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31 Jan Anchorage finches ["tim.stevenson80 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
31 Jan unsubscribe ["matthew jung mpjung5125 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
31 Jan Cassin's seen at Spenard Crossing location. ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
30 Jan Sharp-shinned Hawk Scores ["cmannix AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" ]
30 Jan Anchorage - Varied Thrush in USGS parking lot ["steve_scordino AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
30 Jan Male Cassian's Finch in Homer ["tkreiser AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
30 Jan Central Peninsula Highlights ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
28 Jan Northern Goshawk at Russian Jack Park (Anchorage) ["prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
28 Jan Anchorage Audubon Seward Winter Field Trip ["Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
27 Jan Kinglet still here! ["mossy seaside AT xyz.net [AKBirding]" ]
27 Jan Anchorage Purple Finch and Cassin's Finch present Monday ["prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
26 Jan Monday, January 26, 2015 Icicle Eagle and Fluffed up Robins ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
25 Jan Sunday, January 25, 2015 Seward Steller's Eider and Black-legged Kittiwakes ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
25 Jan Anchorage--Gov't Hill Chipping Sparrow ["Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
25 Jan This weekend W Prince William Sound ["Kate McLaughlin mclenvironmental AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
25 Jan Anch Townsends Solitaire ["G W spinscan AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
24 Jan Funny River Burn Woodpeckers 1/24 ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
24 Jan Saturday, January 24, 2015 Seward Swans, Purple Finch, Tree Sparrow ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
24 Jan American Three-toed Woodpecker ["Louann Feldmann ravenlinkarts AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
24 Jan Cassin's - Anchorage ["Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
23 Jan Anchorage Townsend's Solitare ["ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
23 Jan T Solitaire ["David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
22 Jan Seward 1/20 ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
22 Jan Common Eider ["Ken Stenek kstenek AT shh.bssd.org [AKBirding]" ]
22 Jan Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 1-21-15 ["'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
22 Jan Ruby Crnd. Kinlget ["mossy seaside AT xyz.net [AKBirding]" ]
21 Jan Anchorage - Finches on Wednesday; Northern Shrike ["steve_scordino AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
20 Jan Finches at Spenard Crossing ["pat AT pourchot.com [AKBirding]" ]
20 Jan Townsends Solitaire ["Louann Feldmann ravenlinkarts AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
19 Jan FW: Posting ["anthony newcomer onekoolkid0 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
19 Jan CASSIN's FINCH Anchorage ["Enric Fernandez somateriafischeri AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
19 Jan Anchorage Purple Finch present Monday morning ["prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
18 Jan American Pipit, Homer ["birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
19 Jan Purple finches/Anchorage ["Enric Fernandez somateriafischeri AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
18 Jan Spenard xing Purple Finch x2 ["Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
18 Jan TWO Purple Finches Spenard Crossing ["pat AT pourchot.com [AKBirding]" ]
18 Jan Purple Finch (yes) and Rusty Blackbird - Anchorage ["Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
18 Jan Re: Winter red knot near Cordova ["Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
18 Jan Homer/Kachemak Bay Birders' Trip: 1-17-15 ["'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
18 Jan Re: Winter red knot near Cordova ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Jan Winter red knot near Cordova ["milosphotos AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Jan PURPLE FINCH PHOTOS ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
17 Jan Re: Anchorage Purple Finch ["Lynn Barber dalybar AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Jan NW Crow ["Louann Feldmann ravenlinkarts AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Jan Re: Anchorage Purple Finch ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Jan Re: Anchorage Purple Finch ["Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Jan Anchorage Purple Finch ["prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
16 Jan Windy (New Seward Highway, Anchorage) Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches ["prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
15 Jan Northwest Crow In Spenard ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
15 Jan R C Kinglet ["mossy seaside AT xyz.net [AKBirding]" ]
13 Jan Anchorage Green-wing Teal ["ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
12 Jan Monday, January 15, 2015 First of Year Birds and then some ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
10 Jan Golden eagle found ["Jonah Linquist birderjonah1 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
09 Jan Friday, January 9, 2015 Purple Finch and Steller’s Eider still here ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
10 Jan another Steller's eider in Seward ["Jonah Linquist birderjonah1 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
9 Jan Dipper ["G W spinscan AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
09 Jan No Golden Eagle -Seward ["tjbluebird AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
9 Jan you know its a wierd winter when... ["Kate McLaughlin mclenvironmental AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
8 Jan Seward golden eagle ["Jonah Linquist birderjonah1 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
08 Jan January 8, 2014 Mystery Gull identified as common Glaucous-winged Gull ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
08 Jan Anchorage Audubon Events ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
08 Jan Anchorage Audubon Program Next Week ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
07 Jan Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Excitement at the Lagoon ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
06 Jan Second cygnet dies from power line collision! ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
06 Jan Seward correction ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
05 Jan Monday, January 5, 2015 Golden Eagle alert! ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
04 Jan Flickers ["Louann Feldmann louannf AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
04 Jan Sunday, January 4, 2015 Trumpeter Swan family tragedy ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
3 Jan Homer Christmas Bird Count: final report ["'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
03 Jan Anchorage--Windy Corner Townsend's Solitaires ["Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
3 Jan ebird editor? ["Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
03 Jan Correction to Seward CBC count ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
02 Jan Anchorage Jan 1st & 2nd ["swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
02 Jan 2014 Seward CBC summary ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
3 Jan Townsend's Solitaire/Turnagain Arm ["Enric Fernandez somateriafischeri AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
2 Jan Re: Common Goldeneye in Anchorage ["Frank Clemens ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]

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


Tim

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Dick Prentki

Anchorage

Prentki AT acsalaska.net



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

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage


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

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

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

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

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


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

 

Dick Prentki

Anchorage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
Subject: Anchorage--Gov't Hill Chipping Sparrow
From: "Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:57:09 -0900
Hi all,
Today Enric and I walked the streets on the western side of Gov't Hill 
late this AM and (re)-found a CHIPPING SPARROW, likely the same 
individual that Thede T. reported back on 11/9.
We first spotted it in a group of about 10 Juncos near the intersection 
of E. Manor Ave, and Cunningham St.
About a block to the West we also found a snappy looking adult 
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.
Watch and listen for the Juncos and if you find them you must be in the 
right area.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage


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Subject: This weekend W Prince William Sound
From: "Kate McLaughlin mclenvironmental AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:38:35 +0000 (UTC)
We finally had something resembling a snow storm on Sat. before it cleared out 
and the temps dropped below freezing last night.  Today is bright with a 
chilly north breeze and lots of birds around. 


Found 4 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS on the rocks off of the beach at a minus tide 
yesterday a.m.  They aren't supposed to be here.  Maybe they left last night 
before it got so frosty, because the rocks were empty of oystercatchers this 
morning.BELTED KINGFISHERBALD EAGLE - We're watching the traditional nest site 
being made ready for the year's brood.  Hubby and I challenged each other to 
climb up and see if there were any eggs yet.  We both declined to try, 
especially under the baleful gaze of Mrs. Eagle perched on top of the nest 
tree, while Mr. circled overhead.PINE SISKIN - large flocks around the village 
along with RED CROSSBILLSSHARP-SHINNED HAWK - enjoyed watching him harassing 
the pine siskins 

CHESTNUT BACKED CHICKADEESTELLAR'S JAYBLACK-BILLED MAGPIEDOWNY 
WOODPECKERRAVENCROWBLACK-BILLED MAGPIEBARROW'S 
GOLDEN-EYEHARLEQUINGLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLMEW GULLBLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKEGREAT BLUE 
HERONPELAGIC CORMORANTSURF SCOTERRED-BREASTED MERGANZER 

COMMON MURE
 Happy Birding,
Kate
 McLaughlin Environmental ServicesPO Box 8043Chenega Bay, Alaska 
99574907/573-2006www.akenvironmentalservices.com  
Subject: Anch Townsends Solitaire
From: "G W spinscan AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:38:29 -0800
Present today Sunday 12 noon to 12:30 at fish & wildlife 42 nd ave entrance/ 
parking lot. 


G wohlgemuth

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Subject: Funny River Burn Woodpeckers 1/24
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jan 2015 23:54:57 -0800
I finally returned to the Funny River Burn via the Funny River Horse Trail 
since finding two Black-backed Woodpeckers there with my wife and children on 
November 15. Today it was cold and windless with a fresh 7 inches of snow. I 
started searching at 0900, repeatedly walking 100 feet, pausing, and listening 
for pecking and scaling. After nearly four hours and four miles I'd found 3 
American Three-toed Woodpeckers and 2 Hairy Woodpeckers. After exactly four 
hours, while surveying on the way out, I finally found a male BLACK-BACKED 
WOODPECKER hammering away at a large white spruce (with a porcupine watching 
him from 30 feet away). I watched the bird for 20 minutes as it never left the 
tree while I was there. This bird was only about a half mile from the Funny 
River Road turnout and trailhead. 

 

 Toby Burke
 Kenai, AK 
 

Subject: Saturday, January 24, 2015 Seward Swans, Purple Finch, Tree Sparrow
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jan 2015 22:01:49 -0800
Seward, Alaska
  
 Sunrise 9:29 am, sunset 4:50 pm, for a total day length of 7 hours and 20 
minutes. Tomorrow will be 4 minutes and 37 seconds longer. 

  
 Our first snowfall of the year on Thursday was pathetic, not even covering the 
tips of the still-green grass blades. Under cover of darkness, a scant inch of 
snow fell, giving the plows something to practice on. When it warmed just a few 
degrees and all that potential turned to cold rain and ice. Bah! 

  
 Today, the blasting north wind returned and the temperature again dropped to 
the mid-20s. A deeper plunge into the teens with strong north wind 20-35 mph 
with gusts to 50 mph is forecast for tonight and Sunday. The wind sure makes it 
miserable for humans and birds alike. 

  
 Whether rain, snow, sleet, or clear, there are four VARIED THRUSHES that sing 
every morning in my neighborhood, sometimes in chorus. It is a bit odd, but 
inspiring nonetheless, and their striking orange and black coloration brightens 
any day. About 15 ROBINS were here this morning with a few VARIED THRUSHES, 
chased around by five STELLER’S JAYS who had nothing better to do. 

  
 I checked the Mile 1 Nash Road wetlands this afternoon and found the TRUMPETER 
SWAN family of four at the back near a bit of open water. The cygnets and one 
adult were napping on the ice, heads tucked into their warm feathers, braced 
against the fierce wind. The other adult was feeding, but kept a watchful eye 
over its family. It’s a tough time and bound to get worse when the wetlands 
freeze completely. 

  
 Ava’s Place is now an official eBird Hotspot, and with good reason. I 
enjoyed watching her increasing flock of scrappy little PINE SISKINS scrabble 
for sunflower seeds on the ground with the much larger PINE GROSBEAKS. Nervous, 
they repeatedly flew frantically up to the nearby cottonwoods and then quickly 
returned, another false alarm. With this many birds, there’s bound to be a 
predator around, but I didn’t see one. 

  
 One of those return flights delivered a handsome AMERICAN TREE SPARROW with 
his bicolored black and yellow bill, “tie-tack”, and warm chestnut browns. 
He hopped about, dodging the siskins, grabbing whatever bits he could find. 

  
 Another flurry included the PURPLE FINCH, so much larger than either the tree 
sparrow or siskins, and with such a chunky bill. He seemed quite comfortable 
feeding on the ground with the rest of the mixed flock, and often, perhaps 
dangerously, chose to stay rather than beat a quick exit with the others. 

  
 Recently, Kit and Janet D saw a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET dash in and out among the 
regulars. One never knows what will show up at Ava’s! 

  
 Even a little icy snow makes scavenging harder for the birds and the feeders 
are a welcome source of calories; keep yours full of sunflower seeds and suet. 
And if you enjoy Ava’s birds, please consider bringing some sunflower seeds 
to share with all those hungry birds. 

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

  
Subject: American Three-toed Woodpecker
From: "Louann Feldmann ravenlinkarts AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:15:58 -0900
My husband and I hiked Winner Creek Trail in Girdwood today looking for
Chestnut-backed Chickadees. Didn't see any but got good close views of a
female Am. Three-toed Woodpecker about a quarter of a mile from the cut off
to the Upper Winner Creek Trail. I'll take it. 😊  Louann Feldmann
Subject: Cassin's - Anchorage
From: "Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:57:40 -0900
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Subject: Anchorage Townsend's Solitare
From: "ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Jan 2015 15:30:54 -0800
Still being seen today at 2:20pm; security guard says it's been around all 
morning. Mountain Ash at the main (west) entrance seems to be the place to 
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Subject: T Solitaire
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Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:04:37 -0900
SW Corner of F and W parking lot in near part of apartments at 3 PM
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Subject: Seward 1/20
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jan 2015 23:11:45 -0800
On Tuesday we birded Seward in the high winds. Though the Bay was nothing but 
whitecaps and virtually birdless and downtown areas were remarkably barren we 
did manage to easily find the GOLDEN EAGLE soaring over Seward for most of 
mid-day, the PURPLE FINCH among the siskins at Ava's, the WHITE-THROATED 
SPARROW at Bluefield, the KILLDEER at Afognak Beach, and the HOODED MERGANSER 
on the Lagoon. But the Brambling eluded us at the "Beanery" and "The Hedge" as 
the ceaseless din of nearby construction repelled all things avian from dawn 
till dusk. Before leaving town a flock of 15 or so silent American Robins flew 
overhead, most likely toward an evening roost, but they were already well past 
us before we realized it and thus we did not detect the European Starling that 
has been among the flock for the past several weeks. (Yes, European Starling is 
still a novel and tough year bird to find and target on the Kenai Peninsula.) 

 

 Toby and Laura Burke
 Kenai, AK
 

Subject: Common Eider
From: "Ken Stenek kstenek AT shh.bssd.org [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:42:55 -0900
Had a Common Eider hen brought into my classroom yesterday by one of the locals 
that found the bird outside of the school. The bird wouldnt fly and was fairly 
calm when he brought it into the room. Even allowed me to stroke its head with 
a finger without going nuts, maybe enjoying the warmth of the school as we had 
subzero temps yesterday but at the same time I fear for its health today. 
Pretty odd sighting this time of the year but there is an open lead not too far 
off shore so maybe not that much of a surprise. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref School
Site Activities Coordinator
(907) 649-3021


Subject: Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 1-21-15
From: "'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:53:39 -0900
KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION  January 21, 2015

The first month of winter was so mild, but temperatures are supposed to dip 
down soon.  Along with getting some snow possibly. But for now we have many 
species and many large flocks... and as usual great days to bird.

There was a report on the 18th of some AMERICAN PIPITS by the ditch on the 
west side of the Discovery RV Park out on the Spit.

On the 19th COMMON EIDERS (4) were seen out on the water near Bluff Point. 
This combined with an earlier observation of different numbers of 
drakes/hens, the observer said, means that there are at least 3 pair.

The last observation of the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was on the 11th in town 
near Danview and Main and in the Hohe area.  Inquiring today I was told 
there had not been any more recent sightings. (Of note: two were seen at the 
same time on the 4th.)

One observation which slipped under the radar so to speak during the CBC was 
that of a NORTHERN FLICKER seen about three miles out, off East End Rd. 
Nearly every year flickers are reportedso very distinctive and beautiful to 
discover coming to your feeder! Any other sightings would be appreciated.

On the 21st Mossy said a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was still in her yard at 
Seaside Farms. Also reporting that a NORTHERN SHRIKE is in the area. .  On 
the 2nd she reported a LINCOLN SPARROW  and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.

On the 17th the Kachemak Bay Birders walked the beach east of Mud Bay and 
saw many large flocks of WHITE-WING CROSSBILLS, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and PINE 
SISKINS. Huge spruce in that area are laden with a great cone crop and from 
the beach it is a good spot to look up to see what's in there.  The group 
also found a HAIRY and a DOWNY WOODPECKER, a large group of MALLARDS was 
nearby and good group of ROCK SANDPIPERS  flew in also. (No one has reported 
a number for them recently.)

Some VARIED THRUSH were heard singing loudly (or perhaps amorously?), long 
and convincingly at least, in the Rochelle St. part of town.  They had been 
heard singing halfheartedly (she said) during the CBC, but this sounded 
serious!

On the 11th on the Saddle Trail across the Bay a large group of WHITE-WINGED 
CROSSBILLS was seen and actually many reported from many areas on this side 
of the Bay also.


Yes, folks, ITS  A GREAT DAY TO BIRD! 



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Subject: Ruby Crnd. Kinlget
From: "mossy seaside AT xyz.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:00:22 -0900
Still have the Ruby Crnd Kinglet coming to my feeders!! Also Shrike on the 
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Subject: Anchorage - Finches on Wednesday; Northern Shrike
From: "steve_scordino AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Jan 2015 14:30:00 -0800
Both the Cassin's and the Purple Finch were along the nature trail off 19th and 
Spenard (the head of the nature trail is in the parking lot which is blocked 
off that is across the street from Oomnichka day care). Both showed up at about 
12:45, with the PUFI making the first appearance. The PUFI popped out of a 
spruce tree and onto a very exposed birch branch. It was then very cooperative 
sitting in the sunlight for good views. The CAFI came out five minutes later. 
The birds were hanging out near each other and at one point chasing each other 
as has been seen in the past. The birds were about 100 feet past the first 
house on the right side of the south loop of the nature trail. If I had been 
there on my own, I would not have been able to tell there were two distinct 
species. The differences between the species are differences in degrees and not 
very obvious. Even with a good view, I wasn't able to truly distinguish the 
pale eye ring on the Cassin's. Instead, the PUFI has a much bolder face 
pattern, the markings are much more dramatic. That means about nothing unless 
you are comparing the two species. A website to look at the differences before 
going is Cassin’s Finch, House Finch, and Purple Finch 
http://feederwatch.org/learn/tricky-bird-ids/purple-finch-house-finch-and-cassins-finch/ 

 
 
 Cassin’s Finch, House Finch, and Purple Finch 
http://feederwatch.org/learn/tricky-bird-ids/purple-finch-house-finch-and-cassins-finch/ 
There’s still time to sign up for the 2014-15 FeederWatch season, which ends 
April 3. Sign up today! × 

 
 
 
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http://feederwatch.org/learn/tricky-bird-ids/purple-finch-house-finch-and-cassins-finch/ 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 On a different note, I have been seeing a Northern Shrike in the parking lot 
of the USGS building on APU's campus just above University Lake on and off for 
the last week. Personally, my sightings of NOSH have been infrequent, so I 
figure this information could help someone who hasn't seen one yet. It mainly 
hangs out at the top of trees overlooking the parking lot. Less frequently I 
see it near University Lake. 

  
Subject: Finches at Spenard Crossing
From: "pat AT pourchot.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jan 2015 14:55:46 -0800
Today, Tuesday, Purple Finch showed up, alone, a little after noon first at 
"wood pile feeder" and then around the woods, feeding on chokecherries. About 
12:45 pm Cassin's finch showed up, alone, at wood pile and then offered some 
great views perched in open in spruce tree above the tree house before 
returning to wood pile feeder. Viewed by many observers over course of 1/2 hour 
or more. Now that we've done our homework, looked at photos, and know better 
what we're looking for, diagnostic marks well seen and more "tics" logged! 

 Pat Pourchot
 Anchorage, AK
Subject: Townsends Solitaire
From: "Louann Feldmann ravenlinkarts AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:23:29 -0900
in cottonwoods behind Fish &wildlife next to parking lot of white
industrial building. Louann Feldmann
Subject: FW: Posting
From: "anthony newcomer onekoolkid0 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:33:34 -0900

-----Original Message-----
From: "anthony newcomer" 
Sent: ‎1/‎19/‎2015 3:31 PM
To: "akbirding AT yahoo.com" 
Subject: Posting

First and foremost I want to share my gratitude to this group. It has been so 
helpful with learning and getting notices for unusual finds. Anyway, a recent 
development has happened here in Anchorage with a Purple Finch. After several 
attempts I got this lifer bird. It helped being in the company of known 
birders, Luke and Enrique. Patience and persistence helped as well. Other birds 
seen/heard during this outing; 

1) Common Ravens
2) Black-Capped Chickadees
3) White-Winged Crossbills
4) Red Breasted Nuthatch
5) Bohemian Waxwings
And the usual waterfowl like mallards.

Anthony 
Subject: CASSIN's FINCH Anchorage
From: "Enric Fernandez somateriafischeri AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:54:10 -0900
Fellow birders
The second bird identified yesterday as a PURPLE FINCH is actually a CASSIN's 
FINCH. Both CASSIN's and PURPLE FINCH were present this morning about 11:30 
(Luke) at the same location near Spenard Crossing. Luke has good photos. 



Enric Fernandez
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Subject: Anchorage Purple Finch present Monday morning
From: "prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:48:50 -0900
The two finches, at least one a female Purple Finch, were being seen by a
birding MOB at 11 AM today at the site upstream of Spenard Crossing.  

 

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Subject: American Pipit, Homer
From: "birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jan 2015 21:28:48 -0800
An AMERICAN PIPIT was in the wet ditch on the west side of the Heritage RV Park 
on the Homer spit this afternoon. 


Aaron Lang
Homer
 

Subject: Purple finches/Anchorage
From: "Enric Fernandez somateriafischeri AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 03:41:05 +0000 (UTC)
Hi.As Aaron mentioned earlier, there were two purple finches at Spenard Xsing 
present today. We took pictures of both birds, and noticed that once of the 
birds has distincts makings on the undertail coverts. It also appears to have a 
light eye ring. Anyhow, the pictures I took were not of the best quality, but I 
am wondering if anyone has any good pictures of the birds. If you have any good 
pictures, would you mind sharing them in AK birding? specially if you can see 
streaking in the undertail coverts. 

Thank you. Enric Fernandez
Anchorage, AK
Subject: Spenard xing Purple Finch x2
From: "Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:59:38 -0900
I visited the Purple Finch site today and was surprised to see two 
Purple Finches in the same binocular view up in some may-day trees. Pat 
and Jennifer were there to take part in the collective "hummm, I think 
there are TWO" moment as we all watched them.
It appears that one might be an adult and one a first winter(?). Enric 
was soon taking photos of them both so more analysis may be forthcoming.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage


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Subject: TWO Purple Finches Spenard Crossing
From: "pat AT pourchot.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jan 2015 17:55:25 -0800
3:30-4:00 pm this afternoon, Sunday, in woods east of Spenard Crossing 
(southside of Chester Creek). Seen together by multiple observers. 

 Pat Pourchot
 Anchorage
Subject: Purple Finch (yes) and Rusty Blackbird - Anchorage
From: "Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:41:52 -0900
At Spenard X-ing location

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Subject: Re: Winter red knot near Cordova
From: "Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:37:18 -0900
Dave,

I've had two winter records of Red Knot on Adak. Neither one showed any red on 
them like this bird in Cordova. Neat bird. 


http://adakbirding.com/winter-red-knot_08dec10/

Isaac

> On Jan 18, 2015, at 12:22 AM, davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding] 
 wrote: 

> 
> That's a great photo of a great find. Is it the first winter record for AK?
> Dave S
>  
> In a message dated 1/17/2015 7:23:45 P.M. Alaskan Standard Time, 
AKBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes: 

>  
> My wife, Paula, and I, while photographing a flock of rock sandpipers and a 
few dunlin from our boat today, spotted a single red knot. Photo provided in 
album "Red Knot". 

> 
> 
> 
Subject: Homer/Kachemak Bay Birders' Trip: 1-17-15
From: "'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:35:32 -0900
We Kachemak Bay Birders had another good weather day for our trip on
Saturday. Some sunshine and no wind and very mellow temperatures.

After a comprehensive discussion of plusses and minuses of every possible
destination, we decided on first walking east on the beach from the road
that goes down from the airport (on Kachemak drive).  There we found large
numbers of waxwings right off the bat, flocks of crossbills, siskins, and 
two
woodpeckers.  All those beautiful flocks birds up in the trees there in the
sunshine!  Amazing number of cones on some of the spruce right there.

We also went to Lighthouse Village where, for a couple brief moments, when
someone said "Heron!", some of us more gullible folks were believing we'd
REALLY found something--however it was a statue.  You never know...coulda
been... Our last stop was Mariner Park where saw a few more birds out on the
water. It was a great day to bird!  (Always is.)

The 23 species we saw:
COMMON LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
HORNED GREBE
CORMORANT (sp.)
MALLARD
LONG-TAILED DUCK
BLACK SCOTERS
COMMON MERGANSER
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER
GREATER SCAUP
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL
ROCK SANDPIPERS
BALD EAGLE
DOWNY WOODPECKER
HAIRY WOODPECKER
COMMON RAVEN
NORTHWESTERN CROW
BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
PINE SISKIN

P.S. on another somewhat tangential topic... Before the trip one person 
asked for advice because there is a woodpecker damaging her house. We 
brainstormed this for a while but also thought to put it out to a wider 
audience for suggestions?  She has tried wasp spray and some repellant 
flashing, and has pounded back.  Any other suggestions?



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Subject: Re: Winter red knot near Cordova
From: "davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 04:22:31 -0500
That's a great photo of a great find. Is it the first winter record for  AK?
Dave S
 
 
In a message dated 1/17/2015 7:23:45 P.M. Alaskan Standard Time,  
AKBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
My wife, Paula, and I, while photographing a flock of rock sandpipers and a 
 few dunlin from our boat today, spotted a single red knot.  Photo  
provided in album "Red Knot".



Subject: Winter red knot near Cordova
From: "milosphotos AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jan 2015 20:23:41 -0800
My wife, Paula, and I, while photographing a flock of rock sandpipers and a few 
dunlin from our boat today, spotted a single red knot. Photo provided in album 
"Red Knot". 

 

Subject: PURPLE FINCH PHOTOS
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jan 2015 17:56:06 -0800
Thanks to all for locating that fabulous bird. A couple of photos are in a new 
Album called Spenard Purple Finch. 


w keys
spenard
 

Subject: Re: Anchorage Purple Finch
From: "Lynn Barber dalybar AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:22:34 -0900
The Purple Finch was still there where  previously posted at 4:00 today (17th)
Lynn Barber
Anchorage

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> On Jan 17, 2015, at 2:31 PM, "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Thanks Dick! Being seen on south side of the nature trail about 100 meters 
from walking bridge crossing the creek. 

> 
> Aaron
> 
>> On Jan 17, 2015 1:34 PM, "Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com 
[AKBirding]"  wrote: 

>>  
>> Great find Dick!  Bird being seen presently by m.ob.
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
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>>> On Jan 17, 2015, at 12:25 PM, prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding] 
 wrote: 

>>> 
>>>  
>>> I found a female Purple Finch in the little park on the south side of 
Chester Creek, just upstream of Spenard Crossing about 11:15 AM today. The bird 
was hanging out on the east end of the south side of the little paved loop 
trail, in the woods between the trail and the backyards. [This is between 
Spenard Road, W 19th Avenue, and the Bunker Street access.] It was mostly in 
the tree tops and also went down to drink out of a depression. It’s a very 
brown bird with strong facial mask, wide white eyebrow and heavy breast 
streaking. There were redpolls, nuthatches, chickadees, a robin, and waxwings 
passing through, but the Purple Finch did not appear to be associating with or 
following the other birds. Hopefully it will stay in the same area. 

>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>> Spenard Crossing is where Spenard Road crosses Chester Creek before merging 
with Minnesota Drive. 

>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
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>>> 
>>> Prentki AT acsalaska.net
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Subject: NW Crow
From: "Louann Feldmann ravenlinkarts AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:06:10 -0900
Still at Northwood Park by 47th. Out and about near the pond. Louann
Feldmann
Subject: Re: Anchorage Purple Finch
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:31:25 -0900
Thanks Dick! Being seen on south side of the nature trail about 100 meters
from walking bridge crossing the creek.

Aaron
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> Great find Dick!  Bird being seen presently by m.ob.
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> On Jan 17, 2015, at 12:25 PM, prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding] <
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> I found a female Purple Finch in the little park on the south side of
> Chester Creek,  just upstream of Spenard Crossing about 11:15 AM today.
> The bird was hanging out on the east end of  the south side of the little
> paved loop trail, in the woods between the trail and the  backyards. [This
> is between Spenard Road, W 19th Avenue, and the Bunker Street access.] It
> was mostly in the tree tops and also went down to drink out of a
> depression.  It’s a very brown bird with strong facial mask, wide white
> eyebrow and heavy breast streaking.   There were redpolls, nuthatches,
> chickadees, a robin, and waxwings passing through, but the Purple Finch did
> not appear to be associating with or following the other birds.  Hopefully
> it will stay in the same area.
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> Spenard Crossing is where Spenard Road crosses Chester Creek before
> merging with Minnesota Drive.
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Subject: Re: Anchorage Purple Finch
From: "Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:34:18 -0900
Great find Dick!  Bird being seen presently by m.ob.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 17, 2015, at 12:25 PM, prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding] 
 wrote: 

> 
> I found a female Purple Finch in the little park on the south side of Chester 
Creek, just upstream of Spenard Crossing about 11:15 AM today. The bird was 
hanging out on the east end of the south side of the little paved loop trail, 
in the woods between the trail and the backyards. [This is between Spenard 
Road, W 19th Avenue, and the Bunker Street access.] It was mostly in the tree 
tops and also went down to drink out of a depression. It’s a very brown bird 
with strong facial mask, wide white eyebrow and heavy breast streaking. There 
were redpolls, nuthatches, chickadees, a robin, and waxwings passing through, 
but the Purple Finch did not appear to be associating with or following the 
other birds. Hopefully it will stay in the same area. 

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> Spenard Crossing is where Spenard Road crosses Chester Creek before merging 
with Minnesota Drive. 

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Subject: Anchorage Purple Finch
From: "prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:25:23 -0900
I found a female Purple Finch in the little park on the south side of
Chester Creek,  just upstream of Spenard Crossing about 11:15 AM today.  The
bird was hanging out on the east end of  the south side of the little paved
loop trail, in the woods between the trail and the  backyards. [This is
between Spenard Road, W 19th Avenue, and the Bunker Street access.] It was
mostly in the tree tops and also went down to drink out of a depression.
It's a very brown bird with strong facial mask, wide white eyebrow and heavy
breast streaking.   There were redpolls, nuthatches, chickadees, a robin,
and waxwings passing through, but the Purple Finch did not appear to be
associating with or following the other birds.  Hopefully it will stay in
the same area.

 

Spenard Crossing is where Spenard Road crosses Chester Creek before merging
with Minnesota Drive.

 

Dick Prentki

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Subject: Windy (New Seward Highway, Anchorage) Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches
From: "prentki AT acsalaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:13:30 -0900
I was at Windy midday unsuccessfully looking for the solitaires.   Any
solitaires present were probably hunkered down out of the wind out of
sight-too windy to use a scope.  But I did scare up a a flock of about 20
Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finches from the grass area below the ocean-side parking
area.  They flew briefly parallel to the highway and then disappeared up the
mountain.  These were first Rosy-Finches I have seen in Anchorage.

 

Windy is a signed trailhead and parking area along the New Seward Highway a
few miles south of the Anchorage bowl.

 

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Subject: Northwest Crow In Spenard
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Jan 2015 23:00:07 -0800
 A Northwest Crow was calling from the dense spruce to the south of the 
Northwood Mallard Pond on Wednesday. I couldn't get a visual, but he was 
leaving no doubt about his presence. The area was crawling with birds: 
White-winged Crossbills, Steller's Jays, Waxwings, Redpolls, Chickadees, 
Nuthatches, Magpies, and Ravens. All the usual suspects joining the Mallards. 

 The outlet of Chester Creek had the rest of the Mallards plus 5 Common 
Mergansers. High tide is necessary for viewing because at low tide, the birds 
are invisible in a deep ice trench. It might be dark, gray, and icky, but 
there's still birds to be seen. Happy January! 

 

 w keys
 spenard
 

Subject: R C Kinglet
From: "mossy seaside AT xyz.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:26:17 -0900
Probably due to the extremely warm (50 degree plus) weather, a Ruby Crnd. 
Kinglet is still here at Seaside Farm in Homer, coming daily to the suet 
feeders with the chickadees and nuthatches.! 


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Subject: Anchorage Green-wing Teal
From: "ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Jan 2015 14:45:58 -0800
There is a hen GWTE at Ship Creek near the restaurant with a group of Mallard. 
Just after peak tide. 


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Subject: Monday, January 15, 2015 First of Year Birds and then some
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Jan 2015 23:23:03 -0800
Seward, Alaska

  
 Overcast with light sprinkles, north wind, and 48º today! This is a strange 
and scary winter: no snow, ice on lakes and ponds wavering between frozen and 
liquid, willows and alders are starting to bud out. Green grass is easy to 
find, and the rest of the landscape is shades of brown. 

  
 No Golden Eagle today for me, but the HOODED MERGANSER was back in the half 
open Lagoon, looking mighty pleased with himself, accompanied by an adoring 
COMMON GOLDENEYE female. 

  
 I added three species to my 2015 list today at the head of the bay: a single 
NORTHERN SHRIKE, just a glimpse and then gone; a single SNOW BUNTING, who 
should not be alone; and 7 ROCK SANDPIPERS feeding at the tide’s edge. 

  
 I capped off the dim but exciting afternoon with a visit to the Alaska Sealife 
Center. I felt like Aladdin in Ali Baba’s cave, so many riches and all mine 
for the taking! The pair of SMEWs are so interesting to look at; the male is 
simply stunning. And the KING EIDER is, a one little visitor called him, a 
“rainbow bird.” He purred and cooed like a dove, though the lovely females 
were not impressed. What a great place to see the adorable LONG-TAILED DUCKS up 
close, and watch the antics of the puffins. 

  
 I had to skip the seals and sea lions, (like Aladdin I couldn’t see 
everything), but the moon jellies were mesmerizing. What a tremendous, 
inspirational facility; the wonders of the ocean universe await your visit. 

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

Subject: Golden eagle found
From: "Jonah Linquist birderjonah1 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:55:36 +0000 (UTC)
Found the juvenile Golden today on a telephone pole off Chamberlain Rd. Watched 
it for maybe 10 minutes before I left. When I came back later it was gone. 

Jonah lindquist 
Subject: Friday, January 9, 2015 Purple Finch and Steller’s Eider still here
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Jan 2015 22:52:54 -0800
Seward, Alaska
  
 Sunrise 9:54 am, sunset 4:15 pm for a total day length of 6 hours and 21 
minutes. Tomorrow will be 3 minutes and 14 seconds longer. 

  
 The wind completely vanished today, permitting the ghostly fog people to rise 
and leisurely drape their silky gray scarves through the waiting trees 
undisturbed. At 39º, puddles appeared, transformed into mirrors reflecting the 
snowy mountains. The Lagoon is once again breaking up, cycling through a rapid 
series of freeze-thaws in a winter masquerading as spring. 

  
 Around 9:15 am in the predawn walk around the block, I heard a distinctive 
3-chip call like the “S” in Morse Code from 3 separate PACIFIC WRENS! 
Wonder of wonders! I immediately stopped and peered through the twilight, but 
could see nothing. After several minutes, I moved a bit farther and froze. As 
if to confirm my identification, one was actually singing a shortened version 
of its long spring song! He sang again, paused, and yet again! I was stunned! 
What a great bird to start the day! A more usual RAVEN quickly piped up in time 
for second place. 

  
 I tested my luck at Ava’s later and found a lot of PINE GROSBEAKS and a 
small but growing number of PINE SISKINS. Then the PURPLE FINCH appeared, 
perched on a nearby branch with bits of suet still stuck to its fat, conical 
bill. After posing nicely, off he flew. 

  
 On a roll, I drove to SMIC at the end of Nash Road. There in the boat basin I 
found an oversized BARROW’S GOLDENEYE surrounded by several females in 
breeding plumage. Its bill was not yellow like theirs, but mostly dark with 
some orangish coloration. Other than the bill color and size, it closely 
resembled the more normal females. Hybrid? Very odd! 

  
 Two HORNED GREBES paddled past, one with red eyes, the other with pale orange 
eyes. COMMON MERGANSERS and PELAGIC CORMORANTS fed on small fish. The lone 
drake LONG-TAILED DUCK swam and dove farther out. 

  
 On the way home, I stopped at an overlook and looked over. Sure enough, there 
was the male STELLER’S EIDER in the good company of his buddies, the 
HARLEQUIN DUCKS. He really stands out, however far away, with his mostly white 
plumage. 

  
 I looked for the Golden Eagle at the Lagoon, but only found BALD EAGLES and a 
tree full of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, chattering and preening. A pair of COMMON 
GOLDENEYES seemed to float in the gray sky, the male displaying to his demure 
companion. Several MALLARDS gleaned goodies from the stream; the drakes are 
really quite handsome, especially with that perky little duck tail. 

  
 From the rare to the common, it was fun to take a peek into these birds’ 
busy lives today and to share it with you. 

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

Subject: another Steller's eider in Seward
From: "Jonah Linquist birderjonah1 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 01:46:24 +0000 (UTC)
Today I saw 2 Steller's eiders at 4th of July Beach in Seward. They were both 
either females or juveniles, not the bright male. I saw them feeding about 100 
ft offshore on mussels. Got a few photos, though they weren't very good. 

Jonah lindquist


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Subject: Dipper
From: "G W spinscan AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:29:12 -0800
Today 9th of Jan I along with one of my daughters which made it even more 
exciting saw my FIRST ever DIPPER!!! in Ship creek just below the first foot 
bidge thats up stream from the dam thats close to the BRIDGE RESTURANT.... 
Anchorage. Im excited. Only 160 more to go. 

Gayland Wohlgemuth

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Subject: No Golden Eagle -Seward
From: "tjbluebird AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Jan 2015 15:43:17 -0800
Hi Jonah and all,
 I have looked for the Golden Eagle everyday this week and have not re-found 
the bird. 

 There are many juvenile Bald Eagles around, that takes some time sorting 
though them but, I have not come up with the Golden. 

 The areas I have checked multiple times are: The Lagoon,The Airport, Harbor, 
Dump and behind Safeway-Forest Acres. 

 I looked again today with no luck. But, I did find a nice flock of 50 Rusty 
Blackbirds. 

 

 Tasha
 
 Seward,AK
 

 

Subject: you know its a wierd winter when...
From: "Kate McLaughlin mclenvironmental AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 23:08:43 +0000 (UTC)
It's January 9th right?  Supposed to be settling into real Alaska winter right 
now right?  Well, tell that to the robin just spotted while out walking the 
dog... 

While American robins have been regularly sighted over wintering in Anchorage 
for, what the past decade?, they traditionally leave Prince William Sound in 
Sept/Oct. returning in late April/May.  


Happy Birding,
Kate Kate McLaughlin 
McLaughlin Environmental ServicesPO Box 8043Chenega Bay, Alaska 
99574907/573-2006www.akenvironmentalservices.com  
Subject: Seward golden eagle
From: "Jonah Linquist birderjonah1 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 22:19:10 -0800

Has anyone seen the golden eagle reported at the Seward lagoon lately?


Jonah lindquist


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Subject: January 8, 2014 Mystery Gull identified as common Glaucous-winged Gull
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jan 2015 10:35:24 -0800
UPDATE: Many thanks to Steve Heinl, Luke DeCicco, and Dave Sonneborn who took 
the time to identify this bird as a very common GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL. Even 
though it is much lighter than many other gulls, perhaps to worn feathers, they 
noted it is very heavy, chunky, and bulky with relatively short wings. Also the 
bill is large and thick and its eye is small, giving it a beady-eyed look. It's 
not the first time a Glaucous-winged Gull has fooled me! 

 

 So now I'm looking for a slimmer gull, slightly larger than a Mew gull, with 
much lighter plumage, longer wings, thinner bill, and a rounded head that was 
here in November. That would be the also confusing Thayer's/Kumliens Gull. 

 

 If you want a challenge, study gulls and you won't be disappointed!

 


 Happy Birding!

 Carol Griswold

 
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

 

Subject: Anchorage Audubon Events
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jan 2015 09:02:31 -0800
For the first time ever, a semi sort of reasonably complete schedule of Audubon 
Events for winter and spring has been posted on Anchorage Audubon's website 
well in advance: 

 

 Aaron Bowman's January program on his Big Anchorage Year.
 Jason Sodergren's February program on Owl Banding in Homer.
 February's Winter Seward Birding Trip
 March's "How To Be A Better Birder" Forum
 April's Beginning Birding Class
 The Gunsight Mountain Hawkwatch  
 

 Full details are at anchorageaudubon dot org
 Then click on "Field Trips" and the World is Your Oystercatcher!
 

 

 

Subject: Anchorage Audubon Program Next Week
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jan 2015 08:57:06 -0800
 Our January program will finally present the December talk which was 
unfortunately cancelled due to an encounter with an unknown illness which got 
the better of our esteemed speaker. But once again, Anchorage Audubon presents 
another fabulous birding talk, and this one will be a total treat to start your 
New Year! Aaron Bowman, Anchorage Audubon's Field Trip Czar, has been on a 
year-long quest to do an Anchorage Big Year. And now that it's over, and Aaron 
will share his quest with us at this month's meeting and program. 

 

 During 2014, Aaron 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. Did he reach his 
goal of 160 Species? Find out on Thursday night at 7:00 pm at the BP Energy 
Center. 

  
     And we wouldn't even Think about starting the New Year without cookies!
 

Subject: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Excitement at the Lagoon
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Jan 2015 23:31:31 -0800
Seward, Alaska

  
 Sunrise 9:56 am, sunset 4:11 pm for a total day length of 6 hours and 15 
minutes. Tomorrow will be 2 minutes and 58 seconds longer. 

  
 Today was a beautiful winter day, 24º, light north wind, and a clear blue 
sky. Business-like clouds in dark suits moved in by early evening bearing 
bulging suitcases full of the forecasted rain or snow, enough for the next week 
or so. 

  
 My day started at midnight when a friend called to alert me to the Northern 
Lights. I dashed outside in time to see two green ribbons shooting from the 
moon-lit snow-capped Mt Marathon Race Point. More green lights shot vertically 
across the northern night sky, another arced directly overhead in a narrow 
band. The sky was dancing! 

  
 As I looked up in awe, a persistent beeping began, alerting me to an inspired 
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL calling from nearby Bear Mt. I could not help but smile, 
thinking of the little owl courting his sweetie with this spectacular backdrop 
of full moon and northern lights. How could she resist? 

  
 An especially bright star far to the north caught my eye, brilliant through 
the green glow, setting behind Resurrection Peaks. I grabbed my very smart 
phone and fired up the Sky Guide app. 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sky-guide-view-stars-night/id576588894?mt=8 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sky-guide-view-stars-night/id576588894?mt=8 
Pointing it at the star, I saw that it was Deneb, part of the dazzling Northern 
Cross constellation, also called Cygnus. I thought of the Trumpeter Swan 
family, their two cygnets forever flying free across the universe. 

  
 Much later, when our star the sun finally arrived, I checked out the Lagoon. 
No swans today, and only a few Bald Eagles loitered in the spruce trees. But 
wait a bit, and soon the birds started to arrive. First a large flock of 
tropical-hued WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS flew in to snack on spruce seeds and then 
drink from the creek near the road. I so enjoyed listening to their ceaseless 
conversations while I admired their unique bills and antics. They do not sit 
long, nor do they hop; they flit, making photos a bit challenging. 

  
 Suddenly, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK flashed through the alders, weaving expertly 
around the dense branches low over the creek. A MALLARD cried out and several 
burst up and away. The hawk sped off, empty-clawed. A few minutes later, 
pandemonium erupted as 7 BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES gave noisy chase to the hawk, 
chasing it far up into the mountainside trees. 

  
 The disruption stirred up a large flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS; I counted 56, 
more than we have seen yet this winter. They flew against the blue sky and then 
landed noisily in a dead tree, decorating it like live Christmas ornaments. 

  
 After all that excitement settled down, I turned my attention to a lone gull 
that has staked out the salmon carcasses at the north end of the Lagoon since 
at least November. It appears to be a very light phase THAYER’S GULL, and I 
have asked for expert help in identifying it. I will update this when I know 
more. 

  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
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Subject: Second cygnet dies from power line collision!
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Jan 2015 19:58:24 -0800
Seward, Alaska
 

 According to the Alaska Sealife Center, a second young swan died yesterday 
after colliding with the power lines bordering the Lagoon. 

 

 Upon examination, neither swan showed evidence of electrocution, which would 
require touching two wires simultaneously. However, the collision caused them 
to lose their balance and fall, resulting in broken necks and internal trauma. 

 

 Swans not only need a lot of room to maneuver, but low light conditions may 
make the lines hard to see. One after the other, the young swans did not see 
the wires in time to avoid them. 

 

 Trumpeter Swans are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Utilities 
can be prosecuted and fined for causing deaths. All birds that die due to power 
lines must be documented and reported to US Fish and Wildlife Service. 

 

 Aerial marker spheres, spirals, and suspended devices that swing, flap, and 
flash can be added to the power lines to make them more visible. There are 
official bird deflectors, but it seems to me that the long, colorful flashers 
used for fishing attached with a swivel would help. 

 

 If you would like to help prevent any more tragedies, please contact the City 
Manager and Seward Electric Department and ask them to install markers on these 
power lines ASAP before any more swans die. 

 

 City Manager Jim Hunt, 224-4047, jhunt AT cityofseward.net
 Electric Department Utility Manager John Foutz 

  224-0471, jfoutz AT cityofseward.net
 Electric Department Operations Supervisor Jeff Estes                     
 224-0472, jestes AT cityofseward.net
 

 
 Submitted by Carol Griswold
 

Subject: Seward correction
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Jan 2015 10:26:53 -0800
Jonah L wrote me that he found a White-crowned sparrow, not a White-throated 
sparrow with the Townsend's Solitaire on Sunday, thanks for the correction. 

 

 Happy Birding!
 Carol
Subject: Monday, January 5, 2015 Golden Eagle alert!
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Jan 2015 21:10:37 -0800
Seward, Alaska

  
 Sunrise 9:58 am, sunset 4:08 pm for a total day length of 6 hours and 9 
minutes. Tomorrow will be 2 minutes and 41 seconds longer. 

 Clear skies permitted blue skies all day in the bright sunshine bookended by a 
delicate pink sunrise and sunset on the snowy mountains. 18º with a light 
north wind made for a beautiful winter day. Forecast is for partly cloudy 
tomorrow and rising temperatures back to the mid 40s with mixed snow and rain 
by Thursday and Friday. 

  
 Young Bald Eagles are often mistaken for Golden Eagles here in Seward, but not 
this time! 

  
 I first spotted a large, all-brown eagle at the Lagoon on January 1st, feeding 
on a scrap of old salmon in the dead grass. I admired its beautiful brown eyes, 
and puzzled over its golden-brown cape and unusual dark bill with a bright gold 
base. 

  
 Today, Robin C. focused my attention on it where it perched high in a spruce 
in the horse corral. We debated the size and coloration of the bill and overall 
brown plumage, discussed the coastal location and probability of a golden eagle 
here at the coast eating salmon carcasses vs the more likely bald eagle, and 
finally compared eagle photos in two bird books. We were still not 100% 
convinced. 

  
 After several minutes, the eagle cooperatively flew past on its way to a 
spruce bordering the mostly frozen Lagoon. The distinctive white patches under 
the wings flashed; the white tail with a broad brown terminal band cinched the 
ID as a juvenile GOLDEN EAGLE. Now in flight, the head did look small and 
golden, and the tail long. Whoo-whoo! Imagine that! 

  
 A much more common BALD EAGLE juvenile conveniently flew past shortly 
afterwards, showing much more blotchy white under the wings, a large head and 
shorter tail. 

  
 Why this Golden Eagle landed here is unknowable, but meanwhile, it’s a 
delight to see. 

  
 The Trumpeter Swan family was not at the Lagoon today, but WHITE-WINGED 
CROSSBILLS flitted from spruce to alders to creek to drink and bathe, filling 
the air with their merry chattering. Robin C spotted the RUSTY BLACKBIRDS on 
the north side of the horse corral. Yesterday, Jonah L spotted a TOWNSEND’S 
SOLITAIRE on the west side of the Lagoon along Chamberlain Ave, and also a 
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in the trimmed alders along the road. Good job, Jonah! 

  
 I finally found the WHITE-THROATED SPARROW today in a Mayday tree near a 
feeder off Bear Drive west of Safeway. It sounded just like a red squirrel 
chipping loudly on a single high note, and I almost dismissed it before I saw 
it calling from the tangle of branches. 

  
 The PURPLE FINCH was found at Ava’s yesterday with numerous PINE GROSBEAKS, 
two GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, PINE SISKINS, and the usual DOWNY and HAIRY 
WOODPECKERS, NUTHATCHES, and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES. One grosbeak was missing 
its long, notched tail, possibly after a narrow escape from a cat. 

  
 As the Mt Ash berries become more scarce, only 6 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS seem to be 
left in town, spotted yesterday on Bear Drive in the company of about 25 
ROBINS, 2 VARIED THRUSHES, and one STARLING. 

  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 
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Subject: Flickers
From: "Louann Feldmann louannf AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 04 Jan 2015 16:17:48 -0900
2015 is starting out to be a good year.  I finally found my Anchorage 
Northern Flicker.  Actually two, a male and a female, at a feeder on 
Atherton off Huffman  just east of Elmore.  Hope they will nest in the 
area.  Louann Feldmann


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Subject: Sunday, January 4, 2015 Trumpeter Swan family tragedy
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Jan 2015 13:07:05 -0800
Seward, Alaska
  
 The splendid resident TRUMPETER SWAN family has been feeding in various 
locations around Seward this winter, including the Lagoon by Benny Benson Park 
in town. After spending the previous day and night at the Lagoon, on Saturday 
at around 3 pm the family flew from the Lagoon heading east. A witness saw the 
two adults and 3 cygnets clear the power lines along the highway, but the 
fourth cygnet hit the upper line and was instantly electrocuted. 

  
 I happened by at 3:15 pm and found the beautiful young swan on the bare ground 
where it had fallen under the power lines. Though its body was cold and 
lifeless, one brown eye was still open as if it were taking one last look at 
the world it had so abruptly departed. 

  
 The Alaska Sealife Center and city police arrived around 3:45 pm to assess the 
situation. I hope that flashy, bright streamers or other visual markers will be 
installed quickly to help avoid another such tragedy. 

  
 This morning, the swan family with 3 cygnets was back at the Lagoon feeding 
bottoms up, surrounded by mallards, Common Goldeneyes, and a Bufflehead or two. 

  
 And life goes on, diminished by the loss of this magnificent cygnet that so 
enriched our lives since it hatched in June as a tiny, fluffy, white spark of 
hope. 

  
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Subject: Homer Christmas Bird Count: final report
From: "'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 21:23:16 -0900
Homer Count Circle
December 20, 2014
Species (Count Day): 67
Count Week Species: 8
Total Numbers: 9483

Notes:
* means new to our list
hybrids not counted as a separate species

*Trumpeter Swan CW
Eurasian Wigeon CW
American Wigeon 135
Mallard 1055
Northern Shoveler CW
Northern Pintail 1
Northern Pintail X Mallard (hybrid) CW
Green‐winged Teal CW
Greater Scaup 319
scaup sp. 7
Steller's Eider CW
Harlequin Duck 39
Surf Scoter 68
White‐winged Scoter 14
Black Scoter 847
Long‐tailed Duck 74
Bufflehead 28
Common Goldeneye 73
Barrow's Goldeneye 8
goldeneye sp. 2
Common Merganser 5
Red‐breasted Merganser 1
merganser sp. 1
Ring‐necked Pheasant 4
Red‐throated Loon 2
Pacific Loon 6
Common Loon 29
Yellow‐billed Loon 1
loon sp. 2
Horned Grebe 33
Red‐necked Grebe 11
Pelagic Cormorant 50
cormorant sp. 4
Bald Eagle Mature 79
Immature 13
Sharp‐shinned Hawk CW
Northern Goshawk 1
*American Coot 1
Rock Sandpiper 300
Mew Gull 64
Herring Gull
Glaucous‐winged Gull 184
Glaucous‐winged Gull X Herring Gull (hybrid) 1
Common Murre 7
Pigeon Guillemot CW
Marbled Murrelet 1
murrelet sp. 2
Horned Puffin 1
Rock Pigeon 6
Great Horned Owl 1
Northern Saw‐whet Owl 1
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Shrike 3
Gray Jay 31
Steller's Jay 25
Black‐billed Magpie 96
Northwestern Crow 331
Common Raven 82
Black‐capped Chickadee 129
Boreal Chickadee 52
Red‐breasted Nuthatch 53
American Dipper 1
Winter/Pacific Wren 1
Golden‐crowned Kinglet 10
Ruby‐crowned Kinglet 1
Townsend's Solitaire 1
American Robin 104
Varied Thrush 6
American Pipit CW
Bohemian Waxwing 305
Cedar Waxwing 1
American Tree Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 5
White‐crowned Sparrow 16
Golden‐crowned Sparrow 1
Dark‐eyed (Slate‐colored) Junco 4
Snow Bunting 90
Rusty Blackbird 15
Gray‐crowned Rosy‐Finch 102
Pine Grosbeak 153
White‐winged Crossbill 2070
Common Redpoll 63
Pine Siskin 2019
small finch sp. 210

The weather was excellent--no precipitation, no wind, fairly warm, and not
much ice underfoot.  Many people participated. Many birds were found.

Thank you to Dave Erikson for being the coordinator/compiler for 38 
consecutive CBC's!  And thanks to all the volunteers and IOVC for the use of 
their facilities.  It was a Great Day for a CBC!!  No doubt about it. 



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Subject: Anchorage--Windy Corner Townsend's Solitaires
From: "Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 03 Jan 2015 21:01:15 -0900
Today the whole family piled in the car for hike around the Windy Corner 
area along the Turnagain Arm to see if some Townsend's Solitaires could 
be found (that was my intent anyway).
We arrived at the Windy Corner trail-head and pull out (MP 106.7) 
somewhat late, just before 3:00pm, with most of the hillside already in 
a cold shadow.
We hiked west, generally along the utility poll rout, for about a mile. 
At one point about 1/4 mile along, I heard the whistling of a Solitaire 
close by but did not see it.  On returning to where the trail winds down 
to the pull-out, two Solitaires flew over head at the base of the rocky 
cliff. I headed their direction and found one feeding in a clump of 
mountain ash shrubs a few hundred feet above the trail among the sheep 
trails.
There may have been as many as 4, but 2 Solitaires were all I could 
confirm today.
Other highlights were a small flock of feral Rock Pigeons roosting on 
the cliff and some good looks at the sheep.

A couple miles down the road toward Girdwood is where I saw at least one 
Solitaire in December and Enric recently reported at least one. Today, I 
appears that I was in the general area that Courtney reported one on 12/31.
I am guessing that these are there are many individuals present in a 
rather large area along the Turnagain Arm, so it will be fun to try to 
keep tabs on how expansive this population may actually be.

For those interested in finding one, walking along this trail and 
scanning the spruce and wind swept poplar/cottonwood/alder where there 
are good patches of juniper berries seems like a great method.
Consolation prizes may be good looks at dall sheep, some very nice views 
and a wind burned face.
The trails were somewhat frosty but pretty good and not very slippery.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage





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Subject: ebird editor?
From: "Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 16:35:39 -0900
I forget who the Southcentral Alaska ebird editor is. Could they email me
please?

Thanks,

Isaac
Subject: Correction to Seward CBC count
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Jan 2015 12:00:16 -0800
Please make that 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, not 75. They are not nearly as 
numerous as the SURF SCOTERS. 

 

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Subject: Anchorage Jan 1st & 2nd
From: "swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Jan 2015 23:07:55 -0800
On the 1st near Downy Finch & Audubon Dr. mid hillside 
  Bald Eagle
  Steller's Jay
  Black-billed Magpie
  Common Raven
  Black-capped Chickadee
  Boreal Chickadee
  Red-breasted Nuthatch
  Bohemian Waxwing
  Pine Grosbeak

Jan 2nd  AT  7:30pm a Northern Saw-whet Owl calling near Crossview & Birch Rd.

Steve W.


 

Subject: 2014 Seward CBC summary
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Jan 2015 21:51:53 -0800
Seward, Alaska

  
 Below are the final results for the 2014 Seward Christmas Bird Count held on 
Saturday, December 27. 

  
 After a long bout of rainy weather, Count Day dawned clear and mild with 
temperatures ranging from 22-35º. The north wind was brisk in the morning but 
dropped to 0 to 10 by midday. Snow was virtually non-existent, and remnant 
patches of crusty old snow peaked at 2”. Many optimistic lawns were still 
green in town, and most still water was at least partly unfrozen. Birding 
conditions were just about ideal for the 25 field counters who participated by 
car, on foot, by boat, and bicycle from 9:45 am to 4 pm. 

  
 Every team seemed to have at least one unique and special bird to add to the 
Count including the Western Screech Owl, Brambling, Peregrine Falcon, Spruce 
Grouse, Steller’s Eider, Hooded Merganser, Merlin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Rock 
Sandpipers, Dunlins, and Trumpeter Swan family. The three feeder watchers 
contributed a Purple Finch, White-throated Sparrow, and Gray-crowned 
Rosy-Finches. 

  
 At the end of a very fun and pleasant day, a phenomenal 69 species were seen, 
for a total of 3936 birds. Four additional species were seen during Count Week. 

  
 Thank you to all the participants, many who drove many miles to join the 
Count, and to Captain Mike Brittain who generously donated the use of his boat, 
the Dora, and provided fuel and navigational skills for the boat team to survey 
the bay. Your time and expertise is greatly appreciated! 

  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter and Seward CBC Compiler
  
 Trumpeter Swan            6
 Gadwall                         cw
 Mallard                          359 
 Northern Pintail              8
 Steller’s Eider                1
 Harlequin Duck              73
 Surf Scoter                    75
 White-winged Scoter      75
 Long-tailed Duck            1
 Bufflehead                     54                           
 Common Goldeneye       62 
 Barrow’s Goldeneye       312
 Hooded Merganser                  1             
 Common Merganser       176                        
 Red-breasted Merganser  72 
 Spruce Grouse               1
 Common Loon               4
 Horned Grebe                43
 Red-necked Grebe          1
 Double-crested Cormorant 2
 Pelagic Cormorant          78
 cormorant sp                 2
 Great Blue Heron            2                    
 Bald Eagle                      97                                   
 Northern Goshawk         cw                          
 Merlin                           1
 Peregrine Falcon            1
 Killdeer                          cw
 Rock Sandpiper              6
 Mew Gull                      54
 Herring Gull                   6
 Thayer’s Gull                 1
 Glaucous-winged Gull     86
 white-winged Gull sp      25
 Common Murre             1
 Marbled Murrelet            32                             
 Rock Pigeon                  96
 Western Screech Owl     1
 Belted Kingfisher            3                            
 Downy Woodpecker       16                     
 Hairy Woodpecker          8                          
 Steller's Jay                   41                           
 Black-billed Magpie         61                   
 Northwestern Crow        85                       
 Common Raven             133                   
 Black-capped Chickadee   42             
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee   71             
 Boreal Chickadee            4                         
 Red-breasted Nuthatch    28                 
 Brown Creeper               7                               
 Pacific Wren                  cw
 American Dipper            5                               
 Golden-crowned Kinglet  46                      
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet   3                       
 American Robin             31                        
 Varied Thrush                36                                 
 Bohemian Waxwing        136                    
 European Starling           1  
 American Tree Sparrow  5
 Song Sparrow                11
 White-throated Sparrow  1                       
 White-crowned Sparrow          2
 Golden-crowned Sparrow 7                      
 Dark-eyed Junco Oregon         14
 Dark-eyed Junco Slate-colored 221                               
 Snow Bunting                         12 
 Rusty Blackbird              8
 Brambling                      1
 Gray-crowned Rosy-finch 6                    
 Pine Grosbeak                119                              
 Red Crossbill                 3                                   
 White-winged Crossbill       855
 crossbill sp                    1             
 Common Redpoll            14                               
 Pine Siskin                     156                                   
  
 Total individuals    3936
 Total species         69
 
 Count week          4
 

Subject: Townsend's Solitaire/Turnagain Arm
From: "Enric Fernandez somateriafischeri AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 04:32:18 +0000 (UTC)
I hiked today (1/2/2015  AT ~ 2:00 pm) around the Windy Corner area of Turnagain 
Arm (MP ~104-105) and located a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE. There has been earlier 
reports of this bird species in the same area, so this is a continuing 
sighting.  

With regards to the habitat where the observation was made, it was a steep 
slope large clearing with numerous large patches of juniper bushes. The juniper 
bushes were full of berries and mostly uncovered, easily accessible. There is 
just a couple of inches of frost on the ground. There are also a number of 
highbush cranberry with fruit still around.  

The bird was very vocal, doing the single whistle call, while perched on top of 
a spruce tree. I also heard a continuous call. I saw the bird at a different 
location nearby. It may have been he same bird or a different one. 

Also observed in the area: BALD EAGLE, COMMON RAVEN, PINE GROSEBEAK AND GOLDEN 
CROWN KINGLET. 

 Enric Fernandez
Anchorage, AK
Subject: Re: Common Goldeneye in Anchorage
From: "Frank Clemens ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 16:48:19 -0900
At 1:30 I didn't find them at Spenard Crossing. The male was still at Cuddy at 
2:00. There was a male and six females on Ship Creek as well as a Common 
Merganser hen ranging from N. C Street bridge to The Bridge restaurant. The 
Dipper was in the creek at the gravel bar just above the dam, as well. 


Frank

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