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22 Apr A few hours at Potter Marsh [Aaron Bowman ]
22 Apr Spring migrants in Unalaska [Suzi Golodoff ]
22 Apr Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Arctic Terns! []
22 Apr Seward- Arctic terns and Greater Yellowlegs []
22 Apr Palmer/Butte FOS []
22 Apr Barren island birding [Ginger Moore ]
22 Apr Seward FOS Black-bellied Plovers and DC Cormorants []
21 Apr Merlin downtown / Robins eastside [Kathy Buesseler ]
21 Apr Red-necked grebe/Spenard Crossing []
21 Apr Chenega Bay [Kate McLaughlin ]
21 Apr Seward Western Screech Owl still calling []
20 Apr Gunsight Mtn. Hawkwatch Count - April 20, 2014 [Bob Winckler ]
20 Apr Bonaparte gull [Enric Fernandez ]
20 Apr RCKI singing [Janice Troyer ]
20 Apr Snow Geese []
19 Apr Anchorage -Spenard Crossing [Steve W ]
19 Apr Gunsight Mtn. Hawkwatch Count - April 19, 2014 + [Bob Winckler ]
19 Apr Four Chickens [Aaron Lang ]
19 Apr Re: Seward Western Screech Owls [travelswithcats ]
19 Apr Sandhill Cranes - Alaska Coastal Wildlife Refuge []
19 Apr Seward Western Screech Owls []
18 Apr Gray Jays []
18 Apr Potter Marsh [Steve W ]
18 Apr Hawk owl post correction [Aaron Lang ]
18 Apr Hawk owls on the Glenn [Aaron Lang ]
18 Apr Kachemak Bay Shorebird Monitoring ["George Matz" ]
18 Apr Re: Seward- 2 Western screech owls [Sadie Ulman ]
18 Apr (unknown) [Kate McLaughlin ]
18 Apr Seward- 2 Western screech owls []
17 Apr Kenai River tide flats []
17 Apr Canvasback [David Sonneborn ]
17 Apr This week in Chenega Bay [Kate McLaughlin ]
16 Apr Audubon Beginning Birding Class Thursday Evening []
16 Apr Anchorage--Campbell Creek Estuary Nature Area today [Aaron Bowman ]
15 Apr Greater Yellowlegs-Anchorage []
15 Apr Flying Squirrel [G W ]
14 Apr Re: Redhead - Anchorage [Enric Fernandez ]
14 Apr Redhead - Anchorage [Peter Scully ]
13 Apr Rough-legged Hawk on Homer Spit [Martin Renner ]
13 Apr Saturday, April 12 Spring is Trickling In []
12 Apr Loons []
12 Apr Golden Eagle in Unalaska [Suzi Golodoff ]
12 Apr Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 4-11-14 ["Lani Raymond" ]
12 Apr Swans [David Sonneborn ]
12 Apr Anchorage Audubon/BLM Campbell Creek Early Morning Bird Walks [Aaron Bowman ]
12 Apr Seward trip report 4-11-2014 []
11 Apr Birds on Beluga Slough, Homer: Trumpeter Swan, and first Greater Yellowlegs! ["Vos, Joel" ]
11 Apr Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz starts April 12 [Beth Peluso ]
11 Apr Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz starts April 12 [Beth Peluso ]
11 Apr Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz starts April 12 [Beth Peluso ]
11 Apr Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz starts April 12 [Beth Peluso ]
11 Apr Re: snowy owls. [jen nafzgar ]
11 Apr Re: RFI: Kenai Fjords and Chiswell Islands boat tour [Ginger Moore ]
27 Mar snowy owls. [Tim Jones ]
11 Apr Snow Geese over UMED (Anchorage) []
10 Apr Re: RFI: Kenai Fjords and Chiswell Islands boat tour []
10 Apr Re: RFI: Kenai Fjords and Chiswell Islands boat tour ["Jim Stevenson" ]
10 Apr RFI: Kenai Fjords and Chiswell Islands boat tour [Nick Boutis ]
10 Apr Re: Snow Buntings - Anchorage [Frank Clemens ]
10 Apr Kenai River Guided Float Trip: Some Seats Still Available! []
10 Apr Snow Buntings - Anchorage [Peter Scully ]
09 Apr Potter Marsh Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden Eagle [Aaron Bowman ]
7 Apr Brambling and Tufted Duck in Unalaska [Suzi Golodoff ]
06 Apr Kenai Flats Gulls and others []
06 Apr FOS Rough-Legged Hawk []
6 Apr Anchorage Bufflehead and Pintails [Aaron Bowman ]
6 Apr Palmer - FOS SANDHILL cranes [Chuck ]
6 Apr Homer Birds April 4-5 []
06 Apr Anchor Point bird report [S Friend ]
06 Apr Potter Marsh Mew Gulls []
06 Apr Seward LL []
6 Apr Palmer - Osprey - adult female(?) [Chuck ]
06 Apr Harlan's Hawk []
5 Apr Rusty Blackbird at Cheney Lake [Erin Barclay ]
05 Apr Seward AK. []
04 Apr Palmer FOS Juncos []

Subject: A few hours at Potter Marsh
From: Aaron Bowman <ampbowman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:55:55 -0800
I spent some time with my son on the Potter Marsh board walk today. My 
scope, trained on the McHugh ridge for a few hours, caught some (very) 
distant display flight and courtship talon grabs of a GOLDEN EAGLE 
pair.  A few buteos flew past on the ridge but there was not a lot of 
activity.  Maybe most migrants were high and out of sight with the nice 
warm air currents.  A few GREEN-WINGED TEAL competed for a mate and a 
couple good (20+) flocks of NORTHERN PINTAILS flew over.

Tomorrow I hope to be out at Campbell Creek Estuary (the new nature 
area) after about 10:00am if anyone wishes to join.
If you want to check out the location type Campbell Creek Estuary Park 
into google maps.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage


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Subject: Spring migrants in Unalaska
From: Suzi Golodoff <sgolodoff AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:45:12 -0800
Dear friends and birders,

April 22, 2014

Shovelers and Pintails and Snipes, oh my!

While waiting for the first real arrivals (summer breeding birds) to show up in 
Unalaska, at least some exciting birds are passing through! This afternoon at 
the head of Captains Bay were three Northern Pintails and a pair of Northern 
Shovelers. They are likely on their way north and just taking a rest here. We 
don't get to see them too often. 


Last week there was still a Dark-eyed Junco near town creek, lingering pretty 
late for a 'winter bird'. The Golden-crowned Sparrows are still here too, and 
they may be starting to stay and breed this far west now. 


The marshes are greening up quickly and the Wilson's Snipes are beginning to 
'hoot' among the sedges. Things are early. I even saw a buttercup blooming this 
afternoon. 


And its so good to see kelp again!


Suzi

Suzi Golodoff
Aleutian Birding and Natural History
P.O. Box 11
Unalaska, Alaska 99685
(907) 581-1359
(907) 391-2345
Subject: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Arctic Terns!
From: <c_griz AT yahoo.com>
Date: 22 Apr 2014 15:16:16 -0700
Seward, Alaska

 
 Happy Earth Day!
  
 Ching! Another gold coin! Five actually! Joyous, buoyant, rocketing ARCTIC 
TERNS repossessed the beach airspace, out-classing the Mew Gulls, Ravens, and 
even the mighty Bald Eagles. Welcome home, incredible travelers! 

  
 I watched one Arctic Tern swoop overhead, proudly carrying a small fish for 
his intended beloved. Suddenly the fish slipped and began a short freefall. The 
tern expertly snatched it up and sailed off to continue the show and tell, 
feeling mighty fine. 

  
 John M reported finding 3 yesterday, FOS, looking very tired. A good night's 
rest, and they're good as new. 

  
 Also reported today by Robin C, FOS SAVANNAH SPARROW.
  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
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Subject: Seward- Arctic terns and Greater Yellowlegs
From: <sadie.ulman AT yahoo.com>
Date: 22 Apr 2014 13:50:03 -0700
Yesterday, April 21st, arrival of 3 ARCTIC TERNS at Seward Airport mudflats. 
First spotted around 2pm perching on buoy outside boat harbor, and later than 
evening around 730pm seen flying above Airport mudflats. 

 Tasha and I spotted 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS around 730pm at Airport Mudflats, 
perched on water-surrounded stump during high tide. 

 

 PELAGIC CORMORANTS looking great in breeding plumage
 

 2 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS at Spring Creek
 

 Possible herring spawn w 1000s of GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS and MEW GULLS foraging 
along low tide line at rocky shore near Afognak Beach. Couldn't get to shore 
with boat to confirm due to shallow waters. 

 

 -Sadie
 Seward, AK
Subject: Palmer/Butte FOS
From: <muchohucho AT yahoo.com>
Date: 22 Apr 2014 13:01:43 -0700
 Just wanted to add for the record, been very very quiet in our neighborhood 
near Butte. FOS DARK-EYED JUNCO singing (soft ringing) this morning. Saw just a 
few CANADA GOOSE on Eklutna Flats, but they showed up a few days ago in very 
small numbers, the HERRING GULLS, arrived on Eklutna Flats and started to 
terrirorialize last week about the 14th. Saw and have seen only one hawk, 
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK last week on the Eklutna Flats. Heard a VARIED THRUSH Sunday 
evening in Sutton. Still lots of ice covering the wetlands. Still NO ROBINS 
singing! 

 A party of hunters (muskrat) camping at Spring Creek near old Matanuska 
Townsite have been keeping birds away during day, they were there Friday, not 
sure if they still are. 

  
 Thomas Cappiello
 Palmer, AK
Subject: Barren island birding
From: Ginger Moore <ginger AT kbaywhales.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:23:23 -0800
Hello to all
Wondering how many people would be interested in a Barren Island tour out of 
Homer this summer? Need a minimum of 25 people to make it work. Are there 
enough of you out there that are interested? Would be in July and August. 

Please email me and let me know.

Ginger Moore
Rainbow Tours
ginger AT kbaywhales.com





Subject: Seward FOS Black-bellied Plovers and DC Cormorants
From: <c_griz AT yahoo.com>
Date: 22 Apr 2014 00:44:11 -0700
Monday, April 21, 2014
 Seward, Alaska
  
 Sunrise 6:22 am, sunset 9:32 pm for a total day length of 15 hours and 9 
minutes. Tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 23 seconds longer. 

 First day of summer! Or at least it was a remarkable imitation. It seemed much 
warmer than the official 55Âş. The unblemished blue dome graciously allowed 
complimentary puffy white clouds to adorn its perfection. The snowy mountains, 
gleaming in the sun, kissed the sky. Buds swelled, vigorous green leaves shot 
through the brown turf, anxious to get going. Milbert Tortoiseshell butterflies 
emerged in numbers, so bright and beautiful. 

 Mostly sunny is forecast for the next few days, then rain and a chance of snow 
by the weekend. Go figure. It can't last. 

 Recently arrived and First of Season, a pair of gorgeous, breeding-plumage 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS dared to land in Mew Gull territory, i.e. the whole 
beach. The mew gulls lurked nearby, more like bouncers than bodyguards. 
Occasionally, a gull nonchalantly eased closer and closer, then suddenly struck 
out with its bill, making the alert plover move off. The tired migrants really 
had to watch out for these tin-horn tooting bullies. 

 Two ravens raced overhead, performing a high-speed chase mixed with acrobatics 
that included flips, flying upside down, and 360 synchronized spins. Raven sure 
know how to celebrate! 

 Four BALD EAGLES, perhaps inspired by these commandos, chased each other 
across the sky, throwing in a few spins and talon-to-talon flips. 

 Cruising past the old pilings south of the Uplands, I spotted two large black 
cormorants, yellow-faced with sea-green eyes and poufy eyebrows. FOS 
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS! What a nice surprise! The nearby MEW and 
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS did not disturb their preening, nor did the newcomers 
relinquish their chosen roost. It must help to be bigger. 

 While scanning the mountains for mountain goats and bears, I noticed black 
specks like fruit flies swarming above the rugged peaks. I counted over 30 
RAVENS soaring and sailing on the afternoon breeze. My theory is these are 
female ravens on a freedom flight, all taking a break from incubating those 
darn eggs while the sun kept them warm. Who knows? Why not! 

 Like Mario collecting gold coins, I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!
 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: Merlin downtown / Robins eastside
From: Kathy Buesseler <kbuesseler AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:49:54 -0700 (PDT)
Last Thursday I heard a Merlin near Inlet View School, downtown 12th and N St.  
Today I heard and saw a Merlin near the park strip/10th and M Seafoods. 


This morning, we had our first Robin in the neighborhood and there's one 
singing tonight--eastside approximately Boniface / Tudor area. 


Kathy Buesseler
Anchorage, AK
Subject: Red-necked grebe/Spenard Crossing
From: <pat AT pourchot.com>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 13:38:09 -0700
FOS Red-necked grebe today at Spenard Crossing/Eastchester. Also pair of 
Ringed-neck ducks with Greater scaup, continuing Canvasback. Pat Pourchot 

 Anchorage, AK
Subject: Chenega Bay
From: Kate McLaughlin <mclenvironmental AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:33:57 -0700 (PDT)
Hada low weather front move through the Sound yesterday.  Knew it was going to 
blow a bit when I went for a walk in the early a.m. and spotted BLACK SCOTERS 
in the bay.  The storm moved out by early evening and when I took the dog out 
for his last walk of the night I was treated to the sound of the FOS SNIPE 
displaying.  Hummers got to be here today! 


Happy Birding,

Kate

 
 
McLaughlin Environmental Services
PO Box 8043
Chenega Bay, Alaska 99574
907/573-2006
www.akenvironmentalservices.com
Subject: Seward Western Screech Owl still calling
From: <c_griz AT yahoo.com>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 00:23:11 -0700
I heard only one WESTERN SCREECH OWL this evening, April 20, at around 10:15 
pm. It truly is a drive-up owl. Turn off the Seward Highway on Exit Glacier 
Road/Herman Leirer Road. Go 1.5 miles past the first bridge to the only 40 mph 
speed limit sign. Park on the shoulder, turn off the engine, get out, and 
quietly shut the doors. If he is calling, you could probably hear his "bouncing 
ball" call from the comfort of the car, but I like to get out and walk just a 
short ways ahead along the road. He is not very far from the road, which is why 
I encourage being as quiet as possible. 


 Meanwhile, back in town, the SAW-WHET OWLS continue to call from the 
mountainside. 

 

 Good luck!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
Subject: Gunsight Mtn. Hawkwatch Count - April 20, 2014
From: Bob Winckler <winckler AT mtaonline.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:56:27 -0800
Hi Birders,

Here's the official raptor count for April 20th, the second day of the two day 
Gunsight Mountain Hawkwatch at MilePost 118.9 of the Glenn Highway. 


Today's Count was sponsored by the Mat-Su Birders and the official count 
recorder was Dan Crowson. 


Bald Eagle - 2
Northern Harrier - 13
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 28
Northern Goshawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's) - 170
Rough-legged Hawk - 57
Golden Eagle - 6
Unidentified buteos - 3
American Kestrel - 1
Merlin - 2
Gyrfalcon - 1
diurnal raptor sp. - 1- Some observers thought this raptor was a Gyrfalcon but 
others thought that it was a Northern Goshawk. ID not determined. 


Additional species:
Northern Hawk Owl - 1
Northern Shrike - 1 
American Pipit - 3
Snow Bunting - 2
Common Redpoll - 2

An outstanding Gunsight Mountain Hawkwatch weekend!
Cheers,
Bob Winckler
Mat-Su Birders




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Subject: Bonaparte gull
From: Enric Fernandez <somateriafischeri AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:52:07 -0800
A Bonaparte gull is present at Spenard crossing.  AT 3:50 pm

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Subject: RCKI singing
From: Janice Troyer <jktroyer AT gci.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:02:06 -0800
Heard my first RUBY CROWNED KINGLET of the season singing this morning on
the Coastal Trail near Mile 5. Also heard (and saw) a BROWN CREEPER singing
in the same area. And spotted a group of 30+ snow geese flying overhead
towards the wetlands. Nice way to start the day!

Janice Troyer
Subject: Snow Geese
From: davidsonne AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:03:57 -0400 (EDT)
I saw 45 Snow Gees flying over Lake Hood this afternoon. The Lake is still  
frozen.
DWS
Subject: Anchorage -Spenard Crossing
From: Steve W <swinak AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:40:59 -0800
A male Ring-necked duck with the Canvasback this evening at the Spenard
Crossing West Chester
Steve w.
Subject: Gunsight Mtn. Hawkwatch Count - April 19, 2014 +
From: Bob Winckler <winckler AT mtaonline.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:49:58 -0800
Hi Birders,

Here's the official raptor count for April 19th, the first day of the two day 
Gunsight Mountain Hawkwatch at MilePost 118.9 of the Glenn Highway. 


Today's Count was sponsored by Anchorage Audubon and the official count 
recorders were Bob Dittrick and Lisa Moorehead. 


Bald Eagle - 1
Northern Harrier - 35
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 17
Northern Goshawk - 4 
Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's) - 100
Rough-legged Hawk - 78
Golden Eagle - 21
Unidentified buteos - 14
Northern Hawk Owl - 1

Tomorrow's Count and Potluck/Barbecue will be sponsored by the Mat-Su Birders.

Plus: Sandhill Cranes - Doug Hill, AKDF&G Palmer Hay Flats Supervisor, just 
reported seeing 16 Sandhill Cranes in Snodgrass Field, next to the Palmer 
Airport. 

Cheers,
Bob Winckler
Mat-Su Birders  

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Subject: Four Chickens
From: Aaron Lang <birdingak AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:59:40 -0800
Robin and I made an early morning drive today from Kenny Lake to Delta
Junction, leaving Kenny Lake at 5:30 a.m. I believe today was my first day
ever of seeing four species of grouse in Alaska in one day.

We tallied 9 SPRUCE GROUSE, 5 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, 1 RUFFED GROUSE, and 3
WILLOW PTARMIGAN.
For those at the hawkwatch this weekend, two of the Sharp-tailed Grouse
we're quite close to Glenallen (mp 221 Richardson Hwy). Another two were
displaying on the Richardson Highway at Mile 141.4! The Ruffed Grouse and 4
of the Spruce Grouse were on the Old Edgerton Hwy.

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: Re: Seward Western Screech Owls
From: travelswithcats <travelswithcats AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:00:18 -0800
Has anyone seen any sandhill cranes yet up at the experimental farm in Palmer?




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Subject: Sandhill Cranes - Alaska Coastal Wildlife Refuge
From: <avocet AT gci.net>
Date: 19 Apr 2014 11:55:28 -0700
Heard and saw 4 Sandhill Cranes on the mudflats south of Ocenaview. These were 
the FOS for me. Also heard a Wilson's Snipe. 


 Tom Evans
 Anchorage
Subject: Seward Western Screech Owls
From: <c_griz AT yahoo.com>
Date: 19 Apr 2014 00:45:11 -0700
I checked out the Lost Lake subdivision location for the WESTERN SCREECH OWL 
Friday evening starting about 9 pm. There was a lot of highway noise, local 
traffic, and people and dog activity. It is surprising how loud Lost Creek is 
at night. I thought I might have heard Great Horned Owls now and then, but very 
faintly. After trying several different spots, I decided to drive down Exit 
Glacier Road. At 1.5 miles past the first bridge, I parked by the 40 mph sign 
where the Western Screech Owl was heard and seen in March of 2008. 


 Immediately, I heard the "bouncing ball" call mixed with a few other 
vocalizations of at least two WESTERN SCREECH OWLS calling back and forth. This 
is a much easier location to hear owls as it is so quiet. 

 

 When I returned home around 11:30 pm, the Saw-whet Owl was calling from Little 
Bear Mountain. A great night for owls! 

 

 Happy Owling!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 

 

Subject: Gray Jays
From: <jpcspartan AT gmail.com>
Date: 18 Apr 2014 20:48:21 -0700
There were three gray jays with yellow on their heads near Eklutna. Do they 
normally have yellow on their heads this time of year? I posted a pic of one 
under JPC's bird pics. 
Subject: Potter Marsh
From: Steve W <swinak AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:03:23 -0800
2 Sandhill Cranes
Steve W.
Subject: Hawk owl post correction
From: Aaron Lang <birdingak AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:45:49 -0800
Correction: yesterday's date was 4/17.

The birds were still Northern Hawk Owls. (They most likely were Hawk Owls
in December as well.)

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: Hawk owls on the Glenn
From: Aaron Lang <birdingak AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:22:06 -0800
Yesterday (12/17) at 8:30 pm there were 2 NORTHERN HAWK OWLS at mile 120.8
on the Glenn Highway. One bird was doing a lot of calling and a bit of
singing and eventually chased the other away.

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: Kachemak Bay Shorebird Monitoring
From: "George Matz" <geomatz AT alaska.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:37:02 -0800
2014 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Monitoring Project

Session #1



Shorebirds have arrived! Or at least some. On Thursday, April 17th the Kachemak 
Bay Birders had its first shorebird monitoring session for this season. This is 
our sixth consecutive year of monitoring. Twenty three volunteers made 
observations for two hours (6:45-8:45 pm) at six sites in the Homer Spit area 
as well as Anchor Point/River. Sites in the Spit area include Mud Bay, Mariner 
Park Lagoon, Mid-Spit, and the Outer Spit (boat harbor area), nearby Beluga 
Slough, and the Islands and Islets on the south side of the bay. In addition, 
another team of birders monitored the mouth of the Kasilof River. 




The only shorebirds seen on the Spit were 3 DUNLIN at the boat harbor. A 
GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen at Beluga Slough a couple of days ago, but 
apparently moved on. The Anchor River team saw 8 GREATER YELLOWLEGS as well as 
12 ROCK SANDPIPERS. The latter overwinter in the area, but have not been seen 
very often this past winter. 




At Mud Bay the only other species noted was a BALD EAGLE. At Mariner Park 
Lagoon, which usually has a lot of ducks, there were only, 3 MALLARDS, as well 
as 3 BALD EAGLES and 1 NW CROW. The Mid-Spit area had 12 HARLEQUIN DUCKS. 




However, the Outer Spit had 24 PELAGIC CORMORANTS, 1 SCOTER, 2 RED-BREASTED 
MERGANSERS, 3 COMMON LOONS, 7 BALD EAGLES, 1000+ BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, many 
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS, 1 PIGEON GUILLEMOT, 6 ROCK PIGEONS, 2 COMMON RAVENS, 10 
NW CROWS, and 3 SONG SPARROWS. 




Beluga Slough had the most birds with 24 MALLARDS, 28 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 16 
AMERICAN WIDGEON, 7 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 BUFFLEHEAD, 4 GOLDENEYE, 2 BALD 
EAGLES, 36 MEW GULLS, and 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR. On the bay they saw 3 
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 2 BLACK SCOTERS, 4 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 2 GOLDENEYES, and 2 
COMMON LOONS. 




On Beluga Lake, which just became ice free, there were 3 BUFFLEHEADS and 2 
TRUMPETER SWANS. 




The Anchor River Team also saw 3 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 BELTED KINGFISHERS and a 
MERLIN trying to pick off one of about 40 LAPLAND LONGSPURS. 




Although Karl was out on his boat that morning, he didn’t see any shorebirds 
on the other side of the bay. 




There should be a report later from the Kasilof River.



This year April has been mild, as has the past winter. In fact, this was the 
first year of our monitoring when there hasn’t been at least some snow or ice 
on the Spit. Based on NOAA’s web site 
(http://w1.weather.gov/obhistory/PAHO.html), at 6:53 pm the temperature at the 
nearby Homer Airport was 45° F, wind was from the W at 10 mph and the 
barometric pressure was 29.36. At 8:53 pm the temperature was 42°, the wind 
shifted to the SW at 6 mph and the barometric pressure rose to 29.58. 




Next report in 5 days.  



George Matz

Subject: Re: Seward- 2 Western screech owls
From: Sadie Ulman <sadie.ulman AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:50:59 -0700 (PDT)
After hearing vocalizations on April 16th, John Maniscalco was able to get a 
short recording and let us know of the presence of the WESTERN SCREECH 
OWL. Luckily for us- they vocalized again last night (the 17th). Good find 
John!  

-sadie
 
   
  
      
  
 
Subject: (unknown)
From: Kate McLaughlin <mclenvironmental AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:53:26 -0700 (PDT)
Good
Morning Birders,
After
I sent out my little list yesterday a.m.  I went for a minus low tide walk
at the airport beach.  So that's where all the ducks are! 
BUFFLEHEAD, MALLLARD, SCAUP, BARROW'S GOLDEN-EYE,  a pair of WIGEON, a
pair of CANADA GEESE, a pair of BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS, a GREAT BLUE
HERON, a single YELLOWLEGS flew off towards the small boat harbor calling
loudly.  Got a nice sighting of an AMERICAN DIPPER, who have a
traditional nest under O'Brien Creek bridge to the airstrip. 
BELTED KINGFISHER pairs (at least 3) are busy yelling loudly over the village
as they chase each other off their favorite fishing perches.  I was very
glad to note that the traditional burrow nest in the cut bank across from the
newly dug gravel / rock area is being used this year (abandoned last year with
all the commotion) with daddy bird spotted delivering packages of yummy to
someone inside.  AMERICAN ROBINS, VARIED THRUSHES, and SONG SPARROWS are
singing their heads off.  At the feeder and in the village:  STELLAR'S
JAY, RAVEN, CROW, CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE (sorry folks that's the last seed
feeder fill up for the year), OREGON JUNCO and SONG SPARROW. Nuthatch
has been absent from feeder for weeks - moved on looking for a mate?
 On the bay:  PELAGIC CORMORANT, GLACOUS-WINGED GULL, BALD EAGLE,
COMMON MERGANZER, RED-BREASTED MERGANZERS.Back
to rain again today, that's o.k., maybe this storm will bring the hummers in!
Happy
Birding,
 Kate
 
McLaughlin Environmental Services
PO Box 8043
Chenega Bay, Alaska 99574
907/573-2006
http://www.akenvironmentalservices.com/
Subject: Seward- 2 Western screech owls
From: <sadie.ulman AT yahoo.com>
Date: 18 Apr 2014 00:08:09 -0700
A resident in the Lost Lake subdivision reported hearing a WESTERN SCREECH OWL 
last night around 9pm. This evening, while standing on the road, we heard 
vocalizations from 2 individuals. Vocalizations started around 920 pm and were 
off and on for about 30 minutes. Traffic noise was pretty loud. The owls were 
vocalizing quite a bit, and we also had good looks at one of the birds perched 
and of both birds flying. 

 

 -Sadie, Sean, Tasha
Seward, AK
Subject: Kenai River tide flats
From: <sacmatthews AT yahoo.com>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 21:08:56 -0700
A small flock of twelve Snow Geese stopped to feed on the Kenai River tideflats 
today. Other sightings there included large numbers of Canada Geese, numerous 
Pintails and a flock of small unidentified shore birds, possibly sandpipers. At 
Kasilof this evening we saw the first Varied Thrush of the spring. Sandy 
Subject: Canvasback
From: David Sonneborn <davidsonne AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:54:44 -0800
FOS male Spenard x ing

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

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

 
The snipe and the hummingbirds should be here any day!  
 
Happy Birding,
 
Kate

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

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

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


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

Birds are on the move!

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


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

Spenard crossing  AT  6:30 pm

Enric Fernandez
Anchorage, AK

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

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

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

Etc.

-Peter


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 12, 2014

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


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


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


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



Suzi

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage


*Campbell Creek Early Morning Bird Walks*

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

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Ginger Moore
Rainbow Tours
ginger AT kbaywhales.com






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

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

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

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

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


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



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


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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance for any  guidance you can offer!

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


Jim
Galveston, TX

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

  

Hi folks, 

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


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


Thanks in advance for any guidance you can offer!

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

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


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


Thanks in advance for any guidance you can offer!

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




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

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

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





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


 Please contact Lisa at 907.260.5449 to register!
 

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






 





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

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

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

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

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage






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

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



Suzi

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


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


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

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

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

 

Dick and Kathy Prentki

Anchorage

Prentki AT acsalaska.net             

 



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

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

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

Also still hanging around are

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

As well as usual Eagles, Ravens, Magpies


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


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

 

                                         Robin Collman  4/6/14
 

 

    

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

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

 Toby and Laura Burke
 Kenai, AK
 

 

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

 

               ROBIN COLLMAN

Subject: Palmer FOS Juncos
From: <susiehayes AT gci.net>
Date: 04 Apr 2014 21:52:14 -0700
We had a pair of juncos in our yard today.  First of spring birds for us!!!
 Susie Hayes
 Butte Area- near Maude Road.