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17 Apr Canvasback [David Sonneborn ]
17 Apr This week in Chenega Bay [Kate McLaughlin ]
16 Apr Audubon Beginning Birding Class Thursday Evening []
16 Apr Anchorage--Campbell Creek Estuary Nature Area today [Aaron Bowman ]
15 Apr Greater Yellowlegs-Anchorage []
15 Apr Flying Squirrel [G W ]
14 Apr Re: Redhead - Anchorage [Enric Fernandez ]
14 Apr Redhead - Anchorage [Peter Scully ]
13 Apr Rough-legged Hawk on Homer Spit [Martin Renner ]
13 Apr Saturday, April 12 Spring is Trickling In []
12 Apr Loons []
12 Apr Golden Eagle in Unalaska [Suzi Golodoff ]
12 Apr Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 4-11-14 ["Lani Raymond" ]
12 Apr Swans [David Sonneborn ]
12 Apr Anchorage Audubon/BLM Campbell Creek Early Morning Bird Walks [Aaron Bowman ]
12 Apr Seward trip report 4-11-2014 []
11 Apr Birds on Beluga Slough, Homer: Trumpeter Swan, and first Greater Yellowlegs! ["Vos, Joel" ]
11 Apr Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz starts April 12 [Beth Peluso ]
11 Apr Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz starts April 12 [Beth Peluso ]
11 Apr Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz starts April 12 [Beth Peluso ]
11 Apr Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz starts April 12 [Beth Peluso ]
11 Apr Re: snowy owls. [jen nafzgar ]
11 Apr Re: RFI: Kenai Fjords and Chiswell Islands boat tour [Ginger Moore ]
27 Mar snowy owls. [Tim Jones ]
11 Apr Snow Geese over UMED (Anchorage) []
10 Apr Re: RFI: Kenai Fjords and Chiswell Islands boat tour []
10 Apr Re: RFI: Kenai Fjords and Chiswell Islands boat tour ["Jim Stevenson" ]
10 Apr RFI: Kenai Fjords and Chiswell Islands boat tour [Nick Boutis ]
10 Apr Re: Snow Buntings - Anchorage [Frank Clemens ]
10 Apr Kenai River Guided Float Trip: Some Seats Still Available! []
10 Apr Snow Buntings - Anchorage [Peter Scully ]
09 Apr Potter Marsh Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden Eagle [Aaron Bowman ]
7 Apr Brambling and Tufted Duck in Unalaska [Suzi Golodoff ]
06 Apr Kenai Flats Gulls and others []
06 Apr FOS Rough-Legged Hawk []
6 Apr Anchorage Bufflehead and Pintails [Aaron Bowman ]
6 Apr Palmer - FOS SANDHILL cranes [Chuck ]
6 Apr Homer Birds April 4-5 []
06 Apr Anchor Point bird report [S Friend ]
06 Apr Potter Marsh Mew Gulls []
06 Apr Seward LL []
6 Apr Palmer - Osprey - adult female(?) [Chuck ]
06 Apr Harlan's Hawk []
5 Apr Rusty Blackbird at Cheney Lake [Erin Barclay ]
05 Apr Seward AK. []
04 Apr Palmer FOS Juncos []
04 Apr Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival: May 15-18th! []
3 Apr PALMER Old Matanuska [Chuck ]
03 Apr Heading to Homer this weekend []
03 Apr Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival []
2 Apr Northern Shrike - request for information [Luke DeCicco ]
01 Apr Seward FOS []
31 Mar Gadwall Drake in Anchorage [Robert Tappana ]
30 Mar KING EIDER in Homer [Aaron Lang ]
30 Mar Dusky T [Thede Tobish ]
30 Mar Dippers in Anchorage [Dianne M Toebe ]
29 Mar Gunsight Mtn Hawkwatch []
29 Mar Mourning Dove in Homer--yes! []
29 Mar Turnagain Sharp-shinned [Thede Tobish ]
28 Mar Must be Spring - FOS Hawk []
28 Mar Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 3-28-14 ["Lani Raymond" ]
27 Mar Homer Dove [Aaron Lang ]
26 Mar Anchorage Gulls [Peter Scully ]
26 Mar Dove [David Sonneborn ]
26 Mar Another Great Gray Owl Near Sterling [Robert Tappana ]
25 Mar Anchorage FOS Herring Gull and report of Morning Dove in Homer [Aaron Bowman ]
25 Mar Homer--Two White-throated Sparrows [Aaron Lang ]
24 Mar Seward's Brambling [joe staab ]
24 Mar Seward's Brambling [joe staab ]
24 Mar PEEPs Young Artist Contest: Deadline April 26! []
24 Mar This weekend in Chenega Bay [Kate McLaughlin ]
24 Mar The photo section of Yahoo Groups has become a complete mess! []
23 Mar Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Raven Entertainment []
23 Mar Unalaska spring ( at sea level) [Suzi Golodoff ]
23 Mar Pine Siskins in Anchorage, Lake Otis/E 84th Area []
23 Mar Signs of Spring []

Subject: Canvasback
From: David Sonneborn <davidsonne AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:54:44 -0800
FOS male Spenard x ing

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Subject: This week in Chenega Bay
From: Kate McLaughlin <mclenvironmental AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:38:04 -0700 (PDT)
Spring is definitely here. Stayed up late and watched the lunar eclipse on 
Monday night, actually had almost clear skies that evening. Lots of birds 
seemed to be up under the full moon as well. Heard: BELTED KINGFISHER, GREAT 
BLUE HERON, BLACK OYSTERCATCHER, and some GEESE flew over, honking loudly. 


Other sightings around this village this week include ROBINS! (Had report from 
a friend in Cordova that they arrived there this weekend also). SLATE-COLORED 
JUNCO, SONG SPARROW, CROW, STELLER'S JAY, BALD EAGLE, RAVEN, CHESTNUT-BACKED 
CHICKADEE, PELAGIC CORMORANT, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, COMMON MERGANZER, 
BUFFLEHEAD, MALLARD, BARROW'S GOLDEN-EYE. 


The snipe and the hummingbirds should be here any day! 

Happy Birding,

Kate


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PO Box 8043
Chenega Bay, Alaska 99574
907/573-2006
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Subject: Audubon Beginning Birding Class Thursday Evening
From: <wkeys AT gci.net>
Date: 16 Apr 2014 22:32:20 -0700
 This Thursday evening, Anchorage Audubon will present our first ever 
"Introduction To Birding" class. Our monthly meeting will be devoted to helping 
beginners get started in the sport of Birding. 

 The class will cover: How To Get Started; What Do You Need?; How To Use A 
Field Guide; How To Identify Birds; Migration; Birding By Ear; Where To Go In 
Anchorage; Birding Events; and Birding Resources. There will also be a hands-on 
instruction on how to use binoculars. The latest tally shows that 254 bird 
species have been recorded in Anchorage, and we'd like to help as many people 
as possible to get a glimpse into the astounding natural world that we walk 
through every day. 

 Beginning birders of all ages are welcome--adults, teenagers, and kids. If you 
know anyone who might be interested in getting into something insane, please 
invite them. Cookies will be served, and you don't have to wear funny hats. 
We'd love to see you there. 


 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 17th, at the BP Energy Center (Benson & New Seward 
Highway.) 
Subject: Anchorage--Campbell Creek Estuary Nature Area today
From: Aaron Bowman <ampbowman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:52:44 -0800
I spent about four hours at the Beluga overlook today at the Campbell 
Creek Estuary nature area watching for incoming migrant birds.
I saw many Vs of geese flying in from across the Turnagain arm, many to 
far to ID, most CANADA GEESE, a few obvious enough in comparison and 
voice to call CACKLING, and three WHITE-FRONTED GEESE.  Early on two 
TRUMPETER SWANS flew by, an unseen GREATER YELLOWLEGGS called, and a 
BALD EAGLE flushed some MALLARDS and two NORTHERN SHOVELERS. 5 
GREEN-WINGED TEAL were hanging out in the shallow water below the 
overlook with some mallards.  A small flock of COMMON MERGANSERS steamed 
past making even the tight fast flock of NORTHERN PINTAILS look slow.

Birds are on the move!

Aaron Bowman





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Subject: Greater Yellowlegs-Anchorage
From: <oceanamber24 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 15 Apr 2014 23:18:51 -0700
I Walked along Fish Creek tonight and heard, then saw a single FOS (for me) 
Greater Yellowlegs near the mouth by the bridge on the coastal trail. Amber 
Stephens 
Subject: Flying Squirrel
From: G W <spinscan AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:43:37 -0700 (PDT)
Last Night shortly after midnight the 15thwhile out on our upper decklooking 
at the blood Moon I had the you know what scared out of me by a flying squirrel 
in our bird feeders.It stayed while we shined a flashlight on it and took a 
couple pictures. I posted them in the album (Gayland Wohlgemuth). I know its 
not a bird but it flies and is eating bird seed out of bird feeders.Who knew? 


Gayland Wohlgemuth Round tree Dr. Anchorage
Subject: Re: Redhead - Anchorage
From: Enric Fernandez <somateriafischeri AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:33:39 -0800
Located a female partner for the redhead. Male and female present now. A couple 
lesser Canada geese also present. 

Spenard crossing  AT  6:30 pm

Enric Fernandez
Anchorage, AK

> On Apr 14, 2014, at 7:25 AM, Peter Scully  
wrote: 

>
> There is a drake REDHEAD at Spenard Crossing this morning. Also
>
> Trumpeter Swans (2)
> Barrow's Goldeneye (1)
>
> Etc.
>
> -Peter
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
Subject: Redhead - Anchorage
From: Peter Scully <peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:25:22 -0800
There is a drake REDHEAD at Spenard Crossing this morning.  Also

Trumpeter Swans (2)
Barrow's Goldeneye (1)

Etc.

-Peter


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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk on Homer Spit
From: Martin Renner <great.auklet AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:42:38 -0800
A juv Rough-legged Hawk flew south along the Homer Spit this afternoon. It's 
been quite a few years that I've seen this species in Homer. 


Martin



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Subject: Saturday, April 12 Spring is Trickling In
From: <c_griz AT yahoo.com>
Date: 13 Apr 2014 00:50:37 -0700
Saturday, April 12, 2014 Spring is trickling in
 Seward, Alaska
  
 Sunrise 6:48 am, sunset 9:09 pm for a total day length of 14 hours and 20 
minutes. Tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 28 seconds longer. 

  
 Spring and Winter are fiddling with the thermostat. Spring inches it up to the 
mid 40s; suddenly ice is melting in rivulets down the street and mud makes its 
first appearance. Milbert Tortoiseshell butterflies emerge from their hiding 
places and flit about looking for a mate. Crocuses fling open their lovely 
petals, enticing a bumbling over-wintered bumblebee to dine. Then, bang! Winter 
dials it down to the mid-20s and throws in 3" of snow for good measure. Back 
and forth, they tussle. Yet the birds are on their way, slipping in, arriving 
in little spurts, assuring us that Spring will indeed, win the thermostat war. 
Eventually. 

  
 Shortly after the first day of Spring, on March 21, I watched a pair of RAVENS 
carry a load of moss and grass as a lining for their hidden nest. Eggs are 
next! A single GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCH shared the fallen seeds and suet under a 
feeder on Second Ave with a beautiful red male PINE GROSBEAK. 

  
 March 22: FOS GREATER SCAUP dove by the boat harbor entrance. The usual winter 
BARROW'S GOLDENEYES, COMMON MERGANERS, HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and a barrage of noisy 
gulls hung out nearby. 

  
 A lot of Euphasids, a type of krill, washed up in lines at the high tide on 
area beaches recently. They resemble little shrimp and when fresh, are very 
tasty. Bring crackers! The gulls and crows feasted on them at the Greenbelt 
beach. I wonder why this rich resource is not instantly gobbled up at the other 
beaches? 

  
 March 25: PIGEON GUILLEMOT in breeding plumage, just one.
  
 March 28: HERRING GULL migration continues with loud, joyous gull cries.
  
 March 29: A pair of wary TRUMPETER SWANS stopped over briefly.
  
 April 1: GREATER SCAUP still by boat harbor entrance. A few FOS NORTHERN 
PINTAILS, AMERICAN WIGEON, and GADWALL joined a large flock of over-wintering 
MALLARDS at the tidelands. Also refound 6 DUNLINS that have been here all 
winter. 

  
 April 2: Several Longnose Skate egg cases, called "mermaid's purses" washed up 
on the beaches. I opened up one purse and found an exquisite sea-green lining, 
but the treasure, the single baby skate, had hatched and flown off to seek 
adventures in the mysterious sea. 

  
 April 6: Robin C reported FOS 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS. Otherwise, except for the 
boisterous gulls, it's been very quiet. 

  
 April 7: A cheerful AMERICAN ROBIN sang sweetly in the morning. FOS bumblebee. 
FOS 3 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS fed in the intertidal zone at mid tide at Lowell 
Point. 

  
 April 8: 3" new snow! No more cheerio Robin!
  
 April 9: Report of a 1000 white birds flying high past the moon around 6:30 
pm; maybe gulls? 

  
 April 10: SAW-WHET OWL calling from Little Bear Mountain around 10:30 pm. I 
haven't heard him in such a long time. While it made me very happy, I hope he 
will soon have a mate and a family. Saturn now sails across the sky following 
Jupiter. Orion is fading until next November. I will miss the stars! 

  
 April 11: Salmon fry swimming in Tonsina Creek. 7 TRUMPETER SWANS reported at 
the head of the bay. A single female LAPLAND LONGSPUR scurried around the 
bedraggled beach ryegrass by the Greenbelt bike path, looking for fallen seeds. 
Robin C reported a single SNOW BUNTING at the head of the bay. 

  
 April 12: FOS GREEN-WINGED TEAL pair joined dozens of NORTHERN PINTAILS, and 
100 MALLARDS. HERRING GULLS, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS, MEW GULLS, KITTIWAKES 
created a gull snow squall when an eagle flew through. Another eagle snatched a 
fish and hauled it back to the trees, accompanied by another screeching eagle. 
Feast time! 

  
 Winter birds still dominate, but Spring is on her way!
  
 Interesting websites:
 Longnose Skate (they do have wings)
 < 
http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2013-03-01/trails-mermaids-purses#.U0mNXShs5e4> 

  
 True Facts about the Owl (with some odd asides)
 
  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 for photos, please visit my blog at 
 http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com/
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Subject: Loons
From: <michelle.szaf AT yahoo.com>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 22:42:22 -0700
We just saw a pair of loons at Westchester Lagoon. I believe there were two 
youth with them as well but since I was looking through binoculars in dim 
light, I can't be sure. Has anyone seen any type of owls lately? I really would 
love to get some pictures but am having a horrible time finding any in or 
around the Anchorage area. Thank you, Michelle 
Subject: Golden Eagle in Unalaska
From: Suzi Golodoff <sgolodoff AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:32:18 -0800
Dear friends and birders,

April 12, 2014

This afternoon I hiked up the snow-patched road bed to Ulakta Head ( Mt. 
Ballyhoo ). I saw another Golden Eagle up there, and it seemed to have 
different markings from the one I saw on March 28th, so this may be a different 
bird. Two Common Ravens kept chasing it out of their territory near the WWII 
gun emplacements. 


The Snow Buntings, whose 'chittering' we hear all winter, have begun to sing. 
Their songs are almost like Lapland Longspurs, whose arrival we anticipate in a 
couple more weeks. 


The Emperors are nearly gone, heading towards Izembek. Just scattered small 
bunches now. I counted fifty yesterday evening. 


This morning there were Dolly Varden finning along the front beach (the first 
I've seen this spring) and just a while ago a big primitive looking lancet fish 
writhing close to shore. 



Suzi

Suzi Golodoff
Aleutian Birding and Natural History
P.O. Box 11
Unalaska, Alaska 99685
(907) 581-1359
(907) 391-2345
Subject: Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 4-11-14
From: "Lani Raymond" <lani67 AT alaska.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:30:22 -0800
KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION: April 11, 2014

This afternoon Joel Vos spotted a GREATER YELLOWLEGS in Beluga Slough! Earliest 
record is apparently April 9th so we may be in for some other early arrivals. 
Also seen in the Slough were TRUMPETER SWANS (2), EURASIAN and AMERICAN WIGEON, 
NORTHERN PINTAILS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BUFFLEHEAD, MALLARD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, 
and LAPLAND LONGSPURS(3) were seen on the 5th. Other birds recently seen on the 
trail down from Islands and Ocean V.C. were PINE SISKIN, BLACK-CAPPED 
CHICKADEE, DARK-EYED JUNCOS including some Oregon ones, and RED-BREASTED 
NUTHATCH. On April 1st there was an unconfirmed sighting of a SAVANNAH SPARROW 
in that area. But in spite of many folks looking for this bird subsequently, it 
was unfortunately not refound. 


From Land's End ANCIENT MURRELETS (2) were spotted quite a ways out on the 5th, 
also recently from other points on the Spit: COMMON MURRE, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 
COMMON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, RED-NECKED GREBE, PELAGIC CORMORANT, COMMON 
and PACIFIC LOON, HARLEQUIN DUCKS, WHITE-WINGED and SURF SCOTERS. Several 
reports of singing SONG SPARROWS. 


On the 11th there was a report of a SHORT-EARED OWL heading toward the spit 
from out in the Inlet. It was heading toward the Mud Bay-Green Timbers area 
where they are often seen in the spring hunting in those grassy areas. 


On March 30th there was a female KING EIDER on the west side of the spit near 
the Hockey Rink. Also seen were STELLER'S EIDERS (15). (I'll skip the Queen 
Eider joke...) 


On the 5th the WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was still in the vicinity of Taku and 
Portlock (5.5 miles out East End Rd.) Also in that area were AMERICAN TREE 
SPARROWS, WHITE-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, NORTHERN SHRIKES. 


From Anchor Point there was a report on the 5th of a singing DARK-EYED JUNCO. 
Also AMERICAN ROBIN, PINE SISKIN, BLACK-CAPPED and BOREAL CHICKADEES, GRAY-JAYS 
and the usual suspects up there. 


The last report I have seen of the MOURNING DOVE was on March 31st but it may 
still be here. 


Unfortunate to hear from Jason Sodergren that there have been several emaciated 
GREAT-HORNED OWLS in the area, some not surviving. With their food source 
drastically diminished, this is unfortunate but expected part of the cycle. 


Earlier in April there were some reports of SANDHILL CRANES and GREATER 
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE flying over. If you hear or see any cranes, please report 
them to Cranewatch, 235-6262 or reports AT cranewatch.org. The following 
information is what they need from you: location, time and date, what they were 
doing (landing, flying high, circling, etc.), how many, and your email and/or 
phone number. 


IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BIRD!
Subject: Swans
From: David Sonneborn <davidsonne AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:54:31 -0800
2 Trumpeter
Spenard Xing

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Subject: Anchorage Audubon/BLM Campbell Creek Early Morning Bird Walks
From: Aaron Bowman <ampbowman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:47:59 -0800
Hi all,
Here is an announcement for some upcoming walks hosted by the BLM and 
Anchorage Audubon starting at the Campbell Creek Science Center parking 
lot.  This year they will happen on every Thursday in May except for May 
1st.
See below for more info.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage


*Campbell Creek Early Morning Bird Walks*

Date and Time: May 8, 15, 22, 29 (Thursday) 6:30-8:30AM

Location: Meet at the Campbell Creek Science Center parking lot.

Develop and fine-tune your birding skills and witness the progression of 
songbird migration through the Campbell Tract this spring. Join BLM 
staff and Anchorage Audubon Society members for a series of early 
morning outdoor bird walks May 8, 15, 22 and 29. Walks are from 
6:30am-8:30am. Please meet in the Campbell Creek Science Center parking 
lot. Dress appropriately for the weather and for walking on uneven 
terrain. Hot cocoa and coffee will be available at the Science Center 
afterwards, courtesy of Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center. 
Please call 267-1241 for more information.
Subject: Seward trip report 4-11-2014
From: <tarbox AT ptialaska.net>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 10:54:17 -0700
Four of us traveled to Seward on Friday and had a great trip. Fun birds of the 
day included the hood merganser pair at the pond on the right as you come into 
town., American dippers and Golden Crowned Kinglets at Bear Creek at the road 
crossing over the creek, and of course the best bird of the day a single snow 
bunting that let us watch it from 10 feet away. It was not spooked at all and 
we enjoyed watching it hunt and peck right around us. The bird was located on 
the bay side of the boat harbor at the beginning of the bike trail along the 
Seward waterfront. It was there most of the day. 


 Of course there were the usual birds in the bay with both goldeneyes, surf 
scooters, harlequin ducks, various gulls, lots of stellar jays, chickadees, 
both woodpeckers at Ava's, pine siskins, and a song sparrow that let us take 
pictures for 5 feet away. We were on the boardwalk looking at the hooded 
merganser when it flew to a tree next to us and started calling. Really neat. 
We ended the day with 28 species. 

 

 Also, the sea lions put on a show for us and a harbor seal swam right next to 
Lowell Point Road. Sea otters were fun to see and enjoy. 

 

Subject: Birds on Beluga Slough, Homer: Trumpeter Swan, and first Greater Yellowlegs!
From: "Vos, Joel" <joel_vos AT fws.gov>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:42:20 -0800
I spied some white on the Slough from the office window here at Islands And
Ocean around 2pm, and grabbed a scope to see what kind of swans we had
visiting. 2 TRUMPETER SWANS dabbling along with some MALLARDS, NORTHERN
PINTAIL, a GREEN-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN WIGEON, and a single EURASIAN
WIGEON. Also present were BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON GOLDENEYE. Add in
NORTHWESTERN CROW, COMMON RAVEN, MEW GULL, and BALD EAGLE, and this
amounted to a pretty nice afternoon birding stroll.

As I was watching the swans, something in the foreground caught my eye--2
GREATER YELLOWLEGS! The first shorebirds are starting to arrive in Homer!

A gentleman there watching birds on the picnic table there also spotted
them, and mentioned having seen GREEN-WINGED TEAL earlier.

In the trees on the way back to the office I saw some PINE SISKIN and
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES.

Images are at http://kachemakbaybirders.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=642.
 Sorry for the 60x digiscoping with an iPhone, but that what I had to work
with!


Joel Vos
Subject: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz starts April 12
From: Beth Peluso <bpeluso AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:20:37 -0700 (PDT)
(Apologies for any cross-posting, I wanted to make sure all the listserves knew 
about this.) 



Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
Where: Statewide, enter sightings on eBird or written data
sheets
When: April 12-May 31
 
This is a new project for Audubon Alaska, in partnership
with the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group and the Alaska Department
of Fish and Game. Rusty Blackbirds, although numerous, are declining
alarmingly, putting them on the Red List of the Alaska WatchList. The causes of
decline aren’t well understood, so researchers are scrambling to find out 
more. 

Here’s where you can help, from anywhere! All you have to do is enter your 
bird 

sightings in eBird (http://ebird.org/content/ak/) or a written data
sheet—especially when you find a Rusty Blackbird. If you went out looking 
them 

but didn’t see any, that’s useful too. When you login to eBird, on the 
second 

data entry page, select “Other—Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz” 
under 

“Observation Type”. 
 
Rusty Blackbirds in the Lower 48 are already on the move!
For more information about participating, Rusty Blackbird identification, or
eBird questions please visit Audubon Alaska’s website
http://ak.audubon.org/rusty-blackbird-spring-migration-blitz, or contact Beth
Peluso at bpeluso AT audubon.org or 907-276-7034907-276-7034.


Beth Peluso
(With my official Audubon Alaska hat on)
Subject: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz starts April 12
From: Beth Peluso <bpeluso AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:20:37 -0700 (PDT)
(Apologies for any cross-posting, I wanted to make sure all the listserves knew 
about this.) 



Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
Where: Statewide, enter sightings on eBird or written data
sheets
When: April 12-May 31
 
This is a new project for Audubon Alaska, in partnership
with the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group and the Alaska Department
of Fish and Game. Rusty Blackbirds, although numerous, are declining
alarmingly, putting them on the Red List of the Alaska WatchList. The causes of
decline aren’t well understood, so researchers are scrambling to find out 
more. 

Here’s where you can help, from anywhere! All you have to do is enter your 
bird 

sightings in eBird (http://ebird.org/content/ak/) or a written data
sheet—especially when you find a Rusty Blackbird. If you went out looking 
them 

but didn’t see any, that’s useful too. When you login to eBird, on the 
second 

data entry page, select “Other—Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz” 
under 

“Observation Type”. 
 
Rusty Blackbirds in the Lower 48 are already on the move!
For more information about participating, Rusty Blackbird identification, or
eBird questions please visit Audubon Alaska’s website
http://ak.audubon.org/rusty-blackbird-spring-migration-blitz, or contact Beth
Peluso at bpeluso AT audubon.org or 907-276-7034907-276-7034.


Beth Peluso
(With my official Audubon Alaska hat on)
Subject: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz starts April 12
From: Beth Peluso <bpeluso AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:20:37 -0700 (PDT)
(Apologies for any cross-posting, I wanted to make sure all the listserves knew 
about this.) 



Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
Where: Statewide, enter sightings on eBird or written data
sheets
When: April 12-May 31
 
This is a new project for Audubon Alaska, in partnership
with the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group and the Alaska Department
of Fish and Game. Rusty Blackbirds, although numerous, are declining
alarmingly, putting them on the Red List of the Alaska WatchList. The causes of
decline aren’t well understood, so researchers are scrambling to find out 
more. 

Here’s where you can help, from anywhere! All you have to do is enter your 
bird 

sightings in eBird (http://ebird.org/content/ak/) or a written data
sheet—especially when you find a Rusty Blackbird. If you went out looking 
them 

but didn’t see any, that’s useful too. When you login to eBird, on the 
second 

data entry page, select “Other—Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz” 
under 

“Observation Type”. 
 
Rusty Blackbirds in the Lower 48 are already on the move!
For more information about participating, Rusty Blackbird identification, or
eBird questions please visit Audubon Alaska’s website
http://ak.audubon.org/rusty-blackbird-spring-migration-blitz, or contact Beth
Peluso at bpeluso AT audubon.org or 907-276-7034907-276-7034.


Beth Peluso
(With my official Audubon Alaska hat on)
Subject: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz starts April 12
From: Beth Peluso <bpeluso AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:20:37 -0700 (PDT)
(Apologies for any cross-posting, I wanted to make sure all the listserves knew 
about this.) 



Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
Where: Statewide, enter sightings on eBird or written data
sheets
When: April 12-May 31
 
This is a new project for Audubon Alaska, in partnership
with the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group and the Alaska Department
of Fish and Game. Rusty Blackbirds, although numerous, are declining
alarmingly, putting them on the Red List of the Alaska WatchList. The causes of
decline aren’t well understood, so researchers are scrambling to find out 
more. 

Here’s where you can help, from anywhere! All you have to do is enter your 
bird 

sightings in eBird (http://ebird.org/content/ak/) or a written data
sheet—especially when you find a Rusty Blackbird. If you went out looking 
them 

but didn’t see any, that’s useful too. When you login to eBird, on the 
second 

data entry page, select “Other—Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz” 
under 

“Observation Type”. 
 
Rusty Blackbirds in the Lower 48 are already on the move!
For more information about participating, Rusty Blackbird identification, or
eBird questions please visit Audubon Alaska’s website
http://ak.audubon.org/rusty-blackbird-spring-migration-blitz, or contact Beth
Peluso at bpeluso AT audubon.org or 907-276-7034907-276-7034.


Beth Peluso
(With my official Audubon Alaska hat on)
Subject: Re: snowy owls.
From: jen nafzgar <jenlinkhart AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:35:23 -0400
There was a good article published in Audubon Magazine recently on this
very subject!

http://www.audubonmagazine.org/articles/birds/so-many-snowies-study-scientists-are-discovering-how-little-we-know-about-bird 
Subject: Re: RFI: Kenai Fjords and Chiswell Islands boat tour
From: Ginger Moore <ginger AT kbaywhales.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:02:24 -0800
Hello
I just wanted to ad that if by chance you might be coming to Homer, Rainbow 
Tours is offering a Barren Island tour this summer. Its a great trip for 
pelagic seabirds and hopefully lots of whales too. We have not scheduled dates 
yet and need a minimum of 25 to go. 

Visit www.rainbowtours.net and scroll down to custom tours and check it out. If 
you like spread the word!! 


Ginger Moore
Rainbow Tours
ginger AT kbaywhales.com






On Apr 10, 2014, at 7:34 PM, pinetree22 AT aol.com wrote:

>
> I've done a boat trip out of Seward, every June/July for about 20 years, and 
although we do use both tour companies, I think Kenai Fjords Tours is 
definitely the better of the two. There are other people involved in choosing 
the trips and sometimes price wins out over better birding, but if it were up 
to me, I'd do Kenai Fjords every time. 

>
> robin
> on the edge of the pine barrens in southern, nj
>
> Hi folks,
>
> I'm planning my first trip to Alaska in mid-June, and would really value any 
recommendations on boat tours out of Seward. Looks like lots of people had good 
things to say about the Kenai Fjords Tours "Captain's Choice" trip, but alas, 
it sounds like the company retired that offering last year. 

>
> It appears that both Kenai Fjords Tours and Major Marine go near the Chiswell 
Islands as part of their Northwestern Fjord tour. Kenai Fjords Tours takes a 
larger boat with up to 130 passengers (and presumably a guide or two), while 
Major Marine limits its smaller boat to 30 participants, but may not have any 
interpretive guides on board. Is it a crapshoot as to which would be likely to 
offer the better birding experience (for someone who has very limited 
experience looking for alcids and other open water birds)? 

>
> Thanks in advance for any guidance you can offer!
>
> Regards, Nick Boutis
> Yellow Springs, Ohio
>
>
Subject: snowy owls.
From: Tim Jones <tjones AT mtaonline.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:49:36 -0800
Would anybody care to venture another opinion?


http://alaskaatitude.blogspot.com/2014/03/owl-be-seeing-you-in-polar-vortex.html 



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Subject: Snow Geese over UMED (Anchorage)
From: <ejtrammell AT gmail.com>
Date: 11 Apr 2014 09:57:03 -0700
Just saw 2-3 SNOW GEESE circling over the UAA campus on the way into work. I 
didn't get to chase them down to see if they were hanging around in the area, 
or just passing through. 


 Hello Spring!
 Jamie
 Anchorage, AK
Subject: Re: RFI: Kenai Fjords and Chiswell Islands boat tour
From: pinetree22 AT aol.com
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:34:20 -0400 (EDT)
 
I've done a boat trip out of Seward, every June/July for about 20 years,  
and although we do use both tour companies, I think Kenai Fjords Tours is  
definitely the better of the two. There are other people involved in choosing  
the trips and sometimes price wins out over better birding, but if it were 
up to  me, I'd do Kenai Fjords every time.
 
robin
on the edge of the pine barrens in southern, nj
 
 
Hi folks, 

I'm planning my first trip to  Alaska in mid-June, and would really value 
any recommendations on boat tours out  of Seward.  Looks like lots of people 
had good things to say about the  Kenai Fjords Tours "Captain's Choice" 
trip, but alas, it sounds like the company  retired that offering last year.  

It appears that both Kenai  Fjords Tours and Major Marine go near the 
Chiswell Islands as part of their Northwestern Fjord tour. Kenai Fjords Tours 

takes a larger boat with up to  130 passengers (and presumably a guide or 
two), while Major Marine limits its  smaller boat to 30 participants, but may 
not have any interpretive guides on  board.  Is it a crapshoot as to which 
would be likely to offer the better  birding experience (for someone who has 
very limited experience looking for  alcids and other open water birds)?

Thanks in advance for any  guidance you can offer!

Regards, Nick Boutis
Yellow Springs,  Ohio
Subject: Re: RFI: Kenai Fjords and Chiswell Islands boat tour
From: "Jim Stevenson" <galornsoc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:25:43 -0500
I have run an Alaskan tour ever since the late 90s and we always do the Kenai 
Fjords trip past the Chiswells. We usually get several species tough to get 
elsewhere, like RF Corm, Rhino and small alcids. It’s expensive, but very 
well worth it. 


Jim
Galveston, TX

From: Nick Boutis 
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:11 PM
To: AKBirding AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [AK Birding] RFI: Kenai Fjords and Chiswell Islands boat tour

  

Hi folks, 

I'm planning my first trip to Alaska in mid-June, and would really value any 
recommendations on boat tours out of Seward. Looks like lots of people had good 
things to say about the Kenai Fjords Tours "Captain's Choice" trip, but alas, 
it sounds like the company retired that offering last year. 


It appears that both Kenai Fjords Tours and Major Marine go near the Chiswell 
Islands as part of their Northwestern Fjord tour. Kenai Fjords Tours takes a 
larger boat with up to 130 passengers (and presumably a guide or two), while 
Major Marine limits its smaller boat to 30 participants, but may not have any 
interpretive guides on board. Is it a crapshoot as to which would be likely to 
offer the better birding experience (for someone who has very limited 
experience looking for alcids and other open water birds)? 


Thanks in advance for any guidance you can offer!

Regards, Nick Boutis
Yellow Springs, Ohio
Subject: RFI: Kenai Fjords and Chiswell Islands boat tour
From: Nick Boutis <walkingnb AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:11:32 -0700 (PDT)
Hi folks,

I'm planning my first trip to Alaska in mid-June, and would really value any 
recommendations on boat tours out of Seward. Looks like lots of people had 
good things to say about the Kenai Fjords Tours "Captain's Choice" trip, but 
alas, it sounds like the company retired that offering last year.  


It appears that both Kenai Fjords Tours and Major Marine go near the Chiswell 
Islands as part of their Northwestern Fjord tour. Kenai Fjords Tours takes a 
larger boat with up to 130 passengers (and presumably a guide or two), while 
Major Marine limits its smaller boat to 30 participants, but may not have any 
interpretive guides on board. Is it a crapshoot as to which would be likely to 
offer the better birding experience (for someone who has very limited 
experience looking for alcids and other open water birds)? 


Thanks in advance for any guidance you can offer!

Regards, Nick Boutis
Yellow Springs, Ohio
Subject: Re: Snow Buntings - Anchorage
From: Frank Clemens <rearguard AT clearwire.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:56:08 -0800
Thanks for the shout-out; took about an hour but found them a little further 
south from Elderberry Park. 




> On Apr 10, 2014, at 11:10 AM, Peter Scully  
wrote: 

> 
> There is a small flock of SNOW BUNTINGS along the Coastal Trail just opposite 
Elderberry Park at the end of west end of 5th Avenue. Decent office bird! 

>  
> -Peter
> 
Subject: Kenai River Guided Float Trip: Some Seats Still Available!
From: <beranek_lisa AT yahoo.com>
Date: 10 Apr 2014 12:24:28 -0700
Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival Birding Float Trip





This year there are 2 Kenai River Guided Float trips to choose from: May 15: 
Skilak Lake to Bings Landing and May 16: Moose Range Meadows to Pillars. Each 
flotilla is limited to 5 drift boats w/ each boat containing 1 oarsman, 1 local 
bird expert and 3 participants. Lunch included. $150/seat. 


 Please contact Lisa at 907.260.5449 to register!
 

 Flyer: 
http://https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202612060798174&set=o.111688202199649&type=1&theater 
http://https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202612060798174&set=o.111688202199649&type=1&theater 






 





 
Subject: Snow Buntings - Anchorage
From: Peter Scully <peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:10:36 -0700 (PDT)
There isa small flock of SNOW BUNTINGS along the Coastal Trail just opposite 
Elderberry Park at the end of west end of 5th Avenue. Decent office bird! 


-Peter
Subject: Potter Marsh Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden Eagle
From: Aaron Bowman <ampbowman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:59:26 -0800
I hung out a bit this afternoon at the end of the Potter Marsh board 
walk (the one away from the road).  I have found this location to be 
good for watching hawk migration here in town so I thought I would try 
it out today.
As I scanned the blue sky and snowy peaks two RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS 
called in the background, a personal first this season.

The raptor tally was not huge but a fun stretch of the eyes.

8 BALD EAGLES, at least three locals
1 GOLDEN EAGLE, possibly a local as I have seen them in the same area of 
the mountains last year.  One needs a scope and a good imagination 
(experience at the hawk watch helps too!) to ID them from the board walk.
2 Unidentified buteo like raptors playing hide and seek behind the white 
peaks.
15 COMMON RAVENS to get my hopes up on every pass.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage






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Subject: Brambling and Tufted Duck in Unalaska
From: Suzi Golodoff <sgolodoff AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 19:47:57 -0800
Dear friends and birders,

I got another glimpse of the Brambling along town creek yesterday, and this 
afternoon saw the male Tufted Duck on the lake, hanging out with the Greater 
Scaups and the lone male Canvasback. 



Suzi

Suzi Golodoff
Aleutian Birding and Natural History
P.O. Box 11
Unalaska, Alaska 99685
(907) 581-1359
(907) 391-2345
Subject: Kenai Flats Gulls and others
From: <kenaibirder AT gmail.com>
Date: 06 Apr 2014 23:42:33 -0700
Besides the Virgin Creek Harlan's Hawk on Saturday morning, April 5, we also 
had two Great Gray Owls in Sterling later that evening. This Sunday evening we 
watched 12 Canada Geese land on the Kenai Flats. The Kenai Flats gull colony, 
one of the largest in the state, started to arrive on March 27. There were 300 
that day, 2,000 on March 28, 7,000 on April 2, and 25,000 today, April 6. In a 
few weeks the colony should be fully occupied. Last year it was home to 35,000 
by the end of April. The colony appears to be expanding at the rate of roughly 
1,000 gulls per year since we started monitoring it in 2005. 


 Toby and Laura Burke
 Kenai, AK
Subject: FOS Rough-Legged Hawk
From: <sjanik23 AT gmail.com>
Date: 06 Apr 2014 22:50:33 -0700
Spotted a female Rough-Legged Hawk while hiking the South Fork Eagle River 
trail Saturday morning. 


 Steve Janik
Subject: Anchorage Bufflehead and Pintails
From: Aaron Bowman <ampbowman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 21:29:04 -0800
New for me this season was a male BUFFLEHEAD at Spenard Crossing and a pair
of NORTHERN PINTAILS in the vegetation on the flats SE of Carr-Gottstein
with some MALLARDS.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage
Subject: Palmer - FOS SANDHILL cranes
From: Chuck <ciliff2 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 15:41:50 -0800
6. high, over old Mananuska townsite

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Subject: Homer Birds April 4-5
From: <prentki AT acsalaska.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 20:44:41 -0800
Kathy and I birded Homer Friday afternoon and Saturday morning (April 4-5).
We did not find the Mourning Dove-we spent 3+ hours over multiple visits
both days at the Cannonball Road feeders.  Only chickadees (Black-capped and
1 Boreal), Red-breasted Nuthatches, and Pine Siskins came by.  At least one
White-throated Sparrow and one Golden-crowned Sparrow are still at the
intersection of Portlock and Taku. There were multiple flocks of Long-tailed
Ducks, Black Scoters, and White-winged Scoters offshore, along with few
Pacific and Common Loons and Red-Breasted and Common Mergansers.  Harlequin
Ducks (8) were in the Fishing Hole. Buffleheads (~12), American Wigeon
(~20), Eurasian Wigeon (2), Northern Pintail (8), Mallards, Common
Goldeneyes, and Lapland Longspurs (3) were in Beluga Slough.  We only
spotted 1 Common Murre off Of Land's End, but did find a Red-Necked Grebe
there and spotted 2 Ancient Murrelets further out.

 

Dick and Kathy Prentki

Anchorage

Prentki AT acsalaska.net             

 



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Subject: Anchor Point bird report
From: S Friend <sjfriend AT horizonsatellite.com>
Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2014 20:41:16 -0800
From my yard on Friday April 4th, off North Fork rd.

Best sighting was a Junco singing away. By far the earliest I seen.

Still have a Robin feeding on the last of the feeder scraps.

Also still hanging around are

Pine Grosbeaks  -  10
Common Redpolls  -  15
Boreal Chickadees  -  7
Black-capped Chickadees   -  4
Gray Jays  -  4

As well as usual Eagles, Ravens, Magpies


Steven Friend
Anchor Point 
Subject: Potter Marsh Mew Gulls
From: <terryjdoyle AT yahoo.com>
Date: 06 Apr 2014 20:28:53 -0700
Quite a few (10-20) Mew Gulls at Potter marsh Sunday afternoon, waiting for the 
ice and snow to melt! 


 Terry Doyle
 Anchorage, AK
Subject: Seward LL
From: <collman AT gci.net>
Date: 06 Apr 2014 16:32:08 -0700
While walking the Airport mudflats I found two Lapland Longspur's
 

 

                                         Robin Collman  4/6/14
 

 

    

Subject: Palmer - Osprey - adult female(?)
From: Chuck <ciliff2 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 15:02:16 -0800
Tall cottonwood at entrance to Granite Construction gravel pit on Glenn Highway

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Subject: Harlan's Hawk
From: <kenaibirder AT gmail.com>
Date: 06 Apr 2014 10:28:09 -0700
We had a Harlan's Hawk perched in a snag near the Seward Highway at Virgin 
Creek. 

 Toby and Laura Burke
 Kenai, AK
 

 

Subject: Rusty Blackbird at Cheney Lake
From: Erin Barclay <barclayanderin AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 12:27:49 -0800
Walked around Cheney Lake and spotted a Rusty Blackbird on the north end of
Cheney Lake this morning around 10 am.
Subject: Seward AK.
From: <collman AT gci.net>
Date: 05 Apr 2014 08:05:14 -0700
Seward Airport  3/4/14
 1    COMMON MERGANSER      52
 2     MALLARDS                           47
 3    GADWELL                             22
 4     NORTHERN PINTAIL           16
 5     AMERICAN WIGEON            2
 6     NORTHWESTERN CROW    76
 7     COMMON RAVEN                 6
 8     BALD EAGLE                        4
 9     GREEN-WINGED TEAL        1
 

 

               ROBIN COLLMAN

Subject: Palmer FOS Juncos
From: <susiehayes AT gci.net>
Date: 04 Apr 2014 21:52:14 -0700
We had a pair of juncos in our yard today.  First of spring birds for us!!!
 Susie Hayes
 Butte Area- near Maude Road.
 
 
Subject: Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival: May 15-18th!
From: <beranek_lisa AT yahoo.com>
Date: 04 Apr 2014 10:36:34 -0700
Mark your calendar for this mostly FREE birding festival that boasts walks, 
talks, float trips and more! 
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Subject: PALMER Old Matanuska
From: Chuck <ciliff2 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 20:06:21 -0800
7:30 PM - Pair of adult Common Mergansers up stream of RR tracks - adult Bald 
Eagle but no Ospreys 


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Subject: Heading to Homer this weekend
From: <ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: 03 Apr 2014 19:41:16 -0700
Hi Folks, 
 I am heading down from Anchorage to Homer tomorrow for the weekend and it will 
be my first trip to Homer! I will be on the look out for the eiders which were 
spotted last weekend. It's not a birding trip per se, but, I will have my 
binoculars and will be on the lookout for anything and everything bird! If 
anyone in that area wants to meet up for some birding Saturday morning, or, 
pass on any birding tips in Homer please feel free to send me an email or a 
text (505-500-2142). 

 

 Thanks!
 

 Beth Norris
 ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net
 505-500-2142
 Anchorage, AK

Subject: Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival
From: <erinecooper AT yahoo.com>
Date: 03 Apr 2014 13:57:33 -0700
The Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival in Cordova in May 8th through May 
11th. 

 www.cordovachamber.com http://www.cordovachamber.com
 https://www.facebook.com/#!/CopperRiverDeltaShorebirdFestival 
https://www.facebook.com/#!/CopperRiverDeltaShorebirdFestival 

  
 Each year millions of shorebirds pass through the Copper River Delta on the 
way to their breeding grounds. The festival is a great opportunity to be part 
of this spectacular natural event at a Hemispheric WHSRN site. 

  
 This year's keynote speakers are Lars Jonsson and Sue Bonfield.
 Lars Jonsson is a known worldwide for his bird focused artwork. He has 
authored many books, including "Birds and Light", my all time favorite bird 
related art book. Lars will be teaching a one day field sketching coarse during 
the festival. An amazing opportunity for intermediate to advanced artists. 
Contact the Chamber for more information. 

  
 Sue Bonfield is the Director for Environment for the Americas and will talking 
about the International MIgratory Bird Day Program and Bird Festivals and 
Events accross the Western Hemisphere. 

 A Draft Schedule is Listed Below. Check-in at the Chamber website (listed 
above) to learn more. 

  
 THURSDAY MAY 8 
 [High Tide 9:13 am]
 Shorebird Central 10am-5pm
 Ilanka Cultural Center 10am-5pm
 Cordova Museum 10am-5pm
 Bird Art Invitational
 Orca Book & Sound 8am-5pm
 The Net Loft 6pm-9pm*
 "The Nest"
 A Collection of Net Loft 
 Shorebird Handcrafts
  
  
  
 FRIDAY MAY 9
 [High Tide 10:17 am]
  
 Shorebird Central 8am-5pm
 Hartney Bay shuttle 9am-12pm ***
 Ilanka Cultural Center 10am-5pm
 Cordova Museum 10am-5pm
 Bird Art Invitational
 Orca Book & Sound 8am-5pm
  Harbor Art 12pm-5pm
 Gallery of Local Artists
 The Net Loft 2pm-5pm*
 Framed Needlefelted
 Shorebird Nest
 4H Fundraiser Dinner 4:30pm-6:30pm*
 High School Commons
  
 Susan Bonfield 6:30pm-7:30pm
 High School Gym
 
Lars Jonsson 7:30pm-8:30pm High School Gym
  
 Children's Activities 6:30pm-8:30pm
 High School Library
  
 *Birder's Challenge*
 Register Your Teams
  
  
  
 SATURDAY MAY 10 
 [High Tide 11:13 am]
  
 Shorebird Central 9am-6pm
 11am-1pm Hartney Bay SHTL  ***
  
  Alaganik Field Trip 1:30pm-3:30pm**
 Meet at Shorebird Central
  
  Cordova Museum 10am-5pm
 Bird Art Invitational
  
  Orca Book & Sound 8am-5pm
  
   The Net Loft 10am-2pm*
 "The Nest"
 see Thursday for description
  
  Harbor Art 12pm-5pm
 Gallery of Local Artists
  
  Birders Breakfast 7am-10am*
 St. Joseph's Catholic Church
  
 Lars Jonsson Workshop 9am-5pm*
  
 Tour de Peeps 9am-12pm
 Bicycle to Hartney
  
 Kids Workshop 2pm-4pm
 International Migratory Bird Day
  
 *Birder's Bash 6:30pm-9:30pm *
  Reluctant
  
 *Birder's Challenge 24 Hours*
 Begins at 9pm
  
  
 SUNDAY MAY 11 
 [High Tide 12:03am]
   
 Shorebird Central 9am-2pm
 11am-2pm Hartney Bay SHTL ***
  
  
 Early Morning Town Walk 7am-8:30am
 Meet At AC Parking Lot
  
  
 *Birder's Challenge 8 Hours*
 Begins at 1pm
  
  
 *Birder's Challenge Awards 9pm
  Reluctant Fisherman
  
  
  
  
  
  

Subject: Northern Shrike - request for information
From: Luke DeCicco <akswallow AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 14:51:02 -0800
Greetings all,
I hope everyone is enjoying spring. I would like to put out a request of any 
information on singing Northern Shrikes in southcentral Alaska. I have just 
received recording gear from Macaulay Library at Cornell and one of their 
highest priorities is to obtain good audio recordings Northern Shrike song. I 
am in Anchorage but am willing to travel. Please let me know via phone 
(907-744-6101: call or text) or e-mail (akswallow AT hotmail.com) if anyone has 
information on the whereabouts of a singing Northern Shrike that I could 
attempt to track down and record. 

All the best, enjoy the spring, and thanks in advance for any information.
Luke DeCiccoAnchorage









   		 	   		  
Subject: Seward FOS
From: <collman AT gci.net>
Date: 01 Apr 2014 10:09:39 -0700
Seward Airport   3/31/14
 NORTHERN PINTAIL      4
 GADWELL                       10
 AMERICAN WIGEON      2
 

                                      ROBIN COLLMAN
                                         SEWARD AK

Subject: Gadwall Drake in Anchorage
From: Robert Tappana <akgranddad AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:53:56 -0700 (PDT)
I went down to Spenard Crossing (where Spenard Road crosses Chester Creek) this 
morning. Among the usual Mallards, Common Mergansers, and Common Goldeneyes 
was a single Gadwall drake. He looked mighty good in the early morning 
light. 
Subject: KING EIDER in Homer
From: Aaron Lang <birdingak AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:46:27 -0800
This afternoon (3/30) at about 5 PM there was a female KING EIDER on the
west side of the Homer Spit in the area of the hockey rink. We also saw a
flock of about 15 STELLER'S EIDERS. We failed to find any Common Eiders but
the light was pretty harsh and limiting.

The WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS are still at the corner of Portlock and Taku
and a NORTHERN SHRIKE has been singing every evening this week on Portlock.

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: Dusky T
From: Thede Tobish <tgtljo AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:40:45 -0800
Dusky Thrush here at the feeders (Foraker Dr) with 40+ Am Robins, 3/30.

Thede Tobish


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Subject: Dippers in Anchorage
From: Dianne M Toebe <dmtoebe AT uaa.alaska.edu>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:39:48 +0000
One Dipper perched on a piece of drift wood in snow bank in middle of Campbell 
Creek at bridge in Bicentennial parking area on Campbell Airstrip Road, singing 
loudly, doing many sounds! Not much open water yet and creek is low, so can 
hear Dipper without the sound of creek! This was about 7 or 7:30 this evening. 


Last evening at a few minutes before 9 PM, I heard Dipper singing calls coming 
from direction of airstrip and above the trees! Surprised to see 2 Dippers fly 
in and land on riverbank! I have never seen them fly anyplace except up and 
down rivers. Could hear them so well. 


Dianne Toebe
Anchorage

Sent from my iPad

On Mar 29, 2014, at 5:21 PM, "pat AT pourchot.com" 
> wrote: 




5 of us flew to Homer today (Saturday) and the Dove showed up within about 5 
minutes of parking at the log house on west side of Cannon Ball Rd. off 7.5 
mile East End Rd in Homer. After lots of great looks we left before it did. 
Bonus birds for the day were a White-throated sparrow , golden-crowned sparrows 
and a singing No. Shrike at Portlock and Taku off 5.5 mile East End Rd,, a 
large raft of Common Eider, a small raft of Steller's Eider, all three species 
of Scoter, and Pacific Loons off west side of Spit near Hockey Rink, and 
hundreds of Long-tailed Ducks off the end of the Spit. 


Pat Pourchot
Anchorage

Subject: Gunsight Mtn Hawkwatch
From: <trapperdan AT hotmail.com>
Date: 29 Mar 2014 19:39:12 -0700
Todays Gunsight Mountain Hawk watch  Numbers.
 Clear skies, No wind, 17above when I started, and 30 above when I left.
 11 am to 3:30 pm
 

 Golden Eagles  33
 Bald Eagles  3
 Northern Goshawk 1
 

 Trapper Dan
 Anchorage, AK
 Gunsight Mountain is located at Mile 121 of the Glenn Hwy, between Palmer and 
Glennallen 

 

Subject: Mourning Dove in Homer--yes!
From: <pat AT pourchot.com>
Date: 29 Mar 2014 18:21:08 -0700
5 of us flew to Homer today (Saturday) and the Dove showed up within about 5 
minutes of parking at the log house on west side of Cannon Ball Rd. off 7.5 
mile East End Rd in Homer. After lots of great looks we left before it did. 
Bonus birds for the day were a White-throated sparrow , golden-crowned sparrows 
and a singing No. Shrike at Portlock and Taku off 5.5 mile East End Rd,, a 
large raft of Common Eider, a small raft of Steller's Eider, all three species 
of Scoter, and Pacific Loons off west side of Spit near Hockey Rink, and 
hundreds of Long-tailed Ducks off the end of the Spit. Pat Pourchot 

 Anchorage
Subject: Turnagain Sharp-shinned
From: Thede Tobish <tgtljo AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:15:37 -0800
I was surprised to find an adult male Sharp-shinned Hawk in our yard just now. 
Don't think one has been in the neighborhood this winter. 


Thede Tobish

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Subject: Must be Spring - FOS Hawk
From: <liza-s AT rocketmail.com>
Date: 28 Mar 2014 17:36:59 -0700
It must be spring. I just spent a number of minutes trying to follow a hawk 
through the Airport Heights neighborhood in Anchorage from my car. I followed 
him from Lake Otis & 16th to Airport Height Elementary to Airport Heights Drive 
and 15th until he lost me. Unfortunately Mr. Hawk didn't cooperate enough for 
me to catch up or view him in binoculars. He was just go-go-go. 


 What I could see: 1 - Looked too big to be a sharp-shinned hawk; 2 - Light 
phase, all/mostly white underneath with some thick dark bars on the tail. My 
heart wants it to be a northern harrier or rough-legged hawk - but that's 
probably just spring fever. Did anybody else see this bird? 

 

 Liza
 Anchorage, AK
 

 

Subject: Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 3-28-14
From: "Lani Raymond" <lani67 AT alaska.net>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:19:49 -0800
KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION
March 28, 2014

There has been a MOURNING DOVE up near the top of Cannonball Rd since the 25th 
and it was seen nearly every day including today (28th). Cannonball is about 
7.5 miles out East End Rd and for directions to the house and feeder, check 
AKbirding. 


And two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were seen at the corner of Portlock and Taku Rd 
(5.5 miles out East End Rd). They were also seen on Fernwood Rd last week with 
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS. Also in the area were TREE SPARROWS (4), WHITE-CROWNED 
SPARROWS and DARK-EYED JUNCOS. 


Two GREAT-BLUE HERONS were seen on the 26th at the mouth of the Harbor. Several 
folks looked again on the 27th but couldn't find them. Once nearly every year 
there are herons here for a short, too short, period of time. 


NORTHERN PINTAILS (4) were seen in Mud Bay on the 19th and some EURASIAN WIGEON 
reported there and in Beluga Slough. 


There have been two or three widely-spaced reports of SANDHILL CRANES on the 
26th. One from the Anchor Point area and the other about 18-20 miles out East 
End Rd. This is early to hear them but what a welcome sound! According to 
George West the average earliest arrival date is April 17th for those that stay 
here for the summer. 


If you hear or see any cranes, please report them to Cranewatch, 235-6262 or 
reports AT cranewatch.org. The following information is what they need: location, 
time and date, what they were doing (landing, flying high, circling, etc.), how 
many, and your email and/or phone number. Nina Faust added, Having so many 
enthusiastic craniac participants in Kachemak Crane Watch's efforts to document 
local cranes has been extremely helpful, so keep emailing and calling. Enlist 
your friends too! 




 ITS A GREAT DAY TO BIRD!
Subject: Homer Dove
From: Aaron Lang <birdingak AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:05:24 -0800
The Mourning Dove in Homer showed up at the feeder near the top of
Cannonball Road this afternoon around 4PM and was present for the rest of
the day.

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: Anchorage Gulls
From: Peter Scully <peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:02:18 -0700 (PDT)
Following Aaron's FOS Herring Gull on the Inlet yesterday, there have been at 
least a dozen gulls flying/floating up the Inlet today. The ones close enough 
to identify all appear to be Herrings. 


Happy Spring!

Peter
Subject: Dove
From: David Sonneborn <davidsonne AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:28:45 -0800
1230
No sign of dove yet
DS

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Subject: Another Great Gray Owl Near Sterling
From: Robert Tappana <akgranddad AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:41:30 -0700 (PDT)
I looked several times this weekend for the Great Gray Owl that has been 
reported on Feuding Lane in Sterling but I had no success. On Tuesday, March 
25th, I spotted and photographed another Great Gray on Robinson Loop Road just 
south of Sterling. It was on the south end of Robinson Loop (closest to 
Soldotna), between Julie Bowan Road and Moose Range Road. I first spotted it 
on the fence line on the north side of the road. After a bit it flew to the 
large stand of trees at the corner of Robinson and Moose Range. It spent the 
day in that stand of trees. 
Subject: Anchorage FOS Herring Gull and report of Morning Dove in Homer
From: Aaron Bowman <ampbowman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:49:54 -0800
While down on the coastal trail today near Westchester I saw a large 
white bird out on the ice floe which I could not make out with my 
binoculars.  I was getting my hopes up for something like a snowy owl, 
but after calling in reinforcement, W Keys with a spotting scope, it 
turned out to be a harbinger of spring, a HERRING GULL.

David Sonneborn just called with a report of a MOURNING DOVE in Homer.
Directions are: go 7.5 miles down E. End Road, turn left on Cannon 
Ball.  Not far down the road there is a log house and across the street 
is a house with feeders.  It has been hanging out in this location for a 
couple days.
If interested in more directions call David S. at 907-230-8338.

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Subject: Homer--Two White-throated Sparrows
From: Aaron Lang <birdingak AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:55:35 -0800
Dave Sonneborn and I found two snappy looking WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS at
the corner of Portlock Drive and Taku, which is about 5.5 miles out East
End Road, Homer today (3/25). They were hanging out with 4 GOLDEN-CROWNED
SPARROWS. Two blocks away in my yard our flock of 13 WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROWS, 4 TREE SPARROWS and several DARK-EYED JUNCOS continues.

Good birding,

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: Seward's Brambling
From: joe staab <staabjoe AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:33:46 -0700 (PDT)
Greetings all,

Sunday the brambling appeared at the famous accentor alley here in Seward, it 
was keeping company with boreal, black-capped and chestnut-backed chickadees. 


Joe Staab http://www.ravenshavenbandb.com/
Seward AK
Subject: Seward's Brambling
From: joe staab <staabjoe AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:32:41 -0700 (PDT)
Greetings all,

Sunday the brambling appeared at the famous accentor alley here in Seward, it 
was keeping company with boreal, black-capped and chestnut-backed chickadees. 


Joe Staab http://www.ravenshavenbandb.com/
Seward AK
Subject: PEEPs Young Artist Contest: Deadline April 26!
From: <beranek_lisa AT yahoo.com>
Date: 24 Mar 2014 12:32:50 -0700
Calling all young artists!  

 The Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenai-Peninsula-Birding-Festival/111688202199649's 
PEEPs Young Artist Contest is seeking submissions from your little John James 
Audubon! All bird themed submissions will be on display the month of May with a 
special exhibit kickoff and award ceremony. Deadline: April 26. 


 

 For more information, visit www.kenaibirdfest.com http://www.kenaibirdfest.com 
or find the festival on Facebook. 
Subject: This weekend in Chenega Bay
From: Kate McLaughlin <mclenvironmental AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:31:44 -0700 (PDT)
What a beautiful weekend! Weather clear, slight breeze to calm, lows in the 
upper 20's, high's in the low 40's. 


Speaking ofRAVEN's Carol. I had fun watching a pair on a stout spruce limb 
for a few moments yesterday. The female looked decidedly distracted from the 
male who was doing adance for her - he was all puffed up with head crests 
raised, and was raising and lowering the shoulders of his wings while rocking 
widely side to side. As his rock tilted him towards the female, a few inches 
away, he'd lowered his head and send out a loud, echoing, deep CcccROoooK! He 
was putting quite a bit of effort into his show. Mrs. gave him a glance and 
then took off, unimpressed. 


Treat of the weekend was spotting the first of the year BLACK OYSTERCATCHER who 
was foraging in the half tide pop-kelp beds with the local flock of CROWS. 


SONG SPARROW has been singing his heart out all week, along with the 
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH who I think STILL doesn't have a mate. 


Went out in the skiff briefly in the bay on Saturday afternoon. A few schools 
of bait fish around brought a few flocks of GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS and PELAGIC 
CORMORANTS (really starting to show spring breeding plumage)to gather on the 
water. With them I spotted a single HERRING GULL and a few BLACK-LEGGED 
KITTIWAKES and MEW GULLS with them. 


Hubby wasworking outside in the yard yesterday and swears! he heard a hummer 
go by. So, I've got a feeder ready to go and am placing it up early a.m. and 
taking down in evening. Earliest record I have of a Rufous Hummingbird in 
Chenega is April 23. So we'll see if we can beat that this year. 


Other birds in the neighborhood:

CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE
STELLAR'S JAY
BALD EAGLE
COMMON MERGANZER
RED-NECKED GREBE
COMMON MURRE
HARLEQUIN DUCK
BARROW'S GOLDEN-EYE
BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE
DARK-EYED JUNCO

Happy Birding,

Kate

Kate McLaughlin
McLaughlin Environmental Services
PO Box 8043
Chenega Bay, Alaska 99574
907/573-2006
http://www.akenvironmentalservices.com/
Subject: The photo section of Yahoo Groups has become a complete mess!
From: <gary_rasmussen2002 AT yahoo.com>
Date: 24 Mar 2014 07:24:47 -0700
It seems to have become useless to add photos to an existing album, on Yahoo 
Groups. Now there is no way to view the new additions in order, because the 
system scrambles the order the photos are displayed. A photo posted years ago 
may be displayed, after the first new photo! 

 

 Gary Rasmussen
 Anchorage
Subject: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Raven Entertainment
From: <c_griz AT yahoo.com>
Date: 23 Mar 2014 23:05:34 -0700
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
 Seward, Alaska
  
 For the past week, I have watched RAVENS flying overhead, carrying small 
sticks quite a distance to a hidden nest site. I wondered where they got all 
those sticks, and why, with dead sticks available on every tree, they had to 
fly at all. 

  
 This afternoon at the beach, I received one answer as I watched a pair of 
glossy Ravens actually shopping for their building supplies. Together, they 
slowly sauntered down the stick aisle, surveying an assortment of bleached, 
smooth sticks. The female fiddled with a single thin, fancy, curved stick while 
the male industriously gathered several stout timbers. With a beak crammed 
full, he took off to the construction site. 

  
 The female continued shopping, evidently very particular. She carefully added 
several sticks as she walked, all much thinner than the male's selections. 
Suddenly, she found a real treasure, a string! It was hard to pick up, but she 
managed to delicately pinch it with the very tip of her bill. I don't know how 
she could even see it, the other sticks protruded so much. Maybe she felt it 
with her tongue. 

  
 She stood for a few moments, considering the value of this unexpected prize 
and its precarious location. Then she dropped the whole load on the ground. The 
first thing she picked up was the string; mmm, it even had a knot on one end! 
Next, she regathered her load of sticks, thoughtfully reconsidered the 
placement and dropped it all. Once again, she picked up the string, and 
restacked the sticks. Now satisfied with the configuration, she flew off to 
join her mate at the nest site. I wish I could have been there to hear her tell 
the story of her incredible find. It would rival Antique Roadshow! 

  
 Meanwhile, some slackards at the Seward dump lounged about, pilfering trash 
and exclaimed over marginally edible items from the transfer facility floor. 
Others hung out on the nearby trees cracking jokes, watching for opportunity to 
knock. Then here it came. 

  
 Two majestic adult BALD EAGLES soared along the nearby mountain, then veered 
over towards the building. One wisely kept flying while the other unfortunately 
chose to land on the roof. The delighted Ravens immediately leapt into action 
and hovered just above the Eagle, riding the wind expertly. At first, Eagle 
tried to ignore them, but it was hard with their taunting jeers and those 
outstretched claws dangling so close. Eye to eye, beak to beak, separated by 
just enough air to avoid contact, the Ravens played a dangerous game of 
bravado. Whenever the Eagle glanced away, the Ravens dropped down. When the 
Eagle stretched up, the Ravens lifted higher. All in all, a very entertaining 
time for the Ravens. 

  
 I had to leave before the game was over, but guessed that it might continue 
for quite some time… or at least until the next load of garbage arrived and 
untold wonders disgorged from the truck. 

  
 Watching Ravens is never boring!
  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 For photos, please visit my blog at < http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com/>
 http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com/
  
  Check out this interesting website about ravens:
 
Subject: Unalaska spring ( at sea level)
From: Suzi Golodoff <sgolodoff AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:34:34 -0800
Dear friends and birders,

March 23, 2014

46 degrees this afternoon in Unalaska! At sea level it sure felt like spring. 
Rye grass poking up, and ducks just as handsome as can be. Harlequins downright 
flamboyant! 


But inland the Aleutians are deeply buried in snow. This morning I took a long 
slog up the back pass road, punching through soft snow up to the Ugadaga trail 
head. Wonderful gaining that expansive view down into Beaver Inlet, widening my 
world a little. Deep winter snow up there, hardly a sign of life. Full of 
emptiness. I heard a Rock Ptarmigan and saw one American Dipper. The day 
before, I explored the valley behind Summer Bay Lake, careful of sinkholes and 
the sound of running water under solid looking snow fields. Lots of dippers 
along the braided streams there. 


One more month and there will be Rough-legged Hawks and Cackling Geese and the 
first Lapland Longspurs, maybe. Meanwhile, more daylight to contemplate all 
this remaining snow. 


Here's a list of birds seen during the past week. ( nothing rare at the moment, 
just the 'usual suspects') 


Emperor Goose
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Tufted Duck
Greater Scaup
Steller's Eider
Harlequin 
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Rock Ptarmigan
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Red-faced Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Black Oystercatcher
Rock Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Belted Kingfisher
Common Raven
Pacific Wren
American Dipper
Song Sparrow
Snow Bunting
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch
Common Redpoll
 


Suzi

Suzi Golodoff
Aleutian Birding and Natural History
P.O. Box 11
Unalaska, Alaska 99685
(907) 581-1359
(907) 391-2345
Subject: Pine Siskins in Anchorage, Lake Otis/E 84th Area
From: <ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: 23 Mar 2014 17:50:11 -0700
Hi Folks, 
 

 (I feel like I preface every post by saying that I'm new to town! Moved to 
Anchorage in Nov. 2013. I've had my feeders up since January 2014. So, I'm 
still trying to determine which birds are common and when!). 

 

 I had a pair of Pine Siskins at my feeder today! My field guide shows them in 
Anchorage during summer/breeding season! A sign of spring?? They are the first 
finches I've seen at my feeders! 

 

 My usual birds continue to appear, Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees, 
Red-breasted nuthatches, Downy and Hairy woodpeckers! 

 

 Happy Birding!!!!
 

 Beth Norris
 ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net
 Lake Otis + E 84th
 Anchorage, AK

Subject: Signs of Spring
From: <wkeys AT gci.net>
Date: 23 Mar 2014 17:35:51 -0700
Earlier this week I made a quick stop at Spenard Crossing. There were 
displaying Common Goldeneyes, several Common Mergansers, and one pair of MATING 
MALLARDS! Woohoo! Spring is on the way! 


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