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18 Dec Anchorage Big Year ["kconfer12 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
18 Dec Palmer thrush ["Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
18 Dec Waxwings ["Chris Maack cmaack AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
18 Dec Aaron The Extreme High Potentate ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
17 Dec Turnagain Arm Townsend's Solitaire ["Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Dec 2014 Preliminary Mat-Su Valley CBC Results ["Bob Winckler winckler AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" ]
17 Dec December 13, 2014 Salmon-eating, mallard-beating Swans ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Dec wilson's warbler ["mossy seaside AT xyz.net [AKBirding]" ]
16 Dec Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Clever Raven! ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
16 Dec American Coot still in Homer ["Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
16 Dec CEDAR WAXWING in Homer ["Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
15 Dec Small Game (Ptarmiga) Hunting at Site Summit/Arctic Valley Ski Area ["andnichols AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
14 Dec Brown Booby update ["Matt Goff goff AT nawwal.org [Eaglechat]" ]
14 Dec Brown Booby update ["Matt Goff goff AT nawwal.org [AKBirding]" ]
14 Dec Count week in Anchorage - Merlin and American Three-Toed Woodpecker location ["steve_scordino AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
15 Dec Flicker correction ["Michael Gravier michael.gravier AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
15 Dec Flicker ["Michael Gravier michael.gravier AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Dec Northern Shrike ["cmannix AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" ]
13 Dec Christmas Bird Count Tally Party Tomorrow! ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
11 Dec Thursday, December 11, 2014 Swans and a WC Sparrow ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
11 Dec Re: Count Week Birding Anchorage (AKAN) CBC ["Frank Clemens ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
11 Dec Count Week Birding Anchorage (AKAN) CBC ["prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
10 Dec Eurasian Siskin continuing at Unalaska ["Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
09 Dec Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival: May 14-17! ["beranek_lisa AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
7 Dec Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 12-7-14 ["'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
7 Dec Chestnut-backed Chickadee-Anchorage ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
7 Dec Three-toed WP, Flicker - Anchorage ["Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
06 Dec Aaron Bowman's Big Anchorage Year ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
6 Dec Windermere Sub ["Thede Tobish tgtljo AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
05 Dec Purple Finch and Red-breasted sapsucker still in Seward ["tarbox AT ptialaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
5 Dec Re: Anchorage Spenard Crossing ["Frank Clemens ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
5 Dec American Coot in Homer ["Martin Renner great.auklet AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
5 Dec AMERICAN COOT and other goodies in Homer ["Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
5 Dec Pine Grosbeaks,Redpolls,Waxwings ["G W spinscan AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
05 Dec No Purple Finch in Seward on Wednesday ["terryjdoyle AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
05 Dec Saw-whet Owl ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
4 Dec Re: Anchorage Spenard Crossing ["Frank Clemens ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
03 Dec Anchorage Spenard Crossing ["swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
02 Dec Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Golden afternoon and G-C sparrow ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
2 Dec Sunday in Chenega Bay ["Kate McLaughlin mclenvironmental AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
02 Dec Monday, December 1, 2014 Seward Purple Finch and Red-breasted Sapsucker still here ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
02 Dec Sunday, November 30, 2014 NW Crow Choreography ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
30 Nov Eurasian Siskin at Unalaska / Dutch Harbor ["erik.hendrickson755 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
29 Nov Saturday, November 29, 2014 Seward Purple Finch still here ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
28 Nov Great horned owl ["Courtney Brown blackwolfbrown AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
28 Nov Seward, AK Purple Finch and Red-breasted Sapsucker ["kconfer12 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
28 Nov Seldovia Solitair ["Martin Renner great.auklet AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
28 Nov Kenai Flats Winter Rarities 11/27 ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
27 Nov Thursday, November 27, 2014 Homer, Alaska Peregrine Falcon! ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
27 Nov Eurasian Siskin STILL here! ["Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
26 Nov update on Eurasian Siskin in Unalaska ["Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
26 Nov Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Seward update ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
25 Nov Anchorage birding ["dalybar AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
24 Nov Anchorage mid hillside ["swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
24 Nov Seward - Resurrection Bay Boat Trip ["jherbert33 AT ymail.com [AKBirding]" ]
24 Nov Seward ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
23 Nov Late November Birds in Unalaska ["Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
23 Nov Anchorage--Kincaid Beach ["Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
23 Nov Short-eared Owl ["swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
22 Nov Homer/Kachemak Bay Birders' Trip on the Spit: 11-22-14 ["'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
22 Nov Saturday, November 23, 2014 Rare Bird Alert: Purple Finch! ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
22 Nov Robins-Anchorage ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
21 Nov Pt. Campbell (Kincaid beach) Rock Sandpipers and behavior ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
21 Nov Saw whet Owl, Rusty Blackbird at Seaside ["mossy seaside AT xyz.net [AKBirding]" ]
19 Nov Snowy Owl in Homer ["Martin Renner great.auklet AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
19 Nov Seward CBC Saturday Dec 27th ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
19 Nov Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Pacific Loon, Swans, and Magpie with flat fish ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
18 Nov Rock Sandpipers ["pat AT pourchot.com [AKBirding]" ]
18 Nov Re: Starlings ["Stephanie Kesler skesler AT gci.com [AKBirding]" ]
18 Nov Eurasian Siskin still in Unalaska ["Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
18 Nov Starlings ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Nov Re: Starling question? ["Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Nov Re: Starling question? ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Nov Re: Starling question? ["Chris Maack cmaack AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
17 Nov KILLDEER at the Anchor River ["'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
17 Nov Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 11-16-14 ["'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]

Subject: Anchorage Big Year
From: "kconfer12 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Dec 2014 23:21:54 -0800
I just wanted to send my congratulations out to Aaron B. - our local Anchorage 
area birding prodigy and all around great fellow, who recently notched his 
160th Anchorage species for the year 2014? 

 

 Number 160 for Aaron was a Townsend Solitaire and is a challenge for almost 
anywhere....let alone in Anchorage and in winter.... 

 

 160 species in a given year (2014) in Anchorage was a number that Aaron 
personally targeted and worked his literal tail off for....the Biggest 
Anchorage Big Year ever! 

 

 During a windstorm, we were all probably hunkered down by the fire waiting it 
out and reading a book, or picking up debris and/or detritus from our yards, 
but Aaron was dutifully out spotting Fork-tailed Storm Petrels and Rhinocerous 
Auklets from Point Woronzof witnessing what the wind blew in. 

 

 A literal bird whisperer he proves to be again and again and again!
 

 Congratulations Aaron!!!!

 

 Keith Confer
 Anchorage, Alaska
Subject: Palmer thrush
From: "Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:41:10 -0900
While out driving the Palmer-Wasilla Highway today I caught sight of a Turdus 
in with a large flock of Starlings. After stoping and relocating the flock by 
Equestrian Estates it was found to be only a migratorius and not a pilaris. Oh 
well, no early Christmas present for me. (-: 


Isaac Helmericks
Palmer



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Subject: Waxwings
From: "Chris Maack cmaack AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:10:12 -0900
The E. Thunderbird Terrace neighborhood got the Invasion of the Berry Snatchers 
this morning. My street had two and a half tree-loads, and as I walked west 
along the Chester Creek bike trail, more flocks jingled overhead on their way 
to the same general area. My ancient chokecherry was being assaulted by the 
time I returned home, with many berries ending up on the lawn where every 
single one of them will germinate. 


To top it off, I saw a dipper along the creek near Lake Otis. I walk this 
stretch at least once a week and see a dipper perhaps twice a year. 


Feeling merry,

Chris Maack
Anchorage
Subject: Aaron The Extreme High Potentate
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Dec 2014 00:13:07 -0800
Whoa! Congratulations on 161, Aaron! Way to Go! You have set the bar high, and 
you might as well start celebrating now because a year from today your record 
will be toast! The Gauntlet is Down! 

 

 On another note, we'll have the Anchorage Christmas Bird Count results as soon 
as a few software accuracy issues are resolved. The spreadsheet showed 
sightings of 147 Ivory-billed Woodpeckers which are being questioned by the 
official records committee. 

 

 w keys
 spenard
Subject: Turnagain Arm Townsend's Solitaire
From: "Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:03:30 -0900
I was talking to Dick Prentki at the CBC potluck last Sunday.  He 
mentioned a good way to see a Townsend's Solitaire was to head down the 
Turnagain Arm to Windy Corner and stop at every pull-out south of there 
for a couple miles and scan the slopes and ridges with a scope. A 
brilliant idea, I though, to try to tick my 160th Anchorage year bird 
and thus reach my goal (161 if you count that probable Sooty Shearwater 
I saw from Woronzof in May).
So today, everything aligned perfectly for my son to nap at just the 
right time, and me to hit the road in a quest for the Townsend's. He 
would not be very impressed with my stopping as I scanned the slopes if 
he were awake.

In short, I did find one from a pullout just before the Indian Valley 
Mine (about mile 104.5).  It was a distant but definitive TOWNSEND'S 
SOLITAIRE perched part way up the slope near the top of a stunted 
cottonwood. A nice sharp slender gray-brown bird flashing a rusty wing 
patch as it spun off of its perch.  Another bird flew by high up the 
slope, before I had my scope set up, that also looked good for a 
Townsend's S.

A Big thanks to Dick for telling me about this angle on finding one of 
the harder "regular" species for the Anchorage muni!

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage










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Subject: 2014 Preliminary Mat-Su Valley CBC Results
From: "Bob Winckler winckler AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:36:13 -0900
Hi Birders,

Here are the preliminary results for the Matanuska Valley 2014 Audubon 
Christmas Bird Count, held on December 14, 2014. We had 38 Field Counters out 
and about our Count Circle, which is centered at the intersection of Old Trunk 
Road/Stringfield Road and the Palmer-Wasilla Highway. And, we had 18 Feeder 
Counters toting up the birds seen at their feeders. 


These results are still subject to approval by Alaska’s Audubon CBC Regional 
Editor. 


Mallard						585
Common Goldeneye			    2
Ruffed Grouse					    1
Bald Eagle - Adult 111/Imm 59	170		New high count - previous: 143 in 2013
Rock Pigeon					  45
Great Horned Owl			Count Week
Downy Woodpecker			  19
Hairy Woodpecker				  13
American Three-toed Woodpecker    1
Northern Shrike				    2
Gray Jay						  10
Black-billed Magpie			116
Common Raven				739		Stopped counting at 12 noon
Black-capped Chickadee			609		Including 8 w/deformed beaks
Boreal Chickadee				    1		
Red-breasted Nuthatch			  62		New high count - previous: 52 in 2009
Brown Creeper				    1
American Dipper				    5
American Robin				    2
European Starling				206
Bohemian Waxwing		      2121
Snow Bunting					300
American Tree Sparrow			    1
White-crowned Sparrow		Count Week
Dark-eyed Junco				  12
Rusty Blackbird 				  22		All seen in two adjoining trees
Pine Grosbeak					180
White-winged Crossbill			    7
Common Redpoll				321
Pine Siskin					    2

TOTAL SPECIES SEEN ON COUNT DAY - 28
TOTAL BIRDS SEEN ON COUNT DAY - 5,555

Cheers & Happy Holidays
Bob Winckler
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Subject: December 13, 2014 Salmon-eating, mallard-beating Swans
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Dec 2014 19:34:11 -0800
Seward, Alaska

  
 The Lagoon by Benny Benson Park on Dairy Hill Lane was packed with birds on 
Saturday. Thin ice over much of the Lagoon restricted waterfowl at the north 
end to a narrow lead of open water. MALLARDS, COMMON GOLDENEYES, and BUFFLEHEAD 
warily watched the BALD EAGLES lurking in the nearby spruce, standing in the 
shallow water, fighting over scraps, and flying suspiciously low overhead. 

  
 The THAYER’S GULL and several GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS picked through the 
ragged and pitiful remains of the silver salmon bounty. RAVENS and NORTHWESTERN 
CROWS strode about like treasure hunters with invisible metal detectors, 
looking for anything remotely edible or enviable. 

  
 The main attraction, however, was the famous local TRUMPETER SWAN family of 
six. The huge birds certainly stood out as the overwhelming stars of the scene. 
One cygnet lay casually on the snow-dusted shore, its orangish webbed foot 
sticking out as if to air, or perhaps thermo-regulate. 

  
 I glanced over at one of the adults who was busy at work on long, worn-out 
gray rag, chomping it with its strong black bill, then beating it on the ground 
like laundry. Another cygnet stood nearby, watching with interest. I looked 
closer and was stunned to see the rag was an old salmon carcass. I knew 
mallards loved to eat salmon eggs and nibble on carcasses, but I never have 
seen an elegant swan eat salmon, dead or alive. Times must be tough for the 
royalty! 

  
 After picking off any possible scraps from the sorry carcass, the swans 
drifted off to join the rest of the family in the water. Watched closely by a 
drooling young Bald Eagle wading nearby, the swans scoured the bottom for 
calories. A drake mallard, one of many scouting for stray scraps, apparently 
got too close to one cygnet. The swan grabbed the mallard by the tail and gave 
him a thorough thrashing, almost to the point of drowning him. Finally, the 
hapless drake escaped, water streaming off its waterproof head and back. 

  
 Afterwards, the cygnet rose up and stretched those magnificent angel wings, 
stroking them back and forth as if to take off like a dabbler. More mallards 
swam past, oblivious and apparently clueless to personal space issues. The 
young eagle learned a lesson on messing with swans. He didn’t. 

  
 The satisfied cygnet folded its wings like origami and peace returned as 
mallard feathers floated serenely around the crime scene. 

  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
  
 For a series of photos, please visit my blog at 
 < http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com/>
  
  
  
  
  
 
  
 

Subject: wilson's warbler
From: "mossy seaside AT xyz.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:48:01 -0900
On Friday, dec 12th a male wilson's warbler was in my yard at Seaside Farm in 
Homer, watched half an hour, tried taking some photos. Homer birders welcome to 
come browse my yard for Christmas count week wilson warbler sighting, hope he's 
still around. Mossy 


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Subject: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Clever Raven!
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Dec 2014 22:33:37 -0800
Seward, Alaska
  
 Sunrise 9:57 am, sunset 3:49 pm for a total day length of 5 hours and 51 
minutes. Tomorrow will be 51 seconds shorter. 

  
 Rain continues with variations on heavy to light but with temps stuck in the 
low 30s, the roads have been icy. Snow is a maybe for the next several days, 
clouds seem certain, and rain is quite likely. 

  
 About an hour before sunset, the birds were very busy gobbling up cold Mt Ash 
berries to tide them over the long, chilly night. BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, PINE 
GROSBEAKS, PINE SISKINS, ROBINS, and VARIED THRUSHES mobbed the trees by AVTEC. 
Their chirring, whistling, zzzzzing, scolding, and clucks filled the air. 
Suddenly, it became quiet as most of the songbirds flashed away. A raptor? No, 
a couple of RAVENS. The ravens took over the trees, smacking down the berries. 

  
 One raven was especially clever. She perched on a sturdy branch and gently 
pulled on the middle of a thin, wiggly branch laden with a cluster of berries 
at the end. Carefully, she brought it closer and wedged the branch against 
another. Then she was able to easily pluck off the berries. Whenever the branch 
got loose and snapped back, the patient raven once again pulled it back and 
wedged it. How did this bird figure out this technique? It was just amazing to 
watch. 

  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
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 http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com/
 

Subject: American Coot still in Homer
From: "Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:51:28 -0900
The AMERICAN COOT is still present in Homer at the previously reported
location in Beluga Slough (12/16).

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: CEDAR WAXWING in Homer
From: "Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:58:27 -0900
There was one CEDAR WAXWING with 50 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in a mountain ash
tree at the corner of Pioneer and Heath in Homer at 12:30 PM today (12/16).
I believe this is the first report for Homer this winter?

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: Small Game (Ptarmiga) Hunting at Site Summit/Arctic Valley Ski Area
From: "andnichols AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Dec 2014 13:46:11 -0800
Hello Everyone!
 

 Yesterday morning around 10:15am, I found two individuals Ptarmigan hunting on 
the west side of Tokle Creek, directly across from the ski slope/lodge at 
Arctic Valley. I approached these individuals to inform them that IAW JBER 
policy and Fish & Game Management Unit 14C restrictions, Small Game Hunting is 
prohibited in the Tokle Creek Drainage, to include the Site Summit and Arctic 
Valley Ski Areas. They both insisted they were within their legal rights to 
hunt this area, and stated a friend of theirs "bagged" six Willow Ptarmigan 
last week in the same area. I, again, re-stated JBER and Fish & Game 
regulations, to which they both ignored. I told them I would report them to the 
Arctic Valley Ski Club, the JBER Conservation Office, and the Alaska State 
Wildlife Troopers. They accused me of harassment and intimidation and left the 
area. I later contacted Alaska Fish & Game Safeguard 
(http://dps.alaska.gov/awt/safeguard.aspx) to report the incident and they 
immediately put me in contact with a Wildlife Trooper who confirmed that this 
entire area is off-limits to ALL hunting. The Wildlife Trooper said he would 
visit the area today to have a look around. I also contacted the Chief of 
Conservation Law Enforcement at JBER (907-552-9453) and received this response: 

 "Thank you for the information. You are correct, the Tokle Creek drainage is 
closed to hunting and most of the area on JBER between Arctic Valley Rd. and 
the Glenn Hwy. is closed to all recreation. We will increase patrols in that 
area. I appreciate you taking the time to report this to us." 

 

 The Arctic Valley Ski Lodge staff will also keep an eye and ear out for 
illegal hunting activity. Please pass this info along and be alert to illegal 
hunting activity in the Arctic Valley Ski Area and report violations 
immediately to the agencies referenced below. 

 

 Thank you!
 

 Alex & Diana Nichols
 

 Alaska Fish & Game Safeguard: Report Violations - 1-800-478-3377 
http://dps.alaska.gov/awt/safeguard.aspx 
http://dps.alaska.gov/awt/safeguard.aspx) 

 

 JBER Office of Conservation Law Enforcement: 907-552-9453 or Military Police 
Duty Cell Phone: 907-903-6892 (hours are 0630-0030 seven days a week) 

 

 Military Conservation Agent Standby Cell Phone: 907-947-1145 (monitored after 
normal business hours, weekends, and holidays) 


  
Subject: Brown Booby update
From: "Matt Goff goff AT nawwal.org [Eaglechat]" <Eaglechat-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:27:17 -0900
Several folks had expressed interest to me in hearing updates about the
Brown Booby that was brought in to Sitka.

I've posted what will probably be the last update with some photos.
http://www.sitkanature.org/wordpress/2014/12/14/brown-booby-final-update/

The short version is, the bird was sent to International Bird Rescue in
Southern California back in mid-November. As of early December it seemed to
be doing well.

Thanks to Jen Cedarleaf of the Alaska Raptor Center for passing on the
updates.

Thanks!

Matt Goff
Sitka
Subject: Brown Booby update
From: "Matt Goff goff AT nawwal.org [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:27:17 -0900
Several folks had expressed interest to me in hearing updates about the
Brown Booby that was brought in to Sitka.

I've posted what will probably be the last update with some photos.
http://www.sitkanature.org/wordpress/2014/12/14/brown-booby-final-update/

The short version is, the bird was sent to International Bird Rescue in
Southern California back in mid-November. As of early December it seemed to
be doing well.

Thanks to Jen Cedarleaf of the Alaska Raptor Center for passing on the
updates.

Thanks!

Matt Goff
Sitka
Subject: Count week in Anchorage - Merlin and American Three-Toed Woodpecker location
From: "steve_scordino AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Dec 2014 21:46:02 -0800
On Friday, I saw a Merlin chasing Redpolls from the parking lot of Potter's 
Marsh at 10:23 AM. I expected one to be found during today's count, but I guess 
it is a Count Week bird instead since none were seen today. 


Today, I counted two American Three-Toed Woodpeckers in Russian Jack park. The 
birds were located in the northwest part of the park. The GPS locations were 
entered in eBird: 61.2061, -149.7924; 61.2065, -149.7931. The second location 
is on Pine Street, I saw it from the sidewalk. 

 

Subject: Flicker correction
From: "Michael Gravier michael.gravier AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:33:34 +0000 (UTC)
 I earlier posted a RS Flicker at my home in south Anchorage.  I have 
consulted my bird book and am now not so sure. The under wing looked darker, 
but light was not good.  This bird definitely had a red crescent on the back 
of the head. I now believe this is a YS Flicker. Please help with the ID 
and Sorry for the confusion. Mike Gravier 

Subject: Flicker
From: "Michael Gravier michael.gravier AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 01:13:29 +0000 (UTC)
 Hope this bird was also spotted by Christmas bird count group. A RS Flicker at 
my feeder on Elmore Rd just north of South High School at 3:43 PM 14 Dec 

First time I have seen here so quite a surprise. Mike Gravier
Subject: Northern Shrike
From: "cmannix AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Dec 2014 13:18:09 -0800
Lots of excitement at the feeder this morning when a Northern Shrike paid a 
visit. We watched for fifteen minutes as it chased chickadees,redpolls, and 
nuthatches around the yard. It's faint brown color on the face leads me to 
think it was an immature. 

 Chris Mannix
 Talkeetna
Subject: Christmas Bird Count Tally Party Tomorrow!
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Dec 2014 11:38:06 -0800
The Christmas Bird Count 
 Tally Party and Chili Feed
 is
 This Sunday, Dec. 14
 at 5:30 pm
 

 Sunday's Christmas Bird Count is TOMORROW! There's still time to get on board 
as a Feeder Watcher which is an hugely important part of the effort. 

 All you have to do is watch your feeders and report the results to your area 
leader. 

 The Anchorage Audubon Chili Feed and Tally Party takes place at the UAA 
Student Union at 5:30pm. Park near the Book Store, and head downstairs to the 
Student Union. 

 We'll all have chili, cornbread, and whatever anyone chooses to bring to add 
to the table. 

 At 6:30, we'll poll the area leaders and put the results up on the big screen 
for all to see in Real Time! It'll be even more exciting that Election Central. 

 It's the biggest national Birding Event of the year, and we hope you can be 
part of it. 

 

 

Subject: Thursday, December 11, 2014 Swans and a WC Sparrow
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Dec 2014 18:06:01 -0800
Seward, Alaska

  
 Sunrise 9:51 am, sunset 3:50 pm for a total day length of 5 hours and 58 
minutes. Tomorrow will be 1 minute and 43 seconds shorter. 

  
 After several weeks of balmy but rainy weather with temperatures in the low to 
mid 40s, the sky cleared last night. The waning morning moon lingered in Lowell 
Canyon, bidding farewell to the starry night. The sleepy sun finally rose, 
ushering in a sweet dawn, tingeing the snowy mountaintops pink. The clear skies 
lowered temps to the 30s today; tomorrow’s forecast is for mid-20s then a 
return to rain or snow for next week. 

  
 After not finding the TRUMPETER SWAN family since November 26, they suddenly 
reappeared on December 9th to thawing ponds and resumed feeding on bottom 
vegetation. I found them on the ol' nesting grounds at Mile 1 Nash Road where 
half the wetlands were still frozen. 

  
 The four 6-month old cygnets are as large as the adults, and white adult 
feathers peeked through the juvenile gray plumage. The adults still guarded 
over them, watching for dangers, but often all six heads were submerged. They 
are a very competent and capable family. 

  
 It’s anyone’s guess where they go, and when they will finally migrate to 
more predictable wintering grounds. Keep an eye out on Kenai River by Cooper 
Landing for a family of 6 where swans are often found overwintering. 

  
 I looked for the PURPLE FINCH at Ava’s but instead found a WHITE-CROWNED 
SPARROW this time. Thanks to Dave S for verification. 

  
 Town is just loaded with birds, feasting on Mt Ash berries. The BOHEMIAN 
WAXWINGS chime like tiny bells; PINE GROSBEAKS call musically to each other. I 
counted at least 20 ROBINS sitting quietly in a cottonwood while unseen VARIED 
THRUSHES sang their spring song. A small flock of PINE SISKINS flew in to 
decorate the treetops. DARK-EYED JUNCOS chased each other through the branches. 
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS flew overhead from one spruce spire to the next to 
enjoy the tiny seeds. A tiny PACIFIC WREN boldly scolded from dense shrubs. 

  
 Robin C reported a EUROPEAN STARLING hanging out with the robins. May any 
raptor please enjoy it for a special treat. 

  
 After all that rain, BALD EAGLES perched on every power pole, sometimes three 
abreast, hanging their soggy wings out to dry. I counted at least 20 eagles 
along the Lagoon. The RUSTY BLACKBIRDS are still on the north side of the 
Lagoon, creaking and whistling in the alders. The MAGPIES and STELLER’S JAYS 
like to chase them off. The EAGLES just sit and watch, wings drooping, even as 
RAVENS sit and watch the eagles from an annoyingly close but safe distance. 

  
 Feeders filled with sunflower seeds and suet are greatly appreciated during 
these short days and long chilly nights. The joy of seeing these inspiring, 
beautiful, mysterious and fascinating birds is well worth the effort. 

  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 For photos, please visit my blog at < http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com/>
 
  
 

Subject: Re: Count Week Birding Anchorage (AKAN) CBC
From: "Frank Clemens ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:55:23 -0900
I was on the goose today; it was upstream of the road where the trail starts on 
the south side of the creek between 1:30 and 2:30. 


Frank

> On Dec 11, 2014, at 3:47 PM, prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Time to be looking for those irregularities/ rarities that might not show 
Sunday December 14—Count Day. 

> 
>  
> 
> Here’s my start for today: a pair of Common Goldeneyes flying west across 
the Spenard Crossing and Eastchester Lagoon, plus an American Wigeon among the 
Mallards at Cuddy Pond. Did not see the Cackling/Canada Goose reported on ebird 
December 9 at Spenard Crossing. 

> 
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> 
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> Prentki AT acsalaska.net
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Subject: Count Week Birding Anchorage (AKAN) CBC
From: "prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:47:29 -0900
Time to be looking for those irregularities/ rarities that might not show
Sunday December 14-Count Day.

 

Here's my start for today:  a pair of Common Goldeneyes flying west across
the Spenard Crossing and Eastchester Lagoon, plus an American Wigeon among
the Mallards at Cuddy Pond.  Did not see the Cackling/Canada Goose reported
on ebird December 9 at Spenard Crossing.

 

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Subject: Eurasian Siskin continuing at Unalaska
From: "Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:05:05 -0900
The Eurasian Siskin has been in Unalaska four weeks tomorrow. It is still with 
the White-winged Crossbills, frequenting the scattered spruce trees around 
town. 


Suzi

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Subject: Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival: May 14-17!
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Date: 09 Dec 2014 14:33:36 -0800
Mark your calendar for the 2015 Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival May 14-17th!
 

 To get updates on upcoming events, Kenai River Float Trip openings and more, 
follow the festival on Facebook: Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival 
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Subject: Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 12-7-14
From: "'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 11:25:34 -0900
KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION: December 7, 2014

FYI: Homer's Christmas Bird Count is going to be Saturday, December 20th. 
Meet at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center at 8:30 am for tea/coffee and 
breakfast items and, of course, to also get your area and team assignments. 
Return at 4:30 to tally numbers and for a potluck dinner.  Dave Erickson is 
the coordinator.  If you'd like to help us, come on down!  For sure we'll 
have good birds!!

Warmer weather has returned to Homer, not actually having left for too long; 
this morning starting at 45 degrees.  So many great birds it's hard to know 
where to start!

On Dec. 5th Martin Renner spotted an AMERICAN COOT at the highway end of 
Beluga Slough. It was been seen again by several people and on the 6th as 
well. He noticed it because of how it was feeding!  Only three previous 
records here, the last one in 2007.  Also in the Slough: RUSTY BLACKBIRDS 
(33), RING-NECKED DUCK (1), NORTHERN SHOVELERS (2).

On Nov. 19th a SNOWY OWL was seen at Green Timbers out on the Spit.  There 
were no further reports after that date, unfortunately.  In Mud Bay an 
EURASIAN WIGEON was seen with AMERICAN  WIGEON (2) on Dec. 1st. The largest 
count of ROCK SANDPIPERS so far as been 900.

In town there continue to be reports of a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE up near the 
hospital.  One location given was on Cityview between Main St and Hohe St.; 
another location was near the Pratt. Also in that area up to 300 BOHEMIAN 
WAXWINGS and large flocks of AMERICAN ROBINS.

A RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was reported up above the Bear Creek Rd and reports 
of some GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS up there also. RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS in the 
Seaside Farm area and out East End Rd on Fernwood.  PINE GROSBEAKS, HAIRY 
and DOWNIE WOODPECKERS also in that area.

At the Anchor River on Nov. 17th a KILLDEER and SANDERLINGS(2) were seen. 
On Dec. 2nd one SANDERLING, SNOW BUNTINGS (60), and ROCK SANDPIPERS (50) 
were reported.

In the Knob Hill area of the North Fork Road the following have been 
reported recently: WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS (one group of 100), COMMON 
REDPOLLS (25), PINE SISKINS, PINE GROSBEAKS, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, NORTHERN 
SHRIKE.


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Subject: Chestnut-backed Chickadee-Anchorage
From: "davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 01:17:43 -0500
Lisa H called me that she had one at her feeder Friday, Dec. 15. She was  
hoping it would come back for a photo. I haven't heard back from her.
DS
Subject: Three-toed WP, Flicker - Anchorage
From: "Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 02:31:12 +0000 (UTC)
There were two Three-toed Woodpeckers along the Mellen's Way trail at Far North 
Bicentennial Park this afternoon.  


Also had a Northern Flicker in my yard on Knik Ave in Turnagain.  Likely the 
same bird reported from a few blocks away a couple weeks ago.  


-Peter
Subject: Aaron Bowman's Big Anchorage Year
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Dec 2014 15:48:27 -0800
This Thursday, Anchorage Audubon presents another fabulous birding talk, and 
this one will be a total Christmas treat! Aaron Bowman, Anchorage Audubon's 
Field Trip Czar, has been on a year-long quest to do an Anchorage Big Year. 
It's nearly over, and Aaron will share his quest with us at this month's 
meeting and program. 

 During 2014, Aaron has scoured the Municipality and has found at least one 
"First Ever Anchorage Bird" which turned up on the foulest day of the year. 
Only Aaron would have even left the safety of his house on that day! 

 Aaron's Big Year is a glimpse into what we can all find without leaving our 
own back yard, and it's an evening you won't want to miss. 7:00 pm at the BP 
Energy Center. 

 Thursday's Program will also include last-minute details about next Sunday's 
Anchorage Christmas Bird Count, and we hope you'll join us for both events. 

 

 Full Information about the Christmas Bird Count can be found on the Anchorage 
Audubon Website (www.anchorageaudubon dot org). The CBC is FREE again this 
year, and although signing up online in advance is not required, it will make 
everybody's day more pleasant. Anchorage always has one of the highest 
participations in the nation for the CBC, and we hope you'll join the effort 
again this year. 

 

Subject: Windermere Sub
From: "Thede Tobish tgtljo AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 11:44:21 -0900
The Windermere subdivision was pretty birdy late AM on Sat. 40+ robins, nice 
flock of juncos along with usual stuff. Most birds were in the south half of 
the area, west of Arctic between Tudor and International. 


Thede Tobish

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Subject: Purple Finch and Red-breasted sapsucker still in Seward
From: "tarbox AT ptialaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Dec 2014 20:11:18 -0800
Four of us went to Seward today to see if we could get lucky with the purple 
finch and red-breasted sapsucker. We were very lucky and got both birds but it 
took some work and a few phone calls to Carol G. and a run in meeting with 
Terry M. 

 

 We got to Ava's about 10:30 and pine grosbeaks were abundant but we could not 
find the purple finch after waiting and looking for 30 mins. We then moved to 
5th and Madison to look for the sapsucker and waited 30 more mins without any 
success. We then decided to check out the general area with no luck but there 
were some nice birds on the Bay - goldeneyes, marbled murrelets, H. ducks, 
pelagic cormorants, common mergansers, etc. 

 

 Then it was back to Ava's around 12:30 pm and started looking again. The 
grosbeaks were back and after another 30 mins the purple finch just showed up 
in the trees across from Ava's house. We had good looks in the tree but then it 
flew down to the ground in front of Ava's feeders. It stays just a short time 
and then the whole flock of grosbeaks and the purple finch took off. They were 
very skittish.. 

 

 Then around 1:30 pm we headed back to 5th and sat for another 30 mins. Decided 
to tour the neighborhood again with no luck. Carol had indicated she saw the 
bird around 2 pm the day before so we made a quick circle of the block and when 
we returned the red-breasted sapsucker was feeding away. We watched him for 
around 20 mins before he flew off to the south. 

 

 So it was a combination of luck and patience that paid off for us. Again, 
thanks to Carol and Terry for their input. 

 

 Ken and Connie Tarbox, Bev and George Kirsch 
Subject: Re: Anchorage Spenard Crossing
From: "Frank Clemens ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 17:19:30 -0900
Here are a couple of pictures of the goose that I saw at Spenard Crossing
if anyone wants to weigh in on ID; my thoughts are that it's a Canada.


On Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM, Frank Clemens  wrote:


> There was a goose at Spenard Crossing,  again, today. It didn't vocalize,
> except to hiss at the ADF&G tech that was trying to get it to take food out
> of his hand so he could grab it, but the bill seemed better for Canada than
> Cackling. The tech was trying to get ahold of it because they were afraid
> that it my be unable to fly. It shifted it's wings but never lifted them,
> walked every where, and allowed cautious approach within 5-6 feet before it
> would move off just a little further.
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Dec 3, 2014, at 4:50 PM, swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding] <
> AKBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> At about noon today there was a single forlorn looking Cackling Goose at
> the Spenard crossing.
>
> Also, a couple of good sized flocks of Bohemian Waxwings and the usual
> slug of Mallards.
>
>
> Steve W.
>
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>
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Subject: American Coot in Homer
From: "Martin Renner great.auklet AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:59:55 -0900
Cycling across the causeway between Beluga Slough and Beluga Lake , I noticed a 
bird among the many Mallards jump to reach some high hanging grass seeds. Ducks 
don't jump! Out came an AMERICAN COOT. No binoculars with me, but it was close 
enough to see the white spots on the undertail, so it wasn't of Eurasien 
origin. 


Martin 


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Subject: AMERICAN COOT and other goodies in Homer
From: "Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 16:27:23 -0900
The highlight of today's birding in Homer was an AMERICAN COOT in Beluga
Slough found by Martin Renner around 12:30 PM. I viewed the bird from
1-1:30 PM from the bike path along the road. The bird was hanging out near
the culvert that comes out of Beluga Lake. The tide was high and the entire
Slough was flooded so it was very easy to see it. There are at least 3
other Homer Coot records, all from Beluga Lake (October 1988, October 1989,
and 2 birds in late October 2007). Beluga Lake now has a small open water
spot in the center of it where a few Buffleheads and Common Goldeneye are
now congregating. If this warm weather continues more of the lake will soon
open and it would be a good spot to look for the coot if it can't be found
in the slough.

Other birds of note at the Slough were a female RING-NECKED DUCK (late) and
a pair of NORTHERN SHOVELERS, also quite late. While I was watching the
Coot 7 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS flew into the flooded forest near the RV dump
station and landed in the dead trees. I scoped them for a bit, then turned
my attention back to the water birds. Just before I left 33 RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS flew out of this forest and headed east toward the base of the
spit!

Earlier in the day there was a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE in a mountain ash tree
at the Pratt Museum with a large flock of AMERICAN ROBINS and BOHEMIAN
WAXWINGS.

Mossy's Seaside Farm still has at least 3 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and there's
still one in my neighborhood as well. This isn't your typical December bird
list!

Good birding,

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: Pine Grosbeaks,Redpolls,Waxwings
From: "G W spinscan AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:24:07 -0800
Today fri the 5th Dec. At around 1pm. Saw here on Round tree Anchorage ...15-20 
pine grosbeaks and 30 ish redpolls. Havn't seen either of them here for the 
last few years.  Had a quick visit of about 20-30 waxwings and 10 -15 white 
winged cross bills.. Also the regular chickadees (B and BC) 
,nutchatches,magpies and downey wps. Did someone talk to Thede about Grosbeaks 
or Redpolls? 


G wohlgemuth

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Subject: No Purple Finch in Seward on Wednesday
From: "terryjdoyle AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Dec 2014 01:29:23 -0800
I spent the afternoon from about 12:30 to 4 pm at Ava's on Wednesday with no 
sign of the Purple Finch. Ava hadn't seen the finch yet that day. New at her 
feeders in the last week included Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Tree Sparrow, 
Golden-crowned Sparrow, and Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Juncos. There was also a 
female Belted Kingfisher across the road. Ava also had a blackbird in her yard 
on Tuesday, but no sign of that either. 

 

 Terry Doyle
 Anchorage, AK
Subject: Saw-whet Owl
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Dec 2014 10:15:28 -0800
Wednesday evening, I asked Thede if he had heard any Saw-whet owls lately, and 
he said no. Later Wednesday night, I made a trip to the Woronzof area that has 
sometimes been productive, but I got nothing. This morning at 5:42 am, one of 
the little guys decided to start singing very close to my bedroom window, and 
continued for 20 minutes or so. It looks like you only have to talk to Thede 
about a bird and it will show up. 

 

 w keys
 Spenard
Subject: Re: Anchorage Spenard Crossing
From: "Frank Clemens ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 16:36:18 -0900
There was a goose at Spenard Crossing, again, today. It didn't vocalize, except 
to hiss at the ADF&G tech that was trying to get it to take food out of his 
hand so he could grab it, but the bill seemed better for Canada than Cackling. 
The tech was trying to get ahold of it because they were afraid that it my be 
unable to fly. It shifted it's wings but never lifted them, walked every where, 
and allowed cautious approach within 5-6 feet before it would move off just a 
little further. 


Sent from my iPad

> On Dec 3, 2014, at 4:50 PM, swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding] 
 wrote: 

> 
> At about noon today there was a single forlorn looking Cackling Goose at the 
Spenard crossing. 

> 
> Also, a couple of good sized flocks of Bohemian Waxwings and the usual slug 
of Mallards. 

> 
> 
> 
> Steve W.
> 
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Subject: Anchorage Spenard Crossing
From: "swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Dec 2014 17:50:49 -0800
At about noon today there was a single forlorn looking Cackling Goose at the 
Spenard crossing. 


 Also, a couple of good sized flocks of Bohemian Waxwings and the usual slug of 
Mallards. 

 

 Steve W.

Subject: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Golden afternoon and G-C sparrow
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Dec 2014 22:09:02 -0800
Seward, Alaska
 

 After a very wet sn’rainy morning of white rain, the dark clouds suddenly 
lifted up and let the golden sun ride its rim across the southern sky. Fog 
drifted off the mountains and spruce trees. By early afternoon, blue sky 
appeared in ragged holes in the clouds and sunbeams warmed the body and spirit. 
So beautiful! 

 

 The first sizeable flock of SNOW BUNTINGS for this winter, about 16, flew high 
overhead with the snowy mountains for a backdrop. Over 100 COMMON MERGANSERS 
paddled in unison south of the Uplands, with several MARBLED MURRELETS a bit 
farther out, and 25+ PELAGIC CORMORANTS (said to be solitary!) rafted up, 
chasing small fish. MEW GULLS sat on pilings waiting for opportunity to knock. 

 

 I looked for the Purple Finch at Ava’s among all the PINE GROSBEAKS, but 
found a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW instead. The usual guests were busy at her 
feeders: HAIRY and DOWNY WOODPECKERS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, and RED-BREASTED 
NUTHATCHES. 

 

 At the end of the afternoon, I found the RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER busy at work, 
probably glad it stopped snowing. 

 

 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 
 
 Seward, Alaska
 for photos, please visit my blog at 
 

Subject: Sunday in Chenega Bay
From: "Kate McLaughlin mclenvironmental AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 16:27:59 +0000 (UTC)
Hello Birders,
It's been pretty wet, rainy and chilly out here in western Prince William Sound 
for most of the month.  Yesterday was a beautiful day though, frosty, calm and 
clear.  Glad we got out in the skiff on the bay to enjoy the weather because 
its grey and snowing this a.m. 

In the calm early a.m. hours I've been hearing birds flying high overhead, 
sounding a two-toned, high pitched call.  The sound comes from the high slopes 
of the mountains, then overhead, then the sound fades as it goes over the 
passage.  Wait....here come a few more - strain to see in the bare light if I 
can make out any shapes - but it is still too dark.  I get online and ask the 
bird guru's what it could be -  my guess is supported by Carol Griswold's 
supposition that I'm hearing marbled murelets leaving their roosts and heading 
out to open water to feed.   And when we got out into the bay, sure enough, I 
spotted a few pairs of MARBLED MURELETS feeding along with:GLAUCOUS-WINGED 
GULLSMEW GULLSBLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKEBALD EAGLERED-BREASTED MERGANSERSURF 
SCOTERBARROW'S GOLDEN-EYEPELAGIC CORMORANTRED-NECKED GREBE 

lots of song birds around.  Large flocks of PINE SISKINS and a few CROSSBILLS 
in the tops of the spruces.GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETCHESTNUT-BACKED 
CHICKADEESTELLAR JAYCROWRAVENGREAT BLUE HERONSONG SPARROWSHARP-SHINNED HAWK - 
spotted him trying for the golden crowned kinglets 

On Sat. I also spotted around the creeks and shores in the 
village:MALLARDHARLEQUINBELTED-KINGFISHERBLACK-BILLED MAGPIEBUFFLEHEAD DUCK 

Happy Birding,
Kate McLaughlin Environmental ServicesPO Box 8043Chenega Bay, Alaska 
99574907/573-2006www.akenvironmentalservices.com  
Subject: Monday, December 1, 2014 Seward Purple Finch and Red-breasted Sapsucker still here
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Dec 2014 00:11:50 -0800
Robin C spotted the PURPLE FINCH at Ava's this afternoon in a small snowstorm, 
feeding with the PINE GROSBEAKS in the Mayday tree. With our new snow cover, 
hopefully it will hang around. 

 

 Also late this afternoon, I enjoyed watching the RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER tap 
optimistically on the old Mt Ash tree on Fifth Ave north of Madison. I sure 
wish him all the luck he will need to survive. 

 

 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
Subject: Sunday, November 30, 2014 NW Crow Choreography
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Dec 2014 00:07:53 -0800
Seward, Alaska

  
 As the shadows lengthened into dusk yesterday afternoon, I enjoyed watching 
the industrious NORTHWESTERN CROWS at the Greenbelt beach. The tide was out and 
the table set. The crows enacted a rhythmic vertical ballet as one after the 
other flew high, paused, then plummeted back to the beach. I had to look 
closely to see the other participant in this performance, a small blue mussel 
free-falling just ahead of the pursuing crow. 

  
 Once landed, the crows took a few seconds to toss back the treat served on a 
half-shell, then carefully selected another blue mussel. They quickly tore the 
strong byssal thread anchor lines and plucked the once-sessile mollusk from its 
rocky anchorage. Suddenly airborne, the mussel became a mini-astronaut, then a 
missile, then dinner. Eeeeeeeeee! Quite an exciting finale for a humble clam. 

  
 It was fascinating to observe their graceful and clever use of gravity and 
hard rocks to loosen the blue mussel’s tenacious lock. 

  
 According to the USDA, mussels are low in calories and fat but high in protein 
and many essential vitamins and minerals, especially B-12, selenium, and 
manganese. One medium blue mussel has only 12 calories, so those crows are 
working pretty hard! 

  
 Salmon, however, are much more calorie-dense. BALD EAGLES of all ages perched 
in trees, on power pole eagle perches, sat on the beach, and waded in Scheffler 
Creek to grab a carcass. Similar high numbers of eagles repeated at the Lagoon, 
in the surrounding trees, on every eagle perch, and even stood on the thin ice, 
attracted by the quantity of salmon carcasses. RAVENS and MAGPIES ate their 
share too, often just out of beak range at the eagle’s table. 

  
 I don’t know why the crows choose to dance for their mussel dinner when they 
could be feasting on salmon, but it sure is fun to watch. 

  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 
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Subject: Eurasian Siskin at Unalaska / Dutch Harbor
From: "erik.hendrickson755 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Nov 2014 22:06:04 -0800
It's worthwhile to visit Unalaska/Dutch Harbor just to meet Suzi G. An 
extraordinary birder who knows her island and its birds. Thank you for showing 
me the siskin and sharing the excitement of your discovery. 


For others thinking of flying out there - Alaska Airline miles made the flight 
very affordable. Rental cars were available for $60/day; gasoline was about 
$5/gallon. There is a hotel in town, but temperatures are mild and I managed to 
camp out comfortably in the rental car. There is a really nice Safeway in town. 
There are two post offices - one on the Dutch Harbor side (north) and one on 
the Unalaska side. 


The siskin seems always to be found in small groves of Sitka Spruce. The first 
trees were planted by Russians in about 1805; more were planted by the U.S. 
military during WWII; there may have been other plantings, and there's some 
natural propogation. But the trees are very limited, so searching is quite 
manageable. Two small spruce groves are 0.5 miles from the airport terminal (as 
the crow flies), about 0.7 mi and 0.8 mi driving. The trees are easy to see on 
Google Earth. 


I saw the Eurasian Siskin perched twice ("boldly" considering all the Merlins 
around) for several minutes; and observed it in flight several times. In flight 
it sometimes flew in a circle at tree top level, and gave a dry rattle flight 
call nearly identical to a Xeno Cato recording (XC 147250): 

XC147250 Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus) http://www.xeno-canto.org/147250 
 
 http://www.xeno-canto.org/147250 
 
 XC147250 Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus) http://www.xeno-canto.org/147250 
bird-seen:yes playback-used:no 

 
 
 
 View on www.xeno-canto.org http://www.xeno-canto.org/147250 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  
I wish I'd taken my spotting scope - there are wonderful birds along the shore 
of Unalaska Bay (Emporer Geese, Black Scoter, Steller's Eider, Pigeon 
Guillemot, etc.). Suzi advises that Tufted Duck shows up some (many?) winters 
on Unalaska Lake in town. A Dusky Thrush was seen recently. Unalaska is so far 
west - I kept thinking "what else might be out here?" 


Erik Hendrickson
Healy, AK



 

Subject: Saturday, November 29, 2014 Seward Purple Finch still here
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Nov 2014 11:40:33 -0800
Seward, Alaska
 Ava called to report the PURPLE FINCH is still there. She noted that this one 
is bright compared to the female birds that visited in prior years. The female 
was buffy where this bird is white, and the female was more drab overall. She 
believes it must be a first year male, which I think is a good conclusion. 

 

 If you come, drive very carefully. The roads are icy.
 

 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
  
Subject: Great horned owl
From: "Courtney Brown blackwolfbrown AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:20:04 -0900
I saw a GREAT HORNED OWL perched atop a dead spruce at Prospect Heights near 
the fee station this evening at about 5:00. I've been looking diligently for a 
few months and just haven't seen any until now. Has anybody else been seeing 
owls? (I saw the email recently about the short eared, nice sighting!) 




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Subject: Seward, AK Purple Finch and Red-breasted Sapsucker
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Date: 28 Nov 2014 21:48:07 -0800
Julie and I ventured forth to Seward today to add two birds to our collective 
Alaska lists - Purple Finch and Red-breasted Sapsucker. 

 

 We got a late start at about 10:30 AM and arrived in Seward about 12:30 PM. 
The Seward Highway was great until about 25 miles shy of Seward where it was 
only just "good". Your mileage may vary depending on conditions. Please be 
careful and drive within your abilities and as conditions as allow. 

 

 Took about 5 minutes after we arrived to locate the Purple Finch. Got some 
good views, but only decent pictures as the lighting was poor. Typical 
overcast, heavy skies that we've all grown to love when visiting Seward. 

 

 After that quick success, Julie and I went to 5th and Madison at the location 
that Carol G. reported the Red-breasted Sapsucker (RBSA) was last seen....well 
guess what? 

 

 It took about 4 minutes to find that bird (the RBSA), and boy did he put on 
the show for us! All over that tree drilling sap wells, up then down, and then 
back up again! 

 

 He seemed to have little fear of humans as we cautiously approached within 
about 40 feet or so.... 

 

 His head was always busy drilling his sap wells, and the light was poor, so it 
was difficult to get a good picture at the slow shutter speeds that the light 
allowed....eventually I just put my camera on high speed (7 frames per second) 
and just fired off about 300 frames (in burst over an extended period) in hopes 
that some would catch him in mid motion...success! 

 

 ....sort of and for only about thee or four of my 300 pictures....He was a 
very busy bird and a bit of a showoff really! 

 

 Left him seemingly "happy as a clam" tending to his sap wells.
 

 Went back to Ava's for some better pictures of the Purple Finch and...got a 
few, but the light was fading fast, which lead to a great 30 minutes 
conversation to our host Ava. What a great lady! 

 

 Saying our goodbyes, Julie and I left Seward at about 3:00 PM and arrived in 
Anchorage at 5:00 PM 

 

 Two lifer birds, some good company, and a pretty good day!
 

 Keith Confer
 kacbirder
 Anchorage, Alaska
Subject: Seldovia Solitair
From: "Martin Renner great.auklet AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:53:04 -0900
It’s quite mild for late November in Seldovia this year. Even the reservoir 
still has open water holes. The spruce trees are fruiting heavily. During a 
short late morning walk, from town over the Rocky Ridge trail, I found several 
flocks of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLs, totaling about 15 birds, one single RED 
CROSSBILL, and about 50 PINE SISKINS. Coming back into town, a TOWNSEND’S 
SOLITAIRE enjoyed some of the remaining mountain ash berries. 


Martin Renner
Homer, AK
  

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Subject: Kenai Flats Winter Rarities 11/27
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Nov 2014 10:34:06 -0800
Yesterday, despite a morning temperature of only 7 F, we found a female 
STELLER'S EIDER (rare any season), a female GREEN-WINGED TEAL (rare in winter), 
and a HORNED GREBE (rare in winter and our first in 10 winters birding the 
Flats). These birds were found near and among a group of 240 Mallards. We also 
had a modest flock of 60 Snow Buntings. As of yesterday the river provided the 
only open water on the Flats and remarkably there was no shore fast ice on the 
tidally influenced lower river. 

 

 Toby and Laura Burke
 Kenai, AK

Subject: Thursday, November 27, 2014 Homer, Alaska Peregrine Falcon!
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Nov 2014 18:26:29 -0800
Beautiful sunny day in Homer today. A PEREGRINE FALCON flew along the Deep 
Water Dock road on the east side of the end of the Spit this afternoon, seeking 
its Thanksgiving dinner. It disappeared quickly. We checked for surf birds on 
the harbor rocks but instead found two SONG SPARROWS picking though the kelp. 
Then we looped back. Of all inconvenient times, my cell phone rang. As I 
fumbled to answer the wrong number call, the PEREGRINE popped into view and 
flew right past the car! It powered off across the Spit to the west side and 
was gone. What an exciting bird! 

 

 Other birds of note: small flocks of ROCK SANDPIPERS fed hungrily in the rocky 
intertidal areas on the west side of the Spit. An undulating flock of BUNTINGS, 
probably SNOW BUNTINGS, flew past Mud Bay. GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES scavenged 
in the sand near the beach rye grass at Mariner's Park and sat on the fence at 
the tip of the spit by the tank farm. Huge rafts of BLACK SCOTERS bobbed in the 
bay on the west side of the Spit. 

 

 PELAGIC CORMORANTS piled on top of an exposed rock at low tide, and festooned 
a huge buoy by the Deep Water Dock at higher tide. I only spotted a pair of 
BARROW'S GOLDENEYES and a pair of COMMON MERGANSERS in the fishing hole. Also 
noted, small numbers of GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS and a few MEW GULLS. A small 
flock of PINE SISKINS worked the spruce cone crop along Ocean Drive. Add a few 
BALD EAGLES, numerous NW CROWS, a MAGPIE or two, some RAVENS, and PIGEONS. It 
was yet another great day to bird the Spit. 

 

 I hope others get a glimpse of that magnificent Peregrine too.
 

 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter on the road 
 

 

Subject: Eurasian Siskin STILL here!
From: "Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:51:17 -0900
The bird is still here! Saw it this morning, Thursday November 27. Happy 
Thanksgiving! 


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Subject: update on Eurasian Siskin in Unalaska
From: "Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:12:10 -0900
I last got on the bird Saturday November 22. For the past three days I've been 
working through our meager daylight hours and haven't had the chance to bird. 
Sorry! This afternoon a visiting birder flew in and spent several hours in the 
right area but struck out. Tomorrow the two of us will 'hit it hard' and I 
promise to post an update right away. I realize some of you are weighing the 
odds and trying to get seats to come out, so tomorrow I promise to give it my 
best shot! 


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Subject: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Seward update
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Nov 2014 11:25:11 -0800
Seward, Alaska
 

 The RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was rediscovered on Friday on Fifth Avenue just 
north of Madison St. There's a house on the corner, then a vacant lot with a 
big old Mt Ash tree. I have not seen him, but there are telltale sap wells in 
the tree trunk. It's nice to know he may still be here. 

 

 The PURPLE FINCH was last seen at Ava's on Monday feeding in the alders and 
cottonwoods. 

 

 The STELLER'S EIDER is likely north of Spring Creek Beach past the old chip 
mill dock, if not seen from Spring Creek beach or from Fourth of July beach. He 
has always been seen with the HARLEQUINS. 

 

 The THAYER'S GULL was seen yesterday at the Lagoon at Benny Benson Park with 
the other gulls including MEW, HERRING, and GLAUCOUS-WINGED. 

 

 Despite the freezing temps, a few of the dozens of ROBINS were singing this 
morning. I also heard some feeble attempts by VARIED TRHUSHES. 50+ BOHEMIAN 
WAXWINGS chirred like little chimes in the Mt Ash trees as they ate frozen 
berries for breakfast. RED and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS are in town at the tops 
of the spruce trees. Plus the usual winter birds. 

 

 Happy birding and 
 Happy Thanksgiving!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
Subject: Anchorage birding
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:23:14 -0500

I went looking for the Rock Sandpipers today at Kincaid Park and at Campbell 
Creek Estuary Natural Area (CC). It was a couple hours past high tide but I did 
see them at both spots. I got VERY distant photos, which only let you see that 
there are a lot of birds out there. When the flock flew, they looked like a 
dense swarm of bugs and the flying flock was a dark blotch visible to the naked 
eye. I'd guess 1000 or so, but feel free to try to count the dots in my 
pictures (bottom of page at http://www.lynnbarber.com/id104.html). Also seen in 
addition to the usual mallards, chickadees, magpies and ravens: a Northern 
Shrike, White-winged Crossbills and Bohemian Waxwings at CC. There were 
waxwings everywhere along Spenard Rd. and Aviation Ave. 

 
Lynn Barber
Anchorage
 
 
Subject: Anchorage mid hillside
From: "swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Nov 2014 21:13:54 -0800
Should be a good time to be a Great Horned Owl and a bad time to be a Snowshoe 
Hare. With the lack of snow the hares are completely vulnerable. I turned my 
porch light on tonight and a pure white hare stuck out like it had it's own 
internal light on. So far no owls have shown up. 


Steve W.
 

Subject: Seward - Resurrection Bay Boat Trip
From: "jherbert33 AT ymail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Nov 2014 20:18:29 -0800
 We made a trip out on Resurrection Bay on Monday 11/24 from 0930 to 1545. The 
weather was good, light winds and temperatures in the low thirties. We traveled 
out on the west side of the bay to Caines Head then to the west bays of Fox 
Island then to Cape Resurrection and Barwell Island. We returned along the east 
side with travels through Humpie and Thumb Coves. 

 

 Pelagic Cormorant - abundant
 Double Crested Cormorant - 1
 Horned Grebe - abundant
 Red Necked Grebe - 14
 Barrow's Golden-eye - very abundant 
 Common Murre - 1
 Marbled Murrelet - ~35
 Great Blue Heron - 1
 Common Merganser - abundant
 Red Breasted Merganser - 1
 Kingfisher - 3
 Harlequin Duck - abundant
 Steller's Eider - 1
 Common Loon - 10
 Pacific Loon - 2
 Yellow Billed Loon - 5
 Surf Scoters - ~100
 Mallard - 6 fly over
 Mew Gulls - abundant
 Black legged Kittiwakes - 10
 Glaucous-winged Gulls - abundant
 Bald Eagle - 20 adults no juvies [though many juveniles in town]
 

 The most significant finding was the large number of loons especially in light 
of how few we had here last winter. Perhaps they are here because of the mild 
weather and will move on to PWS when it gets cold. Also more than 95% of all 
birds we saw were north of the latitude of Caines Head. There were no birds at 
Cape Resurrection and Barwell Island though we did see three goats grazing in 
the midday sun. Harbor seals and sea lions were common throughout and there 
were a half dozen otters. No orcas. The harbor seems to have large schools 
small herring showing up. 

 

 It was a beautiful day for a boat ride.
 

 Joe Staab
 Jim Herbert
 

 

 

Subject: Seward
From: "davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:08:45 -0500
Isaac Helmricks and I went down to Seward for the day. The road was good,  
icy in spots. The birding was excellent. The Purple Finch was easy today. We 
saw  it sitting in alders next to the road with Pine Grosbeaks before we 
turned into  Ava's and then got some good photos at Ava's
 Other highlights were Red Crossbills near Carol's. The male  Hooded 
Merganser and first yearThayer's Gull were at the lagoon. There was lots of 
bird 

activity in town and I wouldn't be  at all surprised if  something else 
showed up.
Dave Sonneborn
Subject: Late November Birds in Unalaska
From: "Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:40:00 -0900
November 23, 2014

Ten days now, and the Eurasian Siskin is still in Unalaska!     

Of note this week are the first Pacific Loons to show this fall, and increasing 
numbers of Marbled Murrelets. The Canvasback and Ring-necked Duck, hanging out 
with the scaups in Unalaska Lake, are interesting 'casuals' we don't get to see 
every year. 


Late this afternoon I walked the shore of Humpy Cove, and in that quarter mile 
of tideline I counted more than fifty dead Crested Auklets, the result of huge 
numbers pushed into the bays after typhoon Nuri swept through. Many looked 
weakened even then, so this 'wreck' is not surprising. 


Our Unalaska Island Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Saturday, December 
27, 2014. 


May you all enjoy Thanksgiving. 

Species seen this week in Unalaska:

Emperor Goose, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, 
Greater Scaup, Steller's Eider, Harlequin, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, 
Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted 
Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Pelagic 
Cormorant, Red-faced Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Merlin, 
Peregrine, Black Oystercatcher, Rock Sandpiper, Mew Gull, Glaucous Winged Gull, 
Black-legged Kittiwake, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, 
Crested Auklet, Belted Kingfisher, Common Raven, Pacific Wren, American Dipper, 
Orange-crowned Warbler, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, 
Gary-crowned Rosy Finch, White-winged Crossbill, Common Redpoll, Pine Siskin, 
Eurasian Siskin 


Suzi

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Subject: Anchorage--Kincaid Beach
From: "Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:52:17 -0900
I headed out to check the Kincaid beach with Peter S. and Enric F.
Many Rock Sandpipers were seen WAY out to the S. of Fire Island...there 
were two large flocks that must have easily numbered over 1000 combined. 
These were really only viable with binoculars if they flew, when landed 
Enric's scope was able to pick them up as specks moving on the mud horizon.
There were also 7 SNOW BUNTINGS right along the edge of the sand and 
beach rye flushed by a passing fatbike rider. That is next on my birding 
gear wish list!
Alas, not as lucky as Steve W. with the Short-eared....

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage



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Subject: Short-eared Owl
From: "swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Nov 2014 15:48:19 -0800
Sunday Noon Anchorage Lake Hood a Short-eared Owl was being harassed by 3 
ravens. It took off from the area near the south end of the Lake Hood strip, 
was chased, circled overhead to near the DOT building on Intl Airport Rd, got a 
good hit in on one of the ravens, the ravens broke off the chase and the owl 
continued flying off toward the south, 

 

 Steve W.

Subject: Homer/Kachemak Bay Birders' Trip on the Spit: 11-22-14
From: "'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:16:38 -0900
To say that today was A Great Day To Bird does not do it justice...First,
Michael Craig, our leader, somehow arranged the sunny, warm, windless day.
Then there was a great high tide and almost two dozen birders showing up.
We found 32 species!

The bright sunshine highlighted the beauty of the birds we saw.  Especially
spectacular were the Long-tailed Ducks and Harlequin Ducks on the east side,
the Rock Sandpipers and Snow Buntings on rocks and adjoining grassy area in
Louie's Lagoon, and finally the Eurasian Wigeon in Mud Bay.

Please note that two of the species were found at the very end of the trip
and possibly stretching the "rules" a bit--we decided that there were four
of us there getting into our cars and so we constituted a quorum (especially
since one of them was me who makes the list).  Hopefully you'll all agree
this was copacetic?

What we found on this glorious day:  (And if anyone else wrote down anything
else, please let me know.)

COMMON LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
HORNED GREBE
PELAGIC CORMORANT
HARLEQUIN DUCK
EURASIAN WIGEON
AMERICAN WIGEON
COMMON GOLDENEYE
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
MALLARD
LONG-TAILED DUCK
NORTHERN PINTAIL
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
SURF SCOTER
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL
MEW GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
COMMON MURRE
MARBLED MURRELET
PIGEON GUILLEMOT
ROCK SANDPIPER
BALD EAGLE
ROCK PIGEON
BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE
NORTHWESTERN CROW
COMMON RAVEN
BOREAL CHICKADEE
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET
SONG SPARROW
GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCH
SNOW BUNTING 



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Subject: Saturday, November 23, 2014 Rare Bird Alert: Purple Finch!
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Nov 2014 17:21:28 -0800
Seward, Alaska
  
 Another blue-gray day, the clouds weary of their heavy burden and glad to 
release it. After yet another downpour, the curtains parted to let a shred of 
blue sky peek through. Parked at Ava’s, birding from the car, I spotted a 
smaller bird in a nearby cottonwood with the chunky PINE GROSBEAKS and one 
ROBIN. She was busy feeding off something on the cottonwood buds. 

  
 I fired off a series of shots to study closely at home. As I suspected, PURPLE 
FINCH! She (or first year male) has a broad white eyebrow, dark cheek patch and 
white stripe below, no eye ring, and white undertail without any streaks. 

  
 This species has been seen in Seward before, several years ago, but is not a 
regular. Its winter range is supposed to be in southern BC down along the 
Pacific coast to Mexico. I have records for January 25, 2006 Ava’s, April 12, 
2007 Ava’s, and January 1, 2008 AVTEC. 

  
 The species is listed as “rare” in the 2014 Checklist of Alaska Birds, 
“Annual or possibly annual in small numbers; most such species occur at the 
perimeter of Alaska, in season; a few are scarce residents.” 

  
 I hope she hangs around!
  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 for photos, please visit my blog at http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com 
http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com 

 

 

 

Subject: Robins-Anchorage
From: "davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:30:16 -0500
There are still lots of American Robins along Fish Creek. There were lots  
at Turnagain Park but they were spread out along the creek from there almost 
to  Northern Lights. I felt like I was only seeing a small proportion of 
the  birds. Hordes of Bohemian Waxwings, starlings, etc as well.
Dave Sonneborn
Saturday, November 22
Subject: Pt. Campbell (Kincaid beach) Rock Sandpipers and behavior
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:54:36 -0900
I walked down to the Kincaid beach with my son this AM not long after
sunrise. While still on the bluff I scanned the flats and found one
enormous flock of Rock Sandpipers a good distance out on the flats.  On
closer look and after numerous counting attempts I estimated 1500 on the
very conservative side.  2000 would have been more likely as my tight
shorebird flock counting skills have not been used of late and I regularly
under estimate such numbers.

While I was there a couple with two dogs came down on the beach. One dog
seemed particularly interested in the hopelessly distant flock. While the
dog was on the shore a group of 300+ sandpipers came in, buzzing the dog
and alighting not far away (which thankfully was close to me as well). The
excited dog sprang after them only to have the entire flock circle it
closely a couple times and depart back to the larger group far out on the
flats. Later, nearly the entire flock made a close pass at the two dogs and
their humans then headed out around the point and toward the motor-cross.

It was interesting to see this presumed predator
investigation/harassment(?) behavior, and to watch the entire tight flock
swirling and flash light and dark against the dark sunlit clouds. After
spending hours down in this exact location in past winters looking for one
Rock Sandpiper, this was quite stunning.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage
Subject: Saw whet Owl, Rusty Blackbird at Seaside
From: "mossy seaside AT xyz.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:59:46 -0900
Besides the flock of about a dozen inebriated Robins crashing around in the 
remaining fermented Mt. Ash berries, I saw what appeared to be a Rusty 
Blackbird, hanging out with the 75 or so Bohemian Waxwings, 

Also a Saw Whet Owl in the spruce boughs bombarded by an army of very upset 
nuthatches and B.C.chickadees and Dark Eyed Juncos. Yesterday the Ruby Crnd 
Kinglet was still at my suet feeders. 


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Subject: Snowy Owl in Homer
From: "Martin Renner great.auklet AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:33:43 -0900
A SNOWY OWL was admired by quite a crowd on the Homer Spit this afternoon. 
Perched near the spit trail at Green Timbers, the bird was seen by many locals, 
from at least noon. The owl was frequently mobbed, first by Northwestern Crows, 
then Black-billed Magpies, and finally two Common Ravens. By about 2:30 pm, the 
ravens succeeded to drive away the owl and chased it high up into the sky and 
west out to sea. When we lost sight of it, one of the ravens was returning to 
the spit, the other was still in close proximity to a presumably somewhat 
ticked-off owl. The Snow Owl was medium to heavily barred, which apparently 
doesn’t tell us much with regard to age or sex (some googling suggests that 
yes, males and older birds are lighter. But exceptions seem to occur not 
infrequently, sometime birds get darker with age, some females are pure white). 
Interestingly, this Snowy Owl was perched within a hundred meters of the perch 
on which Dave Sonneborn found a Snowy Owl in December 2011! 


Adding to the cold, wintery scene was a single overflying SNOW BUNTING. Also 
along the spit were one AMERICAN PIPIT and about fifty GRAY-CROWNED ROSYFINCH. 
In Mud Bay, numerous Mallards and American Widgeons were accompanied by at 
least one male EURASIAN WIDGEON and one hybrid AMERICAN x EURASIAN WIDGEON. The 
local flock of ROCK SANDPIPER gathered in Mud Bay numbered about 150 birds. 
Rounding up a great afternoon were several flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS moving 
through the Kachemak Drive to Lee Street neighborhood, numbering maybe 300 in 
total, raiding the remaining Mountain Ash berries. 


Martin Renner
Homer, AK

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Subject: Seward CBC Saturday Dec 27th
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Nov 2014 18:40:50 -0800
This year's Seward CBC will be Saturday, December 27th. Field Counters will 
meet at 9 am at Rez Art at 320 Third Ave to confirm their area and team 
assignments. Be prepared to walk and drive with the car windows open. Dress for 
the weather, and bring more layers in case; bring lunch, snacks, and beverages 
for a full day outside. Binoculars, spotting scope, and bird book are helpful. 
A great attitude is the best tool! 

 
 Results will be tallied at 4 pm at the Rez Art. Feeder Watchers are welcome to 
attend the tally or to email their results. 

 

 Count Week is December 24-26, and December 28-30. During Count Week, only the 
kind of bird is noted, not the numbers. If you hear owls or see any unusual 
birds, let me know. You do not have to be a Count Day participant to share your 
Count Week birds. 

 
 Like last year, the National Audubon Society no longer requires the $5 fee as 
the national results will be posted on-line. Donations to help with the CBC are 
always appreciated. 

 
 Please contact Carol Griswold at c_griz at yahoo.com for more information. Let 
me know if you plan to participate either as a Field Counter or as a Feeder 
Watcher. Out-of-town birders are welcome. 

 
 
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward CBC compiler
 

Subject: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Pacific Loon, Swans, and Magpie with flat fish
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Nov 2014 16:35:37 -0800
Seward, Alaska
  
 After days of rain punctuated by torrential cloudbursts mixed with sn’rain, 
the precipitation finally stopped this afternoon. BALD EAGLES seized the 
opportunity to perch with their wings hung out to dry. Mixed flocks of 
passerines emerged to seek soggy invertebrates and cold insects on tree 
branches: DOWNY WOODPECKER, CHESTNUT BACKED CHICKADEES, and GOLDEN-CROWNED 
KINGLETS. BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, PINE GROSBEAKS, and PINE SISKINS feasted on 
freshly washed Mt Ash berries. 

  
 I spied a PACIFIC LOON over at Fourth of July Beach, the first of the winter 
with its white throat and thin, dark necklace. A COMMON LOON drifted nearby. 
Three SURF SCOTERS, a dozen HORNED GREBES, HARLEQUIN DUCKS, PELAGIC CORMORANTS, 
and GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS spread out in front, following small schools of fish. 

  
 A BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE flew past with a small flatfish, a flounder (?) for a 
feast. A staccato outburst alerted me to a DIPPER in the rushing stream. 

  
 The Nash Road wetlands has once again melted. The TRUMPETER SWAN family 
returned home to rest and feed. 

  
 Shortly after dawn yesterday, in a short interlude before the rain resumed and 
the wind kicked up, three BALD EAGLES soared overhead. One chittered to another 
in greeting. Soon another joined in, then another and another until there were 
seven eagles spiraling upwards, higher and higher. 

 What a great way to start the day!
  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 
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Subject: Rock Sandpipers
From: "pat AT pourchot.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Nov 2014 15:03:24 -0800
Today around noon there was large flock of hundreds of Rock Sandpipers on the 
tide flats off the Motocross in Kincaid Park. (At long last, added to my 
Anchorage list!) 

 

 Pat Pourchot
 Anchorage
Subject: Re: Starlings
From: "Stephanie Kesler skesler AT gci.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:33:33 +0000
Government Hill has had a resident flock of starlings for years.

And has anyone noticed at Sagaya City Market, at least in the mornings, you can 
hear starlings in the trees? This is the first year that I’ve noticed them 
singing and chirping at that location. I just have a feeling that our resident 
flocks are expanding through out the city. 


Steph

Subject: Eurasian Siskin still in Unalaska
From: "Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:53:41 -0900
For anyone checking, the bird's still here!

Suzi


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Subject: Starlings
From: "davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 01:14:29 -0500
We used to go up to Palmer to see the large flock of Starlings(300+) on the 
 Hamilton's Farm behind the Fairground to see if anything was hanging out 
with  them Once there was a Yellow-headed Blackbird and a winter Red-winged 
Blackbird.  When Andy and I visited Egypt, Mrs Hamilton saw a Brewer's 
Blackbird that left  just before Andy and I returned. No photos but she was an 
accurate observer. She just didn't know anyone else to call. When they gave up 

the dairy and got rid of  their cows a large number of Starlings showed up 
in Anchorage and I always  thought there was a connection. Now they're 
pretty regular here.
Dave S
Subject: Re: Starling question?
From: "Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:51:14 -0900
Thanks to all who answered about the Starlings. It was similar to my 
observations here in Palmer. I find it interesting that they seem to be wild 
foragers for the most part and don't have much of an attraction for backyard 
bird feeders. I had a pair bringing in their young to my suet feeders during 
the summer but now that they are flocked up they don't come by anymore. 


Isaac 

> On Nov 17, 2014, at 5:16 PM, DavidSonne AT aol.com wrote:
> 
> I agree with Chris. They've been hanging out with waxwings and robins and 
seem to have a similar diet. 

> Dave S.
>  
> In a message dated 11/17/2014 3:06:14 P.M. Alaskan Standard Time, 
AKBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes: 

> The times I remember seeing starlings in the winter they were always in trees 
rather than on the ground and sometimes were near to flocks of robins or 
waxwings. I'm betting they were eating berries and buds. 

> 
> 
> Chris Maack
> Anchorage
> 
>> On Nov 17, 2014, at 9:44 AM, Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com 
[AKBirding] wrote: 

>> 
>>  
>> This may seem like a strange request but I am wondering what people have 
observed Starlings eating in the winter? Foraging around town or what they eat 
if they come to your feeders? 

>> 
>> Thanks,
>> 
>> Isaac Helmericks
>> Palmer, AK
>> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Starling question?
From: "davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:16:13 -0500
I agree with Chris. They've been hanging out with waxwings and robins and  
seem to have a similar diet.
Dave S.
 
 
In a message dated 11/17/2014 3:06:14 P.M. Alaskan Standard Time,  
AKBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
The times I remember seeing starlings in the winter they were always in  
trees rather than on the ground and sometimes were near to flocks of robins or 
 waxwings. I'm betting they were eating berries and buds.   


 
Chris Maack 
Anchorage



On Nov 17, 2014, at 9:44 AM, Isaac Helmericks _isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com_ 
(mailto:isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com)   [AKBirding] wrote:



 
This may seem like a strange request but I am wondering what people have  
observed Starlings eating in the winter? Foraging around town or what they  
eat if they come to your feeders? 

Thanks,

Isaac  Helmericks
Palmer,  AK







Subject: Re: Starling question?
From: "Chris Maack cmaack AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:05:04 -0900
The times I remember seeing starlings in the winter they were always in trees 
rather than on the ground and sometimes were near to flocks of robins or 
waxwings. I'm betting they were eating berries and buds. 


Chris Maack
Anchorage

On Nov 17, 2014, at 9:44 AM, Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com 
[AKBirding] wrote: 


> This may seem like a strange request but I am wondering what people have 
observed Starlings eating in the winter? Foraging around town or what they eat 
if they come to your feeders? 

> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Isaac Helmericks
> Palmer, AK
> 
> 
Subject: KILLDEER at the Anchor River
From: "'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:34:20 -0900
Michelle Michaud just called to report that she'd found and photographed a 
KILLDEER along the Anchor River between the launch area and the mouth.  Also 
a couple SANDERLINGS in there too.

(Monday the 17th about 2:00 pm) 



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Subject: Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 11-16-14
From: "'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:18:35 -0900
KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION: November 16, 2014
We headed into winter for a short time but then now having some great 40 
degree weather and no ice at least down here near the beach right now.

FYI: Homer's Christmas Bird Count is going to be Saturday, December 20th. 
Meet at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center at 8:30 am for tea/coffee and 
breakfast items and, of course, to also get your area and team assignments. 
Return at 4:30 to tally numbers and for a potluck dinner.  Dave Erickson is 
the coordinator.  If you'd like to help us, come on down!  For sure we'll 
have good birds!!

SNOW BUNTINGS (50) were seen on the Spit on the 15th in the Green Timbers 
area.

On the 8th and 9th there was a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, or perhaps two, at the 
top of Hohe St. in town.

At Land's End on the 6th a EUROPEAN STARLING was seen.  Previous reports on 
Pioneer, by the Library and on the 7th at the intersection of Ocean Dr. and 
Lake St.  Possibly more than one?

On the 27th up Cannonball Rd a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER  was seen.  And on 
the 25th at Seaside Farms, a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.

ROCK SANDPIPERS (150) were reported in Mud Bay on the 5th and some smaller 
groups have been seen east of Miller's Landing.  On the 12th at the Anchor 
River 60 were seen and one SANDERLING. The first report of any was on 
October 26th.

GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCHES were first sighted on the 29th out on the Spit. 
On the 5th a flock of 50 was seen over the Harbor.

On the 8th there was a report of RING-NECKED PHEASANTS (4) across the 
highway from the Wells Fargo Bank, apparently frequently seen in this area 
in the last few months.  Another group has been seen in the Soundview area 
by the Lutheran Church. Most other areas report no pheasants.

There was still a WILSON'S SNIPE near West Homer Elementary School until the 
29th.  And humming birds (probably Anna's) reported also, but none in the 
last week.  BOHEMIAN WAXWING flocks have been seen in many parts of town and 
out East End Road.

A very comprehensive list of birds was posted for the 28th from various 
parts of town by the Burke family.  They found a total of 53 species (!!) 
including EURASIAN WIGEON and a hybrid, AMERICAN WIGEON, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 
CANVASBACK (1), YELLOW-BILLED LOON, PACIFIC LOON, DUNLIN(11), ROCK 
SANDPIPERS, PINE GROSBEAKS, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, PINE SISKINS, GOLDEN 
CROWNED SPARROWS, SONG SPARROWS, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, VARIED THRUSH, 
RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS.



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