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Paradise Whydah,©Tony Disley

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]" ]
17 Nov Audubon Program This Thursday ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
17 Nov Starling question? ["Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
16 Nov Late Wilson's Warbler ["akbirder AT eagle.ptialaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
15 Nov Funny River Burn Black-backed Woodpeckers ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
15 Nov Saturday, November 15, 2014 Steller’s Eider ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
15 Nov Eurasian Siskin liking Unalaska ["Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
15 Nov Rock Sandpipers from Campbell Creek Estuary ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
14 Nov Dove in Nunaka Neighborhood Anchorage ["Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
14 Nov Re: Eurasian Siskin still at Unalaska ["David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
14 Nov Eurasian Siskin still at Unalaska ["Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Nov Seward mystery sandpiper ID resolved ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Nov Thursday, November 13, 2014 5 Dunlins and a Sanderling ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Nov Thursday, November 13, 2014 Mystery Sandpiper ID request ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Nov Rock Sandpipers reported on Anchorage Coastal Refuge ["Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Nov Eurasian Siskin ( and more! ) in Unalaska ["Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Nov Recent Anchorage Frugivore Locations? ["Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
12 Nov Northern Flicker ["perezt2 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
12 Nov Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Seward Dunlin and Rock Sandpiper ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
12 Nov Dusky Thrush at Unalaska ["Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
12 Nov Anchorage Christmas Bird Count for Kids Dec 7 ["Beth Peluso bpeluso AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
11 Nov Alcid Bonanza in Unalaska ["Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
11 Nov White-winged crossbill ["G W spinscan AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
11 Nov Surf Scoter and winter arrivals in Unalaska ["Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
9 Nov Gov't Hill sparrows ["Thede Tobish tgtljo AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
9 Nov Spenard Lake ["Steve W swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
9 Nov FYI: Kachemak Bay made the list! ["'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
9 Nov Brown Booby Update ["Matt Goff goff AT nawwal.org [AKBirding]" ]
9 Nov Brown Booby Update ["Matt Goff goff AT nawwal.org [Eaglechat]" ]
08 Nov Beak deformities in chickadees and nuthatches and where to report sightings ["ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net [AKBirding]" ]
05 Nov Typhoon Nuri ["steve_scordino AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
8 Nov Anchorage-Saturday ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
06 Nov Thursday, November 6, 2014 Sorry, no Cape May Warbler today ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
05 Nov Wednesday, November 5, 2014 Seward Cape May Warbler not found today ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
05 Nov Inquiry about Seward Steller's Eider and Cape May Warbler ["ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net [AKBirding]" ]
05 Nov Homer finches ["S Friend sjfriend AT horizonsatellite.com [AKBirding]" ]
04 Nov Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Seward Cape May Warbler not found ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
03 Nov Monday, November 3, 2014 Cape May Warbler still here! ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
03 Nov Cape May Warbler ["Louann Feldmann louannf AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
3 Nov Brown Booby Update ["Matt Goff goff AT nawwal.org [Eaglechat]" ]
3 Nov Brown Booby Update ["Matt Goff goff AT nawwal.org [AKBirding]" ]
03 Nov Anchorage Killdeer ["ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
03 Nov Kenai Flats 11/2 ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
2 Nov Middleton Island, 2014 highlights report ["Luke DeCicco akswallow AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
2 Nov Cape May Warbler, White-throated Sparrow in Seward ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
02 Nov Sunday, November 2, 2014 CAPE MAY WARBLER! Seward, AK ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
2 Nov nice walk at goosebay this morning. But!!!! ["Rick James denalidude88 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
2 Nov Re: Anchorage Say's Phoebe ["dalybar AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
1 Nov Re: Redhead Lake Hood - Update ["Courtney Brown blackwolfbrown AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
01 Nov Anchorage Say's Phoebe ["dalybar AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
01 Nov Redhead Lake Hood - Update ["avocet AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]

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! 


Suzi

 

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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

Suzi Golodoff
Aleutian Birding and Natural History   
   
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
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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 Ive 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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Subject: Audubon Program This Thursday
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Nov 2014 11:18:32 -0800
 Our November program will be a complete knockout! Lynn Barber is known 
nationwide as a blogger on the American Birding Association website, and she's 
known for her Big Year in 2008 when she found an astounding 723 species! As far 
as we can tell, this is the 6th highest Big Year ever, and the highest for a 
woman. 

 Lynn has also tallied 522 species in a 2005 Texas Big Year, and 350 species in 
a South Dakota Big Year where she lived until relocating to Anchorage this 
Fall. Her book, "Extreme Birder: One Woman's Big Year" chronicles her 2008 
quest, and on November 20 she will share her adventures and show pictures from 
her ABA big year. She will also have copies of her book available. 

 In honor of her term as President of the Texas Ornithological Society, and her 
membership on the Board of Directors of the ABA, cookies will be served. 

 

 7:00 pm.         Thursday, Nov. 20.           BP Energy Center
 

Subject: Starling question?
From: "Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:44:16 -0900
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

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Subject: Late Wilson's Warbler
From: "akbirder AT eagle.ptialaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Nov 2014 18:44:38 -0800
Probable immature, male Wilson's Warbler was seen 3 times this afternoon at a 
water bath feature amongst our bird feeders at our condo in east Anchorage on 
Mills Dr near APU trails. Bird appeared to be travelling in a mixed flock of 
Black-capped Chikadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches. 


Judy Dearborn
Anchorage

 

Subject: Funny River Burn Black-backed Woodpeckers
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Nov 2014 23:27:54 -0800
Today our entire family hiked the Funny River Horse Trail south from Funny 
River Road, seven miles east of Soldotna, with the sole purpose of finding 
Black-backed Woodpeckers in the recent burn. After less than two hours of 
searching we found a male and female together about a mile south of the road. 
There is dead and dying timber everywhere and much fresh woodpecker sign, 
starting at the trailhead. We suspect many more Black-backed Woodpeckers will 
be found in this huge burn over the course of the next few years. This is 
usually a very tough species to find on the Kenai Peninsula. American 
Three-toed and Hairy Woodpeckers were also encountered in the burn during our 
search. 

 

 Toby and Laura Burke
 Kenai, AK
Subject: Saturday, November 15, 2014 Steller’s Eider
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Nov 2014 22:09:53 -0800
Seward, Alaska

  
 The Gulf of Alaska pulled back its puffy gray quilt last night. Orion the 
Mighty Hunter rose over the eastern mountains, accompanied by other sparkling 
winter constellations. A magical undulating aurora arced across the northern 
sky, silently shooting green spikes upwards through the Big Dipper. 

  
 This morning, hoarfrost embellished every rock and leaf, glittering until 
melted by the rising sun. Ghostly fingers of “sea smoke” wafted across the 
warm bay (52º), releasing latent heat to the cold air. 

  
 It was a beautiful day to refind the STELLER’S EIDER, diving with HARLEQUIN 
DUCKS off Spring Creek Beach. The Harlequins seem to have completely accepted 
this unusual visitor. While other drake harlies chased each other around, 
squeaking like little chew toys, nobody chased the splendid Eider. A raft of 
BARROW’S GOLDENEYES paddled nearby, but did not mingle. 

  
 After not seeing the Eider for quite a while, it was a pleasure to watch him 
again, in full breeding plumage. I hope he stays for the Seward Audubon 
Christmas Bird Count on December 27th. Details to follow. 

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

 

 

Subject: Eurasian Siskin liking Unalaska
From: "Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:01:03 -0900
Dear friends and birders,

November 15, 2014


This morning the Eurasian Siskin was still zipping between the spruce groves in 
the company of the two White-winged Crossbills. For a while they fed among the 
Gray-crowned Rosy Finches and a Pine Siskin, moving frequently from spruce top 
to spruce top. I clambered up the hills to get the sun behind me and suddenly 
blinked, seeing two yellow birds. In a stunning East meets West moment, an 
Orange-crowned Warbler and the Eurasian Siskin hopped among the cones a few 
inches apart. The Magpie ( origin unknown) is still around, too. 


Ridiculous numbers of Crested Auklets are winging around town, over the 
rooftops even. They are not only in the bays but a few are in the lakes now, 
too. I've seen this before, but not often. The one little fellow I photographed 
was bobbing along the grassy shore at Summer Lake but jumped up and flew off 
when I got too close. I also saw a Tufted Puffin this morning, all dark winter 
plumage, and that's also highly unusual. 


Loving these birds!

Suzi 


Suzi Golodoff
Aleutian Birding and Natural History
P.O. Box 11
Unalaska, Alaska 99685
Subject: Rock Sandpipers from Campbell Creek Estuary
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:20:00 -0900
Saw a flock of about 50 Rock Sandpipers from Beluga overlook at Campbell Creek 
Estuary Nature area, drifting on ice in the inlet.  Belugas (ca. 5-10) went 
past in the same scope view. Two calf's seen in the group. 


Aaron

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Subject: Dove in Nunaka Neighborhood Anchorage
From: "Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:43:10 -0900
I talked to a friend who reported seeing a dove (possibly a Mourning 
Dove) in the Nunaka neighborhood. It was first noticed on Tuesday, and 
was seen again yesterday. The most recent sighting was under a spruce on 
the North end of the 1400 block of Elmendorf Dr.
I will post any follow-up sightings.

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Subject: Re: Eurasian Siskin still at Unalaska
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Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:20:10 -0900

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Subject: Eurasian Siskin still at Unalaska
From: "Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:41:12 -0900
Dear friends and birders,

November 14, 2014

The Eurasian Siskin is still here and was seen this morning in the spruce grove 
by the old OC shop, across from Sitka spruce park where it was seen yesterday. 


I will venture to say this might be a 'chaseable' bird, because of our 
accessible, few and isolated spruce groves. As long as this bird stays, it is 
very likely to be found these particular sites. Bobbie got on the bird fairly 
easily this morning. She told me that last Saturday, November 8th, she had a 
glimpse of what she thought was a warbler, in the exact same spot, so MAYBE 
this Siskin's been here almost a week already. 


As we birded the area, however, three Merlins and a Peregrine Falcon were 
constantly overhead. The few passerines we saw were sitting tight, deep in the 
branches. I heard, but never saw the crossbills. No sign of the Dusky Thrush or 
the waxwings. 


Tickets are expensive from Anchorage to Dutch but PenAir partners with Alaska 
Airlines and you can use mileage. If there are seats available. And last but 
not least, Pavlof volcano, east along the flight path, is active again and did 
cause flights to cancel yesterday. Planes are flying today. 



Suzi 


Suzi Golodoff
Aleutian Birding and Natural History
P.O. Box 11
Unalaska, Alaska 99685
Subject: Seward mystery sandpiper ID resolved
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Nov 2014 23:14:45 -0800
UPDATE: Scott Schuette identified the larger, pale bird as a standard 
'PRIBILOF' ROCK SANDPIPER, and the smaller, dark one as a standard "mainland" 
ROCK SANDPIPER. Thank you so very much for your quick reply! 


 

 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 

Subject: Thursday, November 13, 2014 5 Dunlins and a Sanderling
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Nov 2014 22:59:28 -0800
Seward, Alaska

  
 I searched for that mystery sandpiper and its Pribilof Rock Sandpiper buddy 
today and instead found 5 DUNLINS and 1 SANDERLING (I think.) If anyone has 
opinions on this ID, please let me know. Next time, I haul the scope! 

  
 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: Thursday, November 13, 2014 Mystery Sandpiper ID request
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Nov 2014 22:41:20 -0800
Seward, Alaska
  
 Thanks to Rich Macintosh who kindly pointed out that my photos yesterday of a 
“Dunlin” showed a shorebird that was too big, too light, and lacked the 
characteristically long droopy black bill. 

  
 Posted on my blog are a bazillion photos, none of them good, of the mystery 
bird and the PRIBILOF ROCK SANDPIPER. 

  
 Your expert ideas of this bird’s correct ID are appreciated.
  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 

 http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com

 

Subject: Rock Sandpipers reported on Anchorage Coastal Refuge
From: "Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:35:30 -0900
I received an email from Barbra C. reporting an estimated 700(!) ROCK 
SANDPIPERS between Campbell Creek Estuary and the Kincaid motor cross 
near Jodhpur.
They were seen on an outgoing tide at about 1:40 today.
Belugas were also reported from the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area 
recently.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage



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Subject: Eurasian Siskin ( and more! ) in Unalaska
From: "Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:00:53 -0900
Dear friends and birders,

November 13, 2014

Yesterday's DUSKY THRUSH alerted us to other possible rarities around Unalaska, 
so we kept looking. Later in the afternoon, Bobbie Lekanoff got photos of two 
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE in the same stand of Sitka spruce 
near town creek. 

 
The weather turned terrible today, stiff north winds and driving rain, and the 
Dusky was nowhere to be seen. However, the drenching I endured rewarded me a 
EURASIAN SISKIN in the Sitka Spruce park on the Dutch Harbor side. There were a 
couple of the usual, plain PINE SISKINS, and then this stunningly yellow bird, 
Carduelis SPINUS! There was also a small group of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS 
feeding on the spruce cones. 


So things are happening out here! For some reason, I haven't been able to load 
photos recently on this site, but if anyone wants a look at these birds drop me 
an email... 



Suzi 


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Aleutian Birding and Natural History
P.O. Box 11
Unalaska, Alaska 99685
Subject: Recent Anchorage Frugivore Locations?
From: "Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:10:47 -0900
I'll be in Anchorage on Sunday morning and will have a few hours to look
for the fabled American Robin flock. If anyone is out birding Saturday and
can provide any details on large flocks or unusual species I'd be all ears.

Thanks all and good birding!

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: Northern Flicker
From: "perezt2 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Nov 2014 23:49:36 -0800
Seen in Turnagain on the dead end section of Knik Avenue this afternoon.
 

Subject: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Seward Dunlin and Rock Sandpiper
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Nov 2014 23:39:11 -0800
Seward Alaska
 

 Monday: a single SNOW BUNTING overflight, not seen since
 Wednesday: a single DUNLIN and ROCK SANDPIPER together at tide's edge. A PIPIT 
overflight. 

 

 For further details and photos, please visit my blog at 
http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com 

  
 No sign of CAPE MAY WARBLER. RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER spotted briefly on 
Saturday by Keys, but I haven't had any luck. At least the sap might be flowing 
with these balmy temperatures! 

 

 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
Subject: Dusky Thrush at Unalaska
From: "Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:37:30 -0900
Dear friends and birders,

November 12, 2014

This morning I caught sight of a single DUSKY THRUSH in Unalaska, flying 
overhead and landing atop the spruce near town creek! Never having seen one 
before this is quite a bird! We may not have got Nuri's winds but maybe we are 
getting some 'results'? 

A hard frost and bright sun this morning, and the winter's first Dark-eyed 
Juncos, also down by the creek, in the salmonberry bushes. 



Suzi 


Suzi Golodoff
Aleutian Birding and Natural History
P.O. Box 11
Unalaska, Alaska 99685
Subject: Anchorage Christmas Bird Count for Kids Dec 7
From: "Beth Peluso bpeluso AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:59:49 -0800
Sunday, Dec. 7, 9:00am-1:00pm

Christmas Bird Count season is nearly here, and Audubon Alaska is once again 
working with the Alaska Zoo and US Fish & Wildlife service to offer a half-day 
Christmas Bird Count for Kids to introduce them to the count. We're looking for 
volunteers to help lead groups of young birders in bird ID. There will be a 
beginning birding session for the kids before we go out into the zoo to count. 
We'll tally our counts at the pizza lunch after the count. It's a fun event! 



If you're interested in helping out or have questions, please contact Beth 
Peluso at Audubon Alaska, at 907-276-7034 or email bpeluso (at) audubon.org. 


Thanks, 

Beth Peluso
Communications Manager, Audubon Alaska
Subject: Alcid Bonanza in Unalaska
From: "Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:06:55 -0900
Dear friends and birders,

November 11, 2014

Wow! Suddenly the west side of Unalaska Bay is teeming with alcids! Thousands 
of Common Murres and Pigeon Guillemots and tight, dark flocks of hundreds of 
Crested Auklets low over the water. It was like being out in Akutan Pass this 
afternoon, only without the tide rips. These are rare conditions, usually 
associated with big easterlies, but something pushed them all into the bay 
today. Most of the flocks were well offshore but a few veered in close, landing 
among the Harlequins and the winter's first Steller's Eiders. I thought I had 
some Whiskered among the Crested, smaller sized, and thinner plumed, but way 
out there, eluding the camera. It seems one always needs a longer lens... 



Suzi 


Suzi Golodoff
Aleutian Birding and Natural History
P.O. Box 11
Unalaska, Alaska 99685
Subject: White-winged crossbill
From: "G W spinscan AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:04:30 -0800
Today tue the 11th nov. White-winged crossbills Round Tree Dr. Anchorage. 
Haven't seen them here for the last few years. G. Wohlgemuth 

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Subject: Surf Scoter and winter arrivals in Unalaska
From: "Suzi Golodoff sgolodoff AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:43:35 -0900
Dear friends and birders,

Yesterday, November 10, 2014, I birded and played 'dodge squall' from Captains 
Bay (empty) to Morris Cove (bingo!). Grateful not to have blown off the charts 
by dire predictions of Super Nuri, I'd been hoping for storm birds, something, 
anything. Which explains why I gave the humdrum Harlequins and two lone scoters 
way off the beach at Morris a solid look through the binocs. When the one 
turned showing a white nape patch I knew I had a SURF SCOTER! Not many records 
of them in the Aleutians, so that was the big 'day bird'! Lacking the adult 
male Surf Scoter's bright orange bill, this looked like a female. First winter 
males supposedly lack a nape patch. 


There are hundreds of Black Scoters in the bays now, and the winter's first 
White-winged Scoters showed up November 5th, although there are still only a 
few so far. More Common Loons, Red-necked Grebes and Horned Grebes as we move 
into winter. On Summer Bay Lake, sixty some Greater Scaup, thirty some 
Buffleheads and the winter's first Common Goldeneyes. 


I watched a young Bald Eagle tear into a very late salmon, still alive, at the 
mouth of Icy Creek. 


Songbird-wise, nothing unusual yet, but Golden-crowned Sparrows (who in recent 
years have been staying through the winters) were heard singing this week along 
the creek during a mild ( spring-like?) rainy spell. 



Seen this week around Unalaska:

Emperor Goose, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Harlequin, SURF 
SCOTER, Black Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, 
Red-Breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Rock Ptarmigan, Common Loon, Horned 
Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Red-faced 
Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Black Oystercatcher, Rock Sandpiper, Wilson's 
Snipe, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, Common Murre, 
Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Belted Kingfisher, Common Raven, Pacific 
Wren, American Dipper, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Snow Bunting, 
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, Common Redpoll, Hoary Redpoll. 


Suzi

Suzi Golodoff
Aleutian Birding and Natural History
P.O. Box 11
Unalaska, Alaska 99685
(907) 581-1359
(907) 391-2345
Subject: Gov't Hill sparrows
From: "Thede Tobish tgtljo AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 14:21:29 -0900
Found a nice mixed flock on N. Boyd near north Government Hill this pm (11/9). 
It included at least 6 White-crowneds, 1 Am Tree, and 1 Chipping Sparrow along 
with 5-6 juncos. 


Thede Tobish

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Subject: Spenard Lake
From: "Steve W swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 13:56:31 -0900
A single Northwestern Crow was hanging out near Spenard Lake beach and the
intersection of Wisconsin & Lakeshore Dr. ?...Sunday appx noontime.

Steve W.
Subject: FYI: Kachemak Bay made the list!
From: "'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:19:40 -0900
We thought this was interesting and we're happy that "our" Kachemak Bay made 
the list of 20 best birdwatching areas!


Many great places on this list and you can vote for your choice if you wish.




Subject: USA TODAY: 10Best: Best Birdwatching nominees


From USA TODAY 10Best: Best Birdwatching nominees For many nature-loving
travelers in the USA, birdwatching is a favored pastime. Our 20 nominees for
the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice award for Best Birdwatching were
selected by a panel of birdwatching experts for their diversity, natural
beauty, conservation importance and convenience, and now it's your turn to
help choose the winners. You can vote for your favorite destination once per
day until voting ends on Nov. 10 at noon ET. Click here to vote, or visit
10Best.com/awards/travel.


The full list of nominees is as follows:


Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas
Big Bend, Texas
Bosque del Apache, N.M.
Cape May, N.J.
Central Park, N.Y.
Dauphin Island, Ala.
Dry Tortugas, Fla.
Everglades, Fla.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Pa.
Hawk Ridge, Minn.
KACHEMAK BAY, ALASKA (!!!!)
Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Machias Seal Island, Maine
Magee Marsh, Ohio
Monterey Bay, Calif.
Parker River, Mass.
Platte River Valley, Neb.
Point Reyes National Seashore, Calif.
Sanibel Island, Fla.
Southeastern, Ariz.


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Subject: Brown Booby Update
From: "Matt Goff goff AT nawwal.org [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 10:13:05 -0900
Another Brown Booby update posted here:
http://www.sitkanature.org/wordpress/2014/11/08/brown-booby-update-2/

Short version, she's doing well and they expect to send her south to a
place near Los Angeles for release as soon as the permits are in order.

Also I've included a photo from Justin S. who photographed a Brown Booby
east of Kodiak Island (near 56N 148W) on 28 October, the day before the
Sitka bird was brought in.

Thanks to Nat D. for forwarding Justin's observation, and to Justin for
permission to include his photos of the bird and location.

Matt Goff
Sitka
Subject: Brown Booby Update
From: "Matt Goff goff AT nawwal.org [Eaglechat]" <Eaglechat-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 10:13:05 -0900
Another Brown Booby update posted here:
http://www.sitkanature.org/wordpress/2014/11/08/brown-booby-update-2/

Short version, she's doing well and they expect to send her south to a
place near Los Angeles for release as soon as the permits are in order.

Also I've included a photo from Justin S. who photographed a Brown Booby
east of Kodiak Island (near 56N 148W) on 28 October, the day before the
Sitka bird was brought in.

Thanks to Nat D. for forwarding Justin's observation, and to Justin for
permission to include his photos of the bird and location.

Matt Goff
Sitka
Subject: Beak deformities in chickadees and nuthatches and where to report sightings
From: "ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Nov 2014 20:43:33 -0800
Hi Birders!
 

 I just wanted to send out this link (below) for reporting sighting of deformed 
(elongated/curved) beaks for birds such as black-capped chickadees and 
nuthatches and other birds across AK. I had a black-capped chickadee at my 
feeder this afternoon who had a top beak 4x longer than normal. I reported my 
sighting to the link below and I hope others will do the same to help 
researchers find a cause to this beak deformity issue. Please take a look at 
the link and the ongoing research that the Alaska Science Center and USGS are 
conducting. 

 

 Alaska Science Center - Beak Deformities 
http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/landbirds/beak_deformity/ 

 
 
 http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/landbirds/beak_deformity/ 
 
 Alaska Science Center - Beak Deformities 
http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/landbirds/beak_deformity/ Beak 
deformity, beak deformities, bill deformity, bill deformities, bird deformity, 
bird deformities, deformed beak, deformed bird, deformed bill, long bill, 
Black-... 

 
 
 
 View on alaska.usgs.gov 
http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/landbirds/beak_deformity/ 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  
 -Beth Norris
 Anchorage, AK
 ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net
Subject: Typhoon Nuri
From: "steve_scordino AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Nov 2014 14:23:36 -0800
With the Aleutian Islands poised to get nailed by this super storm, should 
Alaskans be on the look out for vagrants? Any thoughts on what may get thrown 
onto the mainland? Anyone going to be attempting to get a look in the Aleutians 
or Pribilofs following the storm? 
Subject: Anchorage-Saturday
From: "davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 17:51:52 -0500
There is lots of activity along Fish Creek from Turnagain Park to Northern  
Lights with lots of Robins, waxwings and starlings, about 10 juncos, etc.  
Nothing rare but the birds are spread out and one doesn't see a large 
proportion  of the individuals that are present.
Dave S
Subject: Thursday, November 6, 2014 Sorry, no Cape May Warbler today
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Nov 2014 22:48:49 -0800
Seward, Alaska
  
 The Lagoon, sandwiched between Third Avenue and Chamberlain/Dairy Hill Lane 
and Van Buren St continues to be a hot spot. Overnight, the middle refroze, 
concentrating the birds at the edges and creek inlets/outlets. 

  
 The stupendous TRUMPETER SWAN family once again spent the night at the south 
end of the Lagoon where I found them feeding steadily this morning. One cygnet 
figured out how to balance tail-up without falling over to reach deeper. A few 
MALLARDS hovered nearby to take advantage of any leftovers. Occasionally, a 
silver salmon bumped into a swan, “goosing” them into rapid retreat, very 
funny to watch. The parents are magnificent, continuing to guard their four 
beautiful cygnets. 

  
 Over at the north end by Dairy Hill Lane, the bald eagles, ravens, and gulls 
are just going nuts over the bountiful silver salmon, still surging into the 
streams to spawn. The THAYER’S GULL monitors the eggs at the culverts, 
especially when the tide is not too high, plunging its head underwater to 
snatch them up. 

  
 A first year BALD EAGLE figured out how to disembowel a female silver salmon, 
regretfully still alive, and feasted on her jewel-like eggs. An older eaglet 
stood patiently in the water nearby, waiting and watching. Finally, the younger 
eagle moved off and he moved in. After a bit, he moved off a few yards, and 
immediately the nearby RAVENS zipped in to gobble up the scattered eggs. 

  
 The ravens chased off the crying GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS who also sought the 
bounty, but everyone had to back off when the eagle swaggered back. One brave 
raven leaned over as far as possible to ease his beak to the edge of the pile 
of eggs while the others watched warily to see if the eagle would take off his 
head. Back and forth, the birds negotiated rights to the feast as if it was the 
only salmon available. 

  
 As Richard Nelson of Encounters said, “Life is only borrowed from other 
life.” 

  
 A pair of DIPPERS raced across the scene, noisily chasing each other. The 
winner did a victory lap over an innocent pair of MALLARDS, who took 
“ducked” to avoid this fired up little gray song bird. A short time later, 
I heard the dipper singing from the stream, king of the world and a vast 
treasure of eggs. 

  
 A racket of creaks and squeaks from the alders drew me across the lane to a 
flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Their numbers have increased dramatically from a few 
birds to over 20. It’s great to see them again. 

  
 The CAPE MAY WARBLER was notably missing, and now has not been seen since 
Monday, November 3. I fear he is gone. 

  
 I did check for the STELLER’S EIDER at both Spring Creek Beach and Fourth of 
July Beach but did not find him. I suspect he is still around, but was just not 
in view from land. 

  
 I also checked several times, briefly, for the RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, but did 
not see him. Hopefully he is still around too, and has discovered the suet 
feeders nearby. 

  
 Downtown, everyone is amazed at the numbers of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS. There might 
be a CEDAR WAXWING among them. 

  
 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: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 Seward Cape May Warbler not found today
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Nov 2014 20:57:34 -0800
Seward, Alaska
 

 Despite the efforts of Seward birders and visiting birders from Anchorage, 
Soldotna, and Kodiak, the CAPE MAY WARBLER was again not found today. 

 

 I did not search for the STELLER'S EIDER, but suspect it is still on the east 
side of Resurrection Bay in the general area of Spring Creek Beach to Fourth of 
July Beach. (See previous posts for more detailed directions.) 

 

 The RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was also spotted today in the alley between First 
and Second Avenues north of Jefferson Street. 

 

 The gulls at the north end of the Lagoon by Dairy Hill Lane include THAYER'S, 
MEW, GLAUCOUS-WINGED, HERRING, and GLAUCOUS-WINGED-HERRING HYBRIDS. Watch for a 
light THAYER'S that may be a first-cycle Kumlien's, noted by Luke DeCicco. 

 

 Also present at the Cape May Warbler site by the Lagoon: RUSTY BLACKBIRD, 
DIPPER, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS overflight, RED CROSSBILL overflight, and the usual 
SONG SPARROWS, BALD EAGLES, RAVENS, MALLARDS, COMMON MERGANSERS, and COMMON 
GOLDENEYES. The TRUMPETER SWAN family of 4 cygnets spent the night and most of 
the morning at the south end of the Lagoon. 

 

 I found 5 MARBLED MURRELETS along Lowell Point Road, calling loudly to each 
other. Also dozens of BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES and 70+ BARROW'S GOLDENEYES. 

 

 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
  
Subject: Inquiry about Seward Steller's Eider and Cape May Warbler
From: "ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Nov 2014 19:37:17 -0800
Hi Birders!
 

 I would very much appreciate any update about the Steller's eider and Cape May 
warbler and any other birds from folks, if they have time, before the weekend. 
I'm thinking about heading down to Seward mid-day Friday for some birding over 
the weekend. 

 

 I anyone else will be in Seward for the weekend and is interested in meeting 
up please let me know! 505-500-2142 (text or call). 

 

 Sometimes these AK birding replies go to my spam mailbox, so, I will try and 
make sure to check my spam box so that I can reply back! 

 

 Thanks so much!
 

 Beth Norris
 ejnorris AT sbcglobal.net
 Anchorage, AK
Subject: Homer finches
From: "S Friend sjfriend AT horizonsatellite.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:39:20 -0900
While walking along Homer harbor this afternoon had flock of 50+ Grey crowned 
rosy finches fly overhead. 



Steven Friend
Subject: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Seward Cape May Warbler not found
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Nov 2014 21:58:06 -0800
The conditions were perfect this morning to spot the CAPE MAY WARBLER at the 
preferred location on Dairy Hill Lane: excellent lighting on an unexpected 
sunny day to see a small yellow bird, nice and calm in this protected pocket to 
notice a warbler flitting through the alder and willow branches, and quiet 
enough to hear any vocalizations. Perfect except the star of the show failed to 
appear. 

  
 It is possible that the bird took advantage of the clear skies last night to 
fly away; sometimes inclement and cloudy weather helps to keep them grounded. 
Or he just happened to not be feeding here today. There’s a lot of territory 
to hide in. Seward birders will keep looking and will post updates. 

  
 The RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was, in contrast, very cooperative and all who came 
got a good look at him tending his sap wells. 

  
 The STELLER’S EIDER was out of sight of land-bound birders, but the Alaska 
Sealife Center Resurrection Bay survey crew found him in the usual company of 
HARLEQUINS north of Spring Creek Beach this afternoon. 

  
 Two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS flew across the Spring Creek Beach parking lot as I 
scanned for the eider, about time they showed up. 

  
 A special treat was the very unusual appearance of the Nash Road TRUMPETER 
SWAN family of 4 cygnets at the south end of the Lagoon. I don’t remember 
ever seeing swans feeding here. Many locals saw these graceful swans and were 
equally impressed and amazed. 

  
 More weather is forecast for later this week which might prove interesting.
 Stay tuned!
  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 

Subject: Monday, November 3, 2014 Cape May Warbler still here!
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Nov 2014 21:27:13 -0800
Seward, Alaska

  
 Sunrise 8:26 am, sunset 4:55 pm for a total day length of 8 hours and 26 
minutes. Tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 8 seconds shorter. 

  
 The CAPE MAY WARBLER survived a night of freezing rain that coated the streets 
and ground with ice until it melted by mid-day. He looked very healthy as he 
flitted quickly from twig to twig, gleaning spiders, other invertebrates, and 
insects hiding in the bark and lichens. About the size of an alder leaf, he 
resembled one tumbling through the branches with unseen updrafts landing him in 
new territories to explore. 

  
 Several local birders and four Anchorage birders got good looks at this rarity 
this morning. He seems to like the alders and willows lining Dairy Hill Lane 
between the Lagoon and horse corral, but also disappeared at times and then 
returned. 

  
 While waiting for him to return, check out the THAYER’S GULL(S) feasting on 
salmon eggs and sushi with HERRING GULLS, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS, and RAVENS. 
The Thayer’s is smaller, has a more slender bill, a dark tail and dark 
primary tips, patterned back, rounded head with a dark eye, and pink legs. 
It’s quite a challenge to figure out the different gulls. Don’t forget to 
check for that warbler now and then! 

  
 SONG SPARROWS sang with gusto. A GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW peeked behind some low 
alder branches. Two GREAT BLUE HERONS flew over the Lagoon, watched by a BALD 
EAGLE perched in a spruce. A DIPPER sang to the stream and the silver salmon 
splashing their way ever upstream to spawn and strew coral-colored eggs like 
Mardi Gras beads. About 50 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS flew overhead, then about 30 
PIGEONS. 

  
 The “Little-Sit” was a lot of fun with so many eyes to pull birds out of 
the thickets, water, and sky. 

  
 I checked the alley between First and Second Avenues by Jefferson Street; sure 
enough, the RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was busy tending his sap wells. I pulled 
forward and stopped at the top of the hill. A SONG SPARROW popped up within 
arm’s reach and sat on the elderberry branch, totally unconcerned. A large 
flock of DARK-EYED JUNCOS flowed along the shrubbery along the road. As I 
checked for the White-throated Sparrow, my cell rang. Pat and Eric had indeed 
found the STELLER’S EIDER on the east side of the bay at Spring Creek Beach 
and were very pleased with their Seward trip. 

  
 Just then the Juncos abruptly disappeared in a flurry of feathers. A second 
later, a stunning SHARP-SHINNED HAWK flashed in and perched on a branch, its 
long, slender, bright yellow legs gleaming. Finding nothing to eat, off he 
flew. What a great surprise! 

  
 Back home, I froze as a perky, petite PACIFIC WREN hopped around my front 
yard, busily checking out the spruce tree trunk, and the site of the former and 
future bird feeder, his little tail jauntily cocked upwards. That was another 
treat. 

  
 CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES did find my small 
sunflower seed feeder and swarmed it periodically with tiny, excited remarks. 
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS seeped from the spruce branches, passing through. I was 
glad that I could spend time outside taking care of chores while listening and 
watching to the bird activity all around. Someday, I should do a “Little 
Sit” in my yard! 

  
 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: Cape May Warbler
From: "Louann Feldmann louannf AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 03 Nov 2014 20:19:40 -0900
I'm happy to report the Cape May Warbler was still present near the 
lagoon in Seward today and I can stop kicking myself for not getting to 
the McCarthy road in 2013.  Thank yous to Luke for finding it and Carol 
Griswold for hanging around to let us know she saw it this AM and our 
wait (turned out to be about 10 min.) would likely be worth it.  The 
Red-breasted Sapsucker and Steller's Eider also gave us good looks at 
the 1st/2nd alley by the house foundation and the Spring Creek Beach 
respectively.  Louann Feldmann


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Subject: Brown Booby Update
From: "Matt Goff goff AT nawwal.org [Eaglechat]" <Eaglechat-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 17:15:33 -0900
For folks interested in the condition of the Brown Booby, it sounds like
she's doing well. I was given an update today and a couple of newer photos
that I've posted here:

http://www.sitkanature.org/wordpress/2014/11/03/brown-booby-update/

One of the commenters on the original post said this bird is an Adult
female from the eastern Pacific, not the subspecies that occurs in Hawaii
and the central Pacific.

Thanks,

Matt Goff
Sitka
Subject: Brown Booby Update
From: "Matt Goff goff AT nawwal.org [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 17:15:33 -0900
For folks interested in the condition of the Brown Booby, it sounds like
she's doing well. I was given an update today and a couple of newer photos
that I've posted here:

http://www.sitkanature.org/wordpress/2014/11/03/brown-booby-update/

One of the commenters on the original post said this bird is an Adult
female from the eastern Pacific, not the subspecies that occurs in Hawaii
and the central Pacific.

Thanks,

Matt Goff
Sitka
Subject: Anchorage Killdeer
From: "ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Nov 2014 17:41:33 -0800
At least one Killdeer is still hanging out along the coastal trail between 
Chester Creek and Fish Creek. Heard and observed from the Audubon Bench from 
3:00-4:00 this afternoon, 11/3. Also, several Bonaparte's and Mew Gulls along 
with some larger Herring-type Gulls. 

 

 -Frank
Subject: Kenai Flats 11/2
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Nov 2014 13:03:41 -0800
It was a very mild 37 degrees yesterday when we hiked the Kenai Flats. The kids 
and I scared up a late SHORT-EARED OWL and a very late PECTORAL SANDPIPER. We 
were able to approach the lone Pectoral Sandpiper to within 20'. No other 
Pectoral or Sharp-tailed Sandpipers were found. We only found one SNOW BUNTING 
and a sizable flock of 330 Mallards was notable for the late date. 

 

 Toby Burke
 Kenai, AK
Subject: Middleton Island, 2014 highlights report
From: "Luke DeCicco akswallow AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 21:58:40 -0900
Greetings,
Below you will find our brief highlights report for our 2014 Middleton Island 
autumn season. 




















Our 2014 autumn migration monitoring on Middleton Island, a
Fish and Wildlife Service supported project, ran from 11 August to 16 October.
This was our fourth and final season of autumn migration monitoring on the
Island. Our work has been focused on monitoring trans-Gulf of Alaska passerine
migration, describing species composition and timing, and collecting data to
determine the effects of weather on passerine migrants in the Gulf of Alaska.
In addition to tracking passerine numbers via a mist-netting effort, we spent
significant time monitoring the migratory timing of other avian taxa on the
island. This effort has resulted in a large increase in our knowledge of
trans-Gulf of Alaska bird migration. Middleton Island has previously been
proven to be a vagrant trap. Work in the 1980s by Gibson, Tobish, Isleib, and
Heinl highlighted the islands potential as such, primarily in the fall. This
project was supported by Steve Matsuoka and Jim Johnson of the USFWS and Dave
Tessler of ADFG. 

Autumn 2014 was highlighted by low numbers of migrant
passerines but high numbers of unusual species. The weather regime during
August and September was noticeably different than in previous years, with
high-pressure systems persisting over the Gulf of Alaska resulting in abnormal
amounts of clear weather. Few major low-pressure systems moved over the region
resulting in minimal severe weather. 

In autumn 2014 we detected 193 species of birds on Middleton
Island, 10 species were new to the island, bringing to total Middleton Island
list to 263 species (22 of which are unsubstantiated). 

Here we summarize, in taxonomic order, the more unusual
species (on a state-wide level) observed during autumn 2014. We will, in due
time, write a full report (with substantially more details than presented here)
on all species observed during autumn 2014, but for the time being, and for
brevity, we here summarize the unusual (on a state-wide level) species observed
during autumn 2014. Please e-mail me (lhdecicco AT gmail.com) if you are
interested in receiving a copy of this report or any reports from previous
seasons. 

Enjoy,

Luke DeCicco, Nick Hajdukovich, and Charlie Wright.

 

Unusual bird species observed on Middleton Island, autumn
2014

Ruddy Duck: A single adult male was observed for over
a month, first noted on 18 August 2014, this was the first record for Middleton
Island.

Hooded Merganser: A single male was observed on 11
October 2014.

Eared Grebe: A single bird was observed on 7 October
2014, this was the first record of this species for Middleton Island. 

Flesh-footed Shearwater: Higher than average numbers
were noted in autumn 2014. Peak daily estimates of 60-100 birds occurred on
26-27 September, peak single counts were 37 (in a scan of the eastern nearshore
waters) and 50 (seen in 30 minutes flying in one direction). Daily counts
routinely ranged from 10-20 birds throughout the season.

Manx Shearwater: Lower than normal numbers were noted
with peak counts of two to three individuals.

Gray-tailed Tattler: A single adult was found on 18
August 2014, this was the third record for Middleton Island.

Red-necked Stint: A single juvenile was observed from
29-30 August 2014 representing Middletons second record of this species. 

South Polar Skua: Two were noted on 24 September
2014.

Pacific Swift: A single individual was observed on 21
August 2014 representing the second record of this species for Middleton
Island. 

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher: A single bird was detected
on 30 August 2014, a year to the day since the first Middleton record in 2013.

Least Flycatcher: One bird on 8 September 2014 was
our only record this fall.

Hammonds Flycatcher: Middletons third record was
observed on 11-12 September 2014.

Dusky Flycatcher: Single individuals were found on 11
September, 22 September, and 4 October. We are unsure of how many individuals
these three observations represent. These are the first records of the species
for Middleton Island.

Warbling Vireo: The only observation in 2014 was of
one bird on 1 October.

Skylark: A single bird was 28 September 2014.

Wood Warbler: A remarkable record, one was found on 7
October 2014, this was the first record of this species for Middleton Island. 

Yellow-browed Warbler: A single bird was found on 19
September 2014, this is the first record for Middleton Island. 

Northern Wheatear: One bird was seen on 25 September
2014.

Mountain Bluebird: A single individuals was observed
briefly on 21 September 2014.

Gray Catbird: A single bird was noted on 14 September
2014, just minutes after the above-mentioned mockingbird. This is the first
record of the species for Middleton Island.

Northern Mockingbird: A single bird was seen on 14
September 2014.

Eastern Yellow Wagtail: A single bird was noted on 28
August 2014, there are multiple previous observations of this species for
Middleton Island.

Olive-backed Pipit: A single bird was observed on 24
September 2014.

Red-throated Pipit: This uncommon migrant on
Middleton was first noted on 29 August, small numbers were observed through
early October. 

Tennessee Warbler: Only two individuals of this
species were noted in 2014, one on 9 September and another on 29 September.

Nashville Warbler: A single individual was found on 5
October 2014.

Magnolia Warbler: A single bird was first seen on 4
October 2014.

Palm Warbler: A single bird was found on 22 September
2014, and six (!) individuals were found on 1 October 2014.

Clay-colored Sparrow: A single bird was found on 20
September 2014, this represents the first record for Middleton Island. 

White-throated Sparrow: Unprecedented numbers
observed in 2014 with three on 6 October 2014, one on 8 October 2014, and three
on13 October.

Rustic Bunting: A single bird was found on 13 October
2014, this represents the first record of the species for Middleton Island.

Western Tanager: A single bird was observed on 8
September 2014.

Brambling: A single bird was observed on 20 September
2014.

Purple Finch: One bird was noted one 22 September
2014, identified as the western subspecies based on call.

 

 

 		 	   		  
Subject: Cape May Warbler, White-throated Sparrow in Seward
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 20:31:38 -0900
Luke DeCicco, Nick Hajdukovich, Thede Tobish, and I made the journey south to 
Seward today from Anchorage after scrapping yesterday's planned trip due to 
unfavorable weather conditions. We were well rewarded by the birds and the 
relatively mild conditions in town until we were leaving in the afternoon when 
the serious rain arrived. 

The clear highlight was also at one of our first stops when Nick spotted a male 
CAPE MAY WARBLER near the Benny Benson Lagoon as everyone else was puzzling 
over gulls. It remained in the area for awhile and was well photographed, at 
times coming within several feet of us. Among the gulls feeding on rotting 
salmon at the exit stream for the lagoon was a juvenile THAYER'S GULL and a 
good candidate for a "KUMLIEN'S" ICELAND GULL which requires a bit more 
investigation. From there we proceeded to check the rest of town as thoroughly 
as we could with the best birds being a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW among a flock of 
Dark-eyed Juncos near Jefferson and the 1st/2nd alley and the continuing 
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER in the same basic area. Otherwise town was pretty quiet 
with several flocks of juncos totaling 110-120 birds but only one other sparrow 
to be found, a WHITE-CROWNED. 

Checks of Lowell Point and Nash Road later into the afternoon led to more of 
the same but a flyover group of three RED CROSSBILLS at Lowell was about the 
best birds we could turn up at those locations. 

Scott SchuetteAnchorage, AK 		 	   		  
Subject: Sunday, November 2, 2014 CAPE MAY WARBLER! Seward, AK
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Nov 2014 15:37:53 -0800
Uber-Birders, Thede Tobish, Luke DeCicco, Nick Hajdukovich and Scott Shuette 
pulled into Seward today to do a little serious birding after the big storms. 
At their second stop on Dairy Hill Lane between the horse corral and the Benny 
Benson Park Lagoon, they discovered a bright male CAPE MAY WARBLER. This is the 
first sighting for the Kenai Peninsula. 

 

 In June 16, 2013, a single bird was found near McCarthy and a pair of Cape May 
warblers were discovered a week later. The species is listed as Casual in the 
Checklist of Alaska Birds. Aaron Lang posted photos from Gambell on September 
8, 2012 on his blog at 
http://www.birdingak.com/2012/09/15/an-odd-couple-pechora-pipit-and-cape-may-warbler/ 
http://www.birdingak.com/2012/09/15/an-odd-couple-pechora-pipit-and-cape-may-warbler/ 

 

 But enough of the statistics! If you come, look in the alders and willows for 
a bright yellow warbler flitting from twig to branch. Thede suggested that this 
species would be attracted by a suet feeder and might even be persuaded to 
remain for the winter. I will try to get a suet feeder in place. 

 

 While you are in Seward, look for the male STELLER'S EIDER on the east side of 
the bay, and the male RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER in the alley between First and 
Second Aves by Jefferson Street. 

 

 I'm waiting to hear what else the Fabulous Four might find!
 

 Good luck and 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: nice walk at goosebay this morning. But!!!!
From: "Rick James denalidude88 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:51:04 -0800
Went for a nice walk this morning at Goose bay. Seen couple of gray jays, some 
ravens and one ticked off squirrel. Enjoyed reading the Sunday paper too. But, 
some idiot dumped a load of asphalt roof shingles in the new parking area at 
the bay. Damn!! I hate a litterbug to begin with, but with all the work that 
people have done to clean things up there and for some idiot to do this. where 
is the respect!! I hope there new roof leaks!!! Get down there and enjoy we 
will eventually drive piggish people like this litterbug away for good!! 

Rick
Subject: Re: Anchorage Say's Phoebe
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:08:40 -0500

If anyone wants to see pictures of the phoebe, please email me.

Lynn Barber
Anchorage


-----Original Message-----
From: dalybar AT aol.com [AKBirding] 
To: AKBirding 
Sent: Sat, Nov 1, 2014 4:23 pm
Subject: [AK Birding] Anchorage Say's Phoebe











A Say's Phoebe is hanging around our porch today, wagging its tail a bit. I 
thought it was way too late for one to still be here, so I played a tape in my 
dining room and the bird nearly came inside. 


Lynn Barber
Anchorage (south east side, just off Elmore Rd.)






Subject: Re: Redhead Lake Hood - Update
From: "Courtney Brown blackwolfbrown AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 13:35:40 -0800
I went looking for the redhead and canvasback at the air museum this morning 
and found two scaup and one (I am almost certain) tufted duck. I am hoping for 
conformation from other, more experienced, birders. 




> On Nov 1, 2014, at 1:21 PM, avocet AT gci.net [AKBirding] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Only a small patch of open water (3' x 4') by Rust's Flying Service was 
present at Lake Hood around noon. The Redhead and Canvasback were gone and it 
only had 3 Lesser Scaup. 

> 
> 
> 
> Tom Evans
> 
> Anchorage
> 
> 
Subject: Anchorage Say's Phoebe
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Nov 2014 17:10:37 -0700
 
 A Say's Phoebe is hanging around our porch today, wagging its tail a bit. I 
thought it was way too late for one to still be here, so I played a tape in my 
dining room and the bird nearly came inside. 

  
 Lynn Barber
 Anchorage (south east side, just off Elmore Rd.)
Subject: Redhead Lake Hood - Update
From: "avocet AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Nov 2014 14:21:46 -0700
Only a small patch of open water (3' x 4') by Rust's Flying Service was present 
at Lake Hood around noon. The Redhead and Canvasback were gone and it only had 
3 Lesser Scaup. 

 

 Tom Evans
 Anchorage