Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival: Checklist of species seen
Created: Sunday, 22 May 2016
Last Updated: Monday, 23 May 2016
Published: Sunday, 22 May 2016
Written by Jason Sodergren
The 2016 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival took place May 12-15. The attached checklist shows the species seen during the festival- 140 species were seen over the four festival days.
This list has been compiled from the Checklist of Birds of Kachemak Bay (April 2002) with some revisions (April 2005). Like the original checklist, it covers the Anchor River drainage, the watersheds draining into Kachemak Bay including Kachemak Bay State Park and the Bay itself between Anchor Point and Point Pogibshi. It features species and their historical likelihood of occurrence in the spring only, i.e., those birds likely to be seen during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, which has taken place on the first or second weekend of May since 1993.
2015 Christmas Bird Count results
Parent Category: Citizen Science
Created: Tuesday, 05 January 2016
Last Updated: Friday, 08 January 2016
Published: Tuesday, 05 January 2016
Written by Super User
Summary provided by Dave Erikson:
What a fantastic Christmas Bird Count here in Homer! There were 66 species seen and
three of these species had never been seen before on a Christmas Bird Count:
Red-breasted Sapsucker, Anna’s Hummingbird and Ancient Murrelet. During
the Count Week (which is three days before and three days after the Count
Day), an additional nine species were found, including a Great Blue Heron and a
Chestnut-backed Chickadee, both very uncommon on this side of the Bay.
Participants, including myself, did their best during the short daylight
hours searching hard and long to find the latter two on the Count Day itself, as
they had been seen the previous few days and would have been wonderful
Nearly 8000 birds were counted in all. The most numerous species were Rock
Sandpipers (2000), Pine Siskin (871), and Black Scoter (845); also hundreds
of Mallards, Common Mergansers, Pelagic Cormorants, Common Murre, American
Robins, Black-capped Chickadees, Northwestern Crows and
Glaucous-winged Gulls. Species of note were six European Starlings,
White-throated Sparrow, Townsend’s Solitaire, and—love them or not—there
were 13 Ring Necked Pheasants (last year only one could be found).
The weather cooperated and the snow that was predicted thankfully did not
fall. This was a huge help although the heavy clouds meant the day was very
short. A big thank you to over thirty volunteers who participated, plus
other feeder watchers. Thank you to Dave Erikson as coordinator of the
Count; this was the 39th consecutive Christmas Bird Count he has coordinated
here in Homer! And a big thank you to Islands and Ocean Visitor Center for
allowing us to use their wonderful facility.