly in the basin, all alone. Out in the bay, plumes of white spray marked 
the exuberant passage of Dall’s Porpoises playing in the white caps. 

  
 All in all, fabulous days for birding!
  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 For photos, please visit my blog at 
 
  
 

Subject: Varied Thrush Photo Anchorage
From: "G W spinscan AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 03:28:53 +0000 (UTC)
 Posted a Varied Thrush photo taken today at Round Tree Dr. Anchorage by friend 
and budding photographer T. Anthony in album (gayland Wohlgemuth). 

G wohlgemuth
Subject: Varied thrush Anchorage
From: "spinscan spinscan AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:41:35 -0900
Today Feb 5 have had a varied thrush here at Round Tree Dr. a couple times at 
our feeders being harassed by the Pine Grosbeaks. 


G wohlgemuth

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Subject: Re: The Sibley Guide to Birds Second Edition - First Printing
From: "'Dave DeLap' dfdel AT msn.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:40:50 -0900
I called the 1-800 number and they said that they do not make this offer and if 
I want a new copy it will cost. 

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 Subject: [AK Birding] The Sibley Guide to Birds Second Edition - First 
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Subject: The Sibley Guide to Birds Second Edition - First Printing
From: "catherinediehlrobbins AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Feb 2015 22:15:04 -0800
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published, only to be disappointed by the color reproduction and type 
readability. The publisher, Knopf (a division of Random House), is offering a 
free replacement with the much improved second printing. 

 

 If you bought the 1st printing of Sibleys 2nd edition, Random House will send 
you the vastly improved 2nd printing if you call them at (800) 793-2665. I did 
call today. The customer representative took down my name, address and where I 
purchased my copy (pre-ordered on Amazon) issued me a confirmation number and 
said I should be receiving my new and improved copy in about 10 days no cost! 


 Saw this posted on-line: Heres some great news for anyone who bought
 the second edition of The Sibley Guide when it was first published, only
 to be disappointed by color reproduction and type readability (more
 details in my Initial Review). The publisher, Knopf (a division of Random
 House), is offering a free replacement with the much improved second
 printing:
 
 If you bought the 1st printing of Sibleys 2d edition, Random House
 will send you the vastly improved 2d printing if you call them at (800)
 793-2665. The 2d printing features readable type and improved color
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 the second edition of The Sibley Guide when it was first published, only
 to be disappointed by color reproduction and type readability (more
 details in my Initial Review). The publisher, Knopf (a division of Random
 House), is offering a free replacement with the much improved second
 printing:
 
 If you bought the 1st printing of Sibleys 2d edition, Random House
 will send you the vastly improved 2d printing if you call them at (800)
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 House), is offering a free replacement with the much improved second
 printing:
 
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 House), is offering a free replacement with the much improved second
 printing:
 
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 will send you the vastly improved 2d printing if you call them at (800)
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Subject: Available date to visit El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in Mexico in 2015
From: "Georgia Conti antep12 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 19:47:36 -0600
In case any birders up north want a change of scenery, you might consider a
trip to El Triumfo and Chiapas in southern Mexico.  I have not personally
done this trip and will be birding in Florida during this time or I'd be on
this trip, a bucket list bird trip for me.  I hear it's exceptional.

Georgia Conti

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: claudiaeugeniavirgen AT yahoo.com.mx



Dear friends,

I wish you the best for this 2015.  We are about to start our visitation
season for 2015. I hope we have the opportunity to have you or some of your
friends, colleagues or any other people you may know here at El Triunfo and
Chiapas (Mexico) this spring. We will be happy to show you the amazing
things the cloud forest at El Triunfo  can show us.

We are organizing a tour to El Triunfo with the following itinerary and
dates:

*Dates: April 6-10*

*Itinerary:*

April 6: This will be a long day leaving early in the morning your Hotel
 (5:45 a.m.)  and going directly to Jaltenango where you will stop to
refresh and change the vehicle to continue the ride to Finca Prusia where
the trek will start. Night at El Triunfo.

April 7, 8 and 9: At the heart of El Triunfo, trekking around some trails
you will look for Resplendent quetzal, Horned Guan and all the set of
specialities at El Triunfo.

April 10. Coming back to Jaltenango and then to Tuxtla Gutiérrez.

We are offering a post El Triunfo tour, 2 more days visiting surrounding
areas of Tuxtla Gutiérrez and San Cristóbal, with extra cost. Interested
people please contact me for more details.

For  both trips El Triunfo tour and the post tour we will need to have a
minimum group of 8 people.  Please feel free to share this information with
your friends, colleagues, family that could potentially be interested to
come to Chiapas and El Triunfo. Thanks in advance for that.

You can see more infer about a typical El Triunfo tour at
http://www.ecobiosfera.org.mx/#!sustainable-tourism/ckqh

I hope to see you this season visiting and discovering with us the great
experience to visit the incredible cloud forest at El Triunfo and all the
beauty of Chiapas.

If you are interested, please write us at: cvirgen AT ecobiosfera.org.mx

Sincerely


Claudia Virgen

&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

What we include at our tour:

Ground transportation (A/A) Tuxtla-Jaltenango-Tuxtla  and
Jaltenango-Prusia-Jaltenango ( in a truck commonly used for local
transportation in the area)
Meals during all the tour starting with box lunch April 6 and ending with
lunch at April 10
Mules and horsemen to carry food and luggage during the tour
Lodging at El Triunfo base campsite
Bilingual guides with high experience on birds and natural history of the
area,  and other supporting staff.
Entrance fees to El Triunfo
Accident Insurance during the tour

*Do not include:*

Air fee or another transportation fee different from described above.
Hotel at Tuxtla Guiterrez
Meals other than described above
Alcoholic beverages
any other personal expenses

 
Subject: Spenard Crossing Cassin’s Finch
From: "gary_rasmussen2002 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Feb 2015 17:44:22 -0800
Update, 2/4/2015, on the Cassin’s Finch, which has been seen often along the 
path SE of Spenard Crossing. I found it at 2:45 PM, eating Birch tree seeds, 
high in the top of a Birch tree. The tree was near the East end of the path, 
next to the fence. 

 Gary Rasmussen
 
 Anchorage
 

Subject: Kenai Peninsula Snow Buntings
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Feb 2015 17:53:30 -0800
We found the flock of 300 SNOW BUNTINGS out on the Kenai Flats off of Cannery 
Road on Sunday. The flock was extremely flighty, only providing brief looks 
before flying half a mile away, foraging, and then returning again only to 
provide more tantalizingly brief encounters. In the course of two hours and 
several repetitions of that frustrating pattern we were unable to detect any 
McKay's Buntings though we can not say unequivocally that we viewed every bird 
well. If there were any in that flock we would be floored if there were more 
than one or two. 

  
 We also worked the Homer Spit flock of Snow Buntings in late December and late 
January. Both times the flock numbered about 70-75 birds and despite being very 
cooperative, allowing for very thorough examinations, no McKay's Buntings were 
detected at those times. During the late December observation 200 GRAY-CROWNED 
ROSY-FINCHES joined the bunting flock. 

 
 Toby and Laura Burke
 Kenai, AK

  
Subject: Yakutat Tern Festival May 28-31
From: "susan.oehlers AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Feb 2015 17:32:03 -0800
 Mark your calendars!  
 The Fifth Annual Yakutat Tern Festival is scheduled for May 28-31, 2015. The 
festival is a celebration of the natural and cultural resources of Yakutat, 
Alaska. The festival is family friendly and offers activities for birders as 
well as non-birders, including field trips, seminars, kid’s activities, 
evening banquets and other programs, bird banding demonstration, and an art 
exhibit. This year's keynote speaker is John Marzluff, Professor of Wildlife 
Science at the University of Washington, and author of five books including; In 
the Company of Crows and Ravens, Dog Days, Raven Nights, and most recently 
Welcome to Subirdia. Please see www.yakutatternfestival.org, visit us on 
Facebook, or call (907) 784-3359 for more information. 

 
Subject: Anchorage - Townsend's Solitaire at USFWS
From: "steve_scordino AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Feb 2015 14:09:51 -0800
Fifth try was the charm. Gary had great advice about just going to the front of 
the building. I didn't see it go to the ash, but saw it take off from the birch 
to the right of the ash at the entrance of the building. It went to the south 
side of the parking lot and even went into the eaves the building to the south 
of the parking lot. 

 

 As I was leaving, I also heard it singing. It is a quiet voice, so crunching 
in the snow would make it impossible to hear. I don't think I would hear it 
over a car running either. 

 

 For a cell phone picture, see https://flic.kr/p/qKmQm9 
https://flic.kr/p/qKmQm9 
Subject: WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in Homer
From: "Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:49:59 -0900
Dale Chorman found a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at his feeder near Homer
yesterday (1/31). The bird returned today with 5 Golden-crowned Sparrows
and an American Robin.

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: Townsend’s solitaire near the USFW building.
From: "gary_rasmussen2002 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Feb 2015 20:49:52 -0800
Today was the seventh time I tried to find the Townsend’s solitaire near the 
USFW building. Today, it flew into a Mt. Ash tree, next to the main front, on 
the west side of the building. It stayed just long enough eat a few Mt. Ash 
berries, before flying off. I was busy shooting pictures for the few minutes it 
ate lunch. I have posted some in the photo section, of AKBird. 

 

 I would advise anyone wanting to see the Townsend’s solitaire, to take up a 
position to watch the Mt. Ash tree next to the front door. 

 

 Gary Rasmussen
 
 Anchorage
 

Subject: Re: 2015 21st Edition of the Checklist of Alaska Birds
From: "davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:09:14 -0500
Bob, Ed, et al.-They're still showing the 2014 list. Am I doing something  
wrong?
Dave S.
 
 
In a message dated 1/31/2015 7:18:52 P.M. Alaskan Standard Time,  
AKBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
Thanks Ed!  And for those of you that are interested, the AOU has  finally 
published their Checklist of North and Middle American Birds, updated  
through the 7th Edition, 55th Supplement.  The is the first AOU Checklist  in 
some time that also includes subspecies. The checklist has jumped from 89  
pages in 2013 to 219 pages in 2015. You can access the AOU’s latest checklist 

at .  
Cheers,
Bob Winckler
Mat-Su Birders

On Jan 31, 2015, at 6:36 PM, _akbirder AT eagle.ptialaska.net_ 
(mailto:akbirder AT eagle.ptialaska.net) [AKBirding] 
<_AKBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com_ 

(mailto:AKBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com) >  wrote:


 
 
 
 
Greetings Alaska Birders,

The 21st Edition of the Checklist of Alaska Birds has been posted on the  
University of Alaska's Museum of the North's Ornithological Web Page. The URL 
 is_www.universityofalaskamuseumbirds.org/products/checklist/pdf_ 
(http://www.universityofalaskamuseumbirds.org/products/checklist/pdf) 
This  checklist is the only one that I am aware of that is updated annually 
by the  Alaska Checklist Committee. The Checklist is now at 505 naturally 
occurring  species of birds on the substantiated list, and 24 species or 
species pairs on  the unsubstantiated list. This list represents the Alaska 
statewide status of  birds and is the list that we use for membership and 
updates to the Alaska 200 Club. All serious students of Alaska Birds should be 

familiar with this list  as a baseline reference for our avifaunal 
representation of Alaska  Birds.

Sincerely,
Ed Clark
Administrator
Alaska 200  Club














Subject: Seward birding visit today 1/31/2015
From: "ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Jan 2015 21:14:19 -0800
Hi Birders, 
 

 What a beautiful day we had today! Bob Moser and I headed to Seward for the 
day and we weren't disappointed with the birding or the weather! We got a total 
of 44 species in Seward + 1 at Tern Lake for a total of 45 species for the day! 
Yeah! I got 2 lifers, the Steller's Eider and Yellow-billed Loon! We also saw 
several seals and sea lions :) 

 Common Raven
 North-west Crow
 Black-billed Magpie
 Steller's Jay
 Gray Jay
 American Dipper (2 seen at Tern Lake)
 Bald Eagle
 American Robin
 Varied Thrush
 Rock Dove
 White-winged Crossbills
 Pine Grosbeaks
 Pine Siskins
 Purple Finch
 American Tree Sparrow
 Fox Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile)
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Black-capped Chickadee
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Downy Woodpecker
 Hairy Woodpecker
 Belted Kingfisher
 Mallard
 Common Goldeneye
 Barrow's Goldeneye
 Bufflehead
 Long-tailed Duck
 Surf Scoter
 Black Scoter
 Hooded Merganser
 Common Merganser 
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Horned Grebe
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Yellow-billed Loon 
 Steller's Eider 
 Harlequin Duck
 Marbled Murrelet
 Kittlitz's Murrelet
 Common Murre
 Mew Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 

 Happy Birding!!
 

 Beth Norris
 ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net
 Anchorage
Subject: Re: 2015 21st Edition of the Checklist of Alaska Birds
From: "Bob Winckler winckler AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:18:34 -0900
Thanks Ed! And for those of you that are interested, the AOU has finally 
published their Checklist of North and Middle American Birds, updated through 
the 7th Edition, 55th Supplement. The is the first AOU Checklist in some time 
that also includes subspecies. The checklist has jumped from 89 pages in 2013 
to 219 pages in 2015. You can access the AOUs latest checklist at 
. 

Cheers,
Bob Winckler
Mat-Su Birders
On Jan 31, 2015, at 6:36 PM, akbirder AT eagle.ptialaska.net [AKBirding] 
 wrote: 


Greetings Alaska Birders,

 The 21st Edition of the Checklist of Alaska Birds has been posted on the 
University of Alaska's Museum of the North's Ornithological Web Page. The URL 
iswww.universityofalaskamuseumbirds.org/products/checklist/pdf 

This checklist is the only one that I am aware of that is updated annually by 
the Alaska Checklist Committee. The Checklist is now at 505 naturally occurring 
species of birds on the substantiated list, and 24 species or species pairs on 
the unsubstantiated list. This list represents the Alaska statewide status of 
birds and is the list that we use for membership and updates to the Alaska 200 
Club. All serious students of Alaska Birds should be familiar with this list as 
a baseline reference for our avifaunal representation of Alaska Birds. 


Sincerely,
Ed Clark
Administrator
Alaska 200 Club





Subject: 2015 21st Edition of the Checklist of Alaska Birds
From: "akbirder AT eagle.ptialaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Jan 2015 19:36:13 -0800
Greetings Alaska Birders,

 The 21st Edition of the Checklist of Alaska Birds has been posted on the 
University of Alaska's Museum of the North's Ornithological Web Page. The URL 
is www.universityofalaskamuseumbirds.org/products/checklist/pdf 
http://www.universityofalaskamuseumbirds.org/products/checklist/pdf 

This checklist is the only one that I am aware of that is updated annually by 
the Alaska Checklist Committee. The Checklist is now at 505 naturally occurring 
species of birds on the substantiated list, and 24 species or species pairs on 
the unsubstantiated list. This list represents the Alaska statewide status of 
birds and is the list that we use for membership and updates to the Alaska 200 
Club. All serious students of Alaska Birds should be familiar with this list as 
a baseline reference for our avifaunal representation of Alaska Birds. 


Sincerely,
Ed Clark
Administrator
Alaska 200 Club
 

Subject: Townsend's Solitaire
From: "pat AT pourchot.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Jan 2015 17:13:03 -0800
Continuing bird today 3 pm in its favorite mt. ash in front of Fish and 
Wildlife Service building, near Old Seward and Tudor. 

 Pat Pourchot
 Anchorage.
Subject: Anchorage finches
From: "tim.stevenson80 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Jan 2015 13:45:52 -0800
Both finches are currently present in a birch tree above the middle bench on 
the nature trail. Feeding on cones. 


Tim

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Subject: Cassin's seen at Spenard Crossing location.
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:01:24 -0900
Just wanted to say that I saw the Cassin's Finch from the nature trail just
E of Spenard crossing yesterday at avout 3:00 pm. It was on a feeder on top
of a wood pile next to a tree house.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage
Subject: Sharp-shinned Hawk Scores
From: "cmannix AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Jan 2015 19:24:57 -0800
Twice. A Black-capped Chickadee and a Pine Grosbeak went down the hatch at the 
feeder today. 

 Barbara Mannix
 Talkeetna
Subject: Anchorage - Varied Thrush in USGS parking lot
From: "steve_scordino AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Jan 2015 14:48:22 -0800
I just saw a Varied Thrush in the USGS parking lot closer to the UAA side of 
the lot, basically uphill from the Alaska Spine Institute. I saw the Northern 
Shrike I reported a week or so ago in the same area a couple of days ago, so 
there may be two species to keep an eye out for. I have been tallying 
everything I see at University Lake area since 10/2012 in eBird based on a 
couple of walks around the lake each week around noon and this is the first 
time I have seen a Varied Thrush here. 
Subject: Male Cassian's Finch in Homer
From: "tkreiser AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Jan 2015 11:50:16 -0800
Found a male Cassian's Finch in my Hohe St. yard 1/19/15. Checked with Aaron 
Lang for postivie id as I had been thinking it was a PUFI (some purples were 
reported for the area). It is feeding with some Pine Siskins and Pine 
Grosbeaks, coming to my feeder area for sunflower seeds. 

  
 
 
Subject: Central Peninsula Highlights
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Jan 2015 09:48:05 -0800
For about the sixth consecutive year the greater Sterling and Funny River 
agricultural areas are hosting good numbers of GREAT GRAY OWLS. In early 
December one was struck and killed by a vehicle at mile 77 of the Sterling 
Highway, which is at the junction of Adkins Road and not far from Feuding Road, 
known hotspots for the species. In early January another bird was also struck 
and killed by a vehicle on Funny River Road, another known hotspot. Yesterday, 
1/29, I saw a live individual near mile 14 of Funny River Road. Also yesterday 
I saw a very distant flock of 300 SNOW BUNTINGS on the Kenai Flats. While I 
could not make out any MCKAY’S BUNTINGS a local birder reported some within 
this flock this past Sunday. Not far from this flock I saw a MERLIN flying from 
the Flats and my wife had one three miles away earlier this month hunting at a 
residential feeder. Winter Merlins are borderline rare in this part of the 
Peninsula. Along with Funny River Burn BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS there are a few 
good winter birds in the area. Currently the most abundant bird species in our 
area is easily WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL. 

 Toby BurkeKenai, AK
  
Subject: Northern Goshawk at Russian Jack Park (Anchorage)
From: "prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:03:22 -0900
I found a Northern Goshawk in one  of the large poplars below the Russian
Jack sled hill at 10:30 this morning.  It left as soon as people started
using the trails.

 

Russian Jack Park is on the east side of Anchorage, at Boniface and Debarr.

 

Dick Prentki

Anchorage

Prentki AT acsalaska.net



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Subject: Anchorage Audubon Seward Winter Field Trip
From: "Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:27:32 -0900
Hi all,
Here is some info about the upcoming Anchorage Audubon Seward Winter 
Field Trip.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage


*Seward Winter Field Trip**
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**Date and Time: Saturday, February 21st, 10:00AM. **

*
*Location: Meet in front of the Seward Harbormaster's restrooms, located 
at the south end of the small boat harbor. *

Join Aaron Bowman and others for a winter birding excursion to enjoy 
Seward's great diversity of wintering birds and the possibility of a few 
rarities. Come dressed for the weather and the location, prepared for a 
great day with great birds.
Bring your binoculars and spotting scope (if you have one...there never 
are too many!) and other favorite birding gear. Plan on gathering with 
the group for a lunch break in town where you can eat a packed lunch or 
purchase something locally. You may also wish to bring walki-talkies to 
communicate between cars, or donations of sunflower bird seed for one of 
our regular feeder stops provided by a local birder.
Please consider carpooling as much as possible to Seward and while 
birding there. If you are interested in carpooling (driving or riding) 
from Anchorage, meet in the parking lot (South end, near Huffman) of 
Carrs on Huffman at 7:15AM.
In the event of a cancellation there will be no reschedule date for this 
trip.

Contact Aaron Bowman at ampbowman AT gmail.com or 907-343-9947 with any 
questions.

Subject: Kinglet still here!
From: "mossy seaside AT xyz.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:45:28 -0900
Little Ruby Crowned Kinglet is breaking the record each day for longest winter 
stay at Seaside Farm . Still at my feeder today in Homer. . 


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Subject: Anchorage Purple Finch and Cassin's Finch present Monday
From: "prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:29:38 -0900
Both finches appeared together, feeding in one of the choke cherry/May Day
trees just before 11 AM at the site upstream of Spenard Crossing.

 

Dick Prentki

Anchorage

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Subject: Monday, January 26, 2015 Icicle Eagle and Fluffed up Robins
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Jan 2015 22:54:11 -0800
Seward, Alaska
 
  
 Usually when the clouds roll in, the temperature rises. But not today. The 
thermometer plunged to 9º, which is very chilly for Seward. Wispy ghosts of 
steam danced down the bay, propelled by the last gasps of the fierce north 
wind. 

  
 I did not hear the VARIED THRUSH above the roar of the wind on Saturday, but 
sure enough, a couple brave males were singing this morning despite the cold. 

  
 This noon, bundled up and barely able to operate my camera, I chanced upon a 
BALD EAGLE with icicles covering its throat feathers and one hanging from the 
tip of its bill. The heavy ice pulling on its feathers must have felt terrible! 
Brrrr! Tough bird! 

  
 Later, when almost to my driveway, I pulled over to watch at least 22 very 
hungry and fluffed up ROBINS hopping along the street eating gravel, and 
probing the almost green, frozen lawn under some spruce trees. The males are 
really handsome with their bright brick red breasts, white eye-ring, and yellow 
bill. If they weren’t so common, we’d probably appreciate them more. 

  
 I heard the familiar chirrrr of a BOHEMIAN WAXWING and found the elegant bird 
in the almost-barren Mt Ash trees with 4 PINE GROSBEAKS. 

  
 How these birds manage to survive the cold days and even colder nights is a 
testament to the wonder of feathers. As long as they can find calories, they 
greet the next new morning with gladness and hop to it. Some, like the Varied 
Thrushes are suitably inspired to sing. Now there’s a lesson in gratitude! 

  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 For photos, please visit my blog at 
 
  
 

Subject: Sunday, January 25, 2015 Seward Steller's Eider and Black-legged Kittiwakes
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jan 2015 23:05:12 -0800
Sunny but cold and windy here in Seward today. I finally found the STELLER'S 
EIDER again, conveniently located right in front of Spring Creek Beach at Mile 
5 Nash Road. He was loosely in the company of the HARLEQUINS, but they were 
hanging out with BARROW'S and COMMON GOLDENEYES, and COMMON MERGANSERS close to 
shore, taking salt water baths and a break from the brunt of the wind. SURF 
SCOTERS and PELAGIC CORMORANTS dove farther off shore, riding the whitecaps. 

 

 A mixed flock of about 50 gulls swooped and soared on the wind, including 
GLAUCOUS-WINGED, MEW, and at least one or two BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, new for 
2015. The nearby seafood processing plant was in operation and unloading a 
boat, which probably helped to attract all the bird action. 

 

 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter