KACHEMAK BAY BIRDERS

Kachemak Bay Birders, established in 2008, is an informal organization of individuals interested in birds, birding, and the conservation of birds. We have no membership fees; our meetings and trips are free and open to the public.


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Due to the corona virus, Kachemak Bay Birders is cancelling all Meetings and all Trips until further notice

F.Y.I. from Audubon:  “Birding Is the Perfect Activity While Practicing Social Distancing” https://www.audubon.org/news/birding-perfect-activity-while-practicing-social-distancing

Occasional Bird Reports

I am going to start compiling short, informal bird reports every few days as the migration season begins now. The purpose is to let folks know what is around the Homer area in case you want to go out birding (spaced 6’ apart from non-family members for safety due to the coronavirus).

It’s good for us to get outside, get some exercise–doing some birding also is a wonderful diversion at this time. Lifts our spirits!

Also on this website, you can click on “eBird Sightings Map” on the right hand column to see the whole list of what birds have been reported in the last 14 days within 50 km of Homer. You can choose the list to be sorted by DATE on the menu to get the most recent sightings at the top.

If you have a sighting you’d like to share, you can email me lanibirder@gmail.com or text 399-9477.
Lani

OCCASIONAL BIRD REPORT:

The Virtual Shorebird Festival  (May 7-10)was a good way for folks to get out birding individually and to submit reports on ebird and so we have a final Species Tally for the four days: 135 species. (This checklist form will be posted soon.)

Some interesting species, and species seen earlier than expected:
SNOW GOOSE
GADWALL
CANVASBACK
RING-NECKED DUCK
RED-THROATED LOON
YELLOW-BILLED LOON
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
RED KNOT (seen the last evening of the Festival, then 65 seen the next day!)
PARASITIC JAEGER
SLATY-BACKED GULL
CASPIAN TERN
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (early)
HORNED LARK
BARN SWALLOW
SWAINSON’S THRUSH
TOWNSEND’S WARBLER
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW

 

OCCASIONAL BIRD REPORT: 5-10/5-11(I’ve had computer problems…)
Some new species…what a wonderful array of species out there!

Sighting of 65 RED KNOTS this morning about 8:45 in Mud Bay!!

Beluga Lake
SPOTTED SANDPIPER (near Homer News)
CANVASBACK
RING-NECKED DUCK
BARN SWALLOW
BANK SWALLOW

FAA Rd. Platform area
SOLITARY SANDPIPER
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
RED-TAILED HAWK
WILSON’S WARBLER
CLIFF SWALLOW
SWAINSON’S THRUSH

Spit
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (Mud Bay)
SHORT-EARED OWL (Green Timbers)
BLACK OYSTERCATCHER (Freight Dock Rd)
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER
WANDERING TATTLER
RUDDY TURNSTONE
BLACK TURNSTONE
SURFBIRDS

Elsewhere around the area
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at the Beluga Overlook on Skyline Dr.
TOWNSEND’S WARBER at Calvin and Coyle trail

 

OCCASIONAL BIRD REPORT–update 5-9-20

Spit
(est. 2000 peeps in the afternoon)
WHIMBREL
BLACK TURNSTONE
WANDERING TATTLER (4)-harbor
SURFBIRD (154)
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER
LEAST SANDPIPER
WESTERN SANDPIPER
DUNLIN
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
ALEUTIAN TERN
BONAPARTE’S GULL
AMERICAN PIPIT
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
HORNED LARK (Louie’s Lagoon)

Anchor River/Anchor Point
BLACK TURNSTONE
SANDERLING
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
WHIMBREL
PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER
RUSTY BLACKBIRD (3)
PARASITIC JAEGER
OSPREY
ARCTIC TERN
GADWALL (6)
SHORT-EARED OWL
NORTHERN HARRIER
MERLIN
BRANT
RED-THROATED LOON

Beluga Slough
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
CASPIAN TERN
SNOW GOOSE (5)
AMERICAN PIPIT

(SW of Bishop’s Beach)
SURFBIRD
YELLOW-BILLED LOON

Seldovia
TOWNSEND’S WARBLER
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW
BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
MERLIN
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER

 

OCCASIONAL BIRD REPORT (5-8-20)

For up-to-date information about the Virtual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival (May 7-10th) go to https://kachemakshorebird.org/. Click to enter! Find excellent information on species seen in the Daily Birder’s Blog entries as they are happening! Indeed, it is a Great Day to Bird!

The following are some bird sightings from the last two days (7th and 8th until 5:00 pm).
SUPER HOT SPOTS: Beluga Lake and the platform area down the FAA Rd, also from the Anchor River! And, of course, from the Bay...

East end Beluga Lake/Platforms
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
WESTERN SANDPIPER
LEAST SANDPIPER
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
AMERICAN PIPIT
LESSER SCAUP
GREATER SCAUP
TUNDRA SWAN
CLIFF, VIOLET-GREEN and TREE SWALLOW
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
HERMIT THRUSH
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
SAVANNAH SPARROW
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
BONAPARTE’S GULL
CANVASBACK (in the lake)
RING-NECKED DUCK (in the lake)
(2 coyotes on the 6th, east of the lower platform!!—seen through the winter/spring also)

Anchor River/Anchor Point
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (7th)
PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
DUNLIN
LEAST SANDPIPER
WESTERN SANDPIPER
SURFBIRD (7th)
BLACK TURNSTONE (7th)
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER (5/5/20)
SLATY-BACKED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
PACIFIC LOON
RED-THROATED LOON
SNOW GOOSE (5)
BELTED KINGFISHER
COMMON REDPOLL
AMERICAN PIPIT
RED CROSSBILL
SPRUCE GROUSE

End of the Spit
SURFBIRD
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER
WANDERING TATTLER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
LEAST SANDPIPER

East of town
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
HERMIT THRUSH
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (singing!)
SAVANNA, WHITE-CROWNED, FOX, SONG and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS

Seldovia
BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE
PIGEON GUILLAMOT
MERLIN

and out on the Bay
KITTLITZ’S MURRELET
MARBLED MURRELET
SURFBIRD (Lancashire Is.)
BLACK TURNSTONES (heard only)

 

OCCASIONAL BIRD REPORT (5-7-20) Some FOS and interesting sightings the last couple days:

Reports from several areas: ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, HERMIT THRUSH, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, SWALLOWS (TREE AND VIOLET-GREEN), YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (a few locations, singing in some).

East end Beluga Lake/Platforms
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
RUSTY BLACKBIRD
LESSER SCAUP
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
TUNDRA SWAN
HERMIT THRUSH
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
SAVANNAH SPARROW
WILSON’S SNIPE
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
CANVASBACK
RING-NECKED DUCK
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
(2 coyotes on the 6th, east of the lower platform!!)

Green Timbers/Louie’s Lagoon
RUDDY TURNSTONE
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER (5/5/20)
CACKLING GOOSE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
SNOW GOOSE (5)
(Estimated WESTERN SANDPIPERS 2600 on the 6th)

End of the Spit
SURFBIRD
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER
WANDERING TATTLER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
LEAST SANDPIPER

Mud Bay/Lighthouse Village
MARBLED GODWIT
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
DUNLIN
LEAST SANDPIPER
DOWITCHER sp.
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
(estimated WESTERN SANDPIPERS 5300 on 5/6/20)
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW
AMERICAN PIPIT
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
SANDHILL CRANES (nesting pair at Lighthouse Village)

OCCASIONAL BIRD REPORT (5-2-20) Some FOS and interesting sightings the last couple days:

East end Beluga Lake/Beluga Slough
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER
WILSON’S SNIPE
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
CANVASBACK (1)
GADWAL (2)
AMERICAN PIPIT
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
WHIMBREL (124 over Slough on 1st)

Mud Bay/Lighthouse Village
MARBLED GODWIT
WHIMBREL (64)
DUNLIN
LEAST SANDPIPER
WESTERN SANDPIPER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
ARCTIC TERN
BONAPARTE’S GULL
BRANT

Green Timbers/Louie’s Lagoon
BLACK TURNSTONE
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER

OCCASIONAL BIRD REPORT (4-27-20) Some FOS and interesting sightings the last couple days:
East end of Beluga Lake/Platform area
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
WHIMBREL
WILSON’S SNIPE
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
SANDHILL CRANES
GREATER YELLOWLEGS

Beluga Slough/Bishop’s Beach (4/26 evening: estimated 1000+ geese)
LEAST SANDPIPERS (9)
WHIMBREL
LAPLAND LONGSPURS
PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
SNOW GOOSE (2)

Green Timbers/Louie’s Lagoon
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
WESTERN SANDPIPER
WHIMBREL
BONAPARTE’S GULL
BRANT (6)
DUNLIN
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

Mud Bay
MARBLED GODWIT (3)
DUNLIN
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
WESTERN SANDPIPERS
BONAPARTE’S GULLS
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER

Fritz Creek
FOX SPARROW
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW

Anchor Point
TREE SWALLOW
MERLIN
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
BELTED KINGFISHER
WILSON’S SNIPE

Please report your SANDHILL CRANE sightings to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or reports@cranewatch.org

OCCASIONAL BIRD REPORT (4-24-20) Some FOS and interesting sightings the last couple days:

East end of Beluga Lake/Platform area/Beluga Slough:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
CANADA GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
SNOW GOOSE (1)
SANDHILL CRANES
GREATER YELLOWLEGS

Mud Bay: (on 4/23)
SANDERLING (1)
DUNLIN
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER

Town:
VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW (on 4/23)

Nikolaevsk:
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE (on 4/21)
WILSON’S SNIPE

OCCASIONAL BIRD REPORT (4-20-20) Some FOS and interesting sightings the last couple days:

50-60 SANDHILL CRANES flying over east of town about 5 pm on the 20th!
Green Timbers/Louie’s Lagoon area
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE
GADWALL
LAPLAND LONGSPURS
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS (up to 200 reported)
COMMON GOLDENEYE (up to 150 reported)

FAA Rd Platforms
WILSON’S SNIPE
TRUMPETER SWAN (2)
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL

Anchor River
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS
GREATER YELLOWLEGS

Miller’s Landing area
AMERICAN ROBINS singing

OCCASIONAL BIRD REPORT (4-17-20) FOS

Beluga Slough
TUNDRA SWAN—several days; occasionally in Beluga Lake
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE
CANADA GEESE
CACKLING GEESE
GREATER YELLOWLEGS, also at the lower platform on FAA rd.
EURASIAN WIGEON
GADWALL
BRANT—south of the slough mouth

FOX SPARROW—East Hill Rd
THREE-TOED WOODPECKER—Calvin and Coyle Trail
RED-TAILED HAWK—just east of town
RUSTY BLACKBIRD (3) and EUROPEAN STARLING—RV Dump across from the Post Office
SANDHILL CRANES—by Catholic Church in town (nesting pair), flying over town, flying east up the Bay
WILSON’S SNIPE—(heard winnowing) out east end Rd., in town, base of the spit
ROCK SANDPIPERS (~120) and DUNLIN (~5)—mid-spit and elsewhere
CANVASBACK –in Barge Basin
LAPLAND LONGSPUR—Green Timbers, Bishop’s Beach, Mariner Park
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS—FAA Rd platforms

OCCASIONAL BIRD REPORT (4-13-20) Some FOS and interesting sightings the last couple days:
PEREGRINE FALCON–Mariner Park
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE–Beluga Slough (2 seen)
NORTHERN SHOVELERS–Beluga Slough
TRUMPETER and TUNDRA SWANS–Beluga Slough and Lake (4 total swans)

GREATER YELLOWLEGS–Beluga Slough

EURASIAN WIGEONS –Beluga Slough (so many!! 20 or more)
AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER–Beluga Slough (fly-over on the 11th)
RUSTY BLACKBIRD–Beluga Slough/Bishop’s Beach
HARLAN’S HAWK (Red-tailed Hawk)–East End Rd
CANVASBACK–Barge Basin (11th)
LAPLAND LONGSPURS–Green Timbers, Beluga Slough

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS–FAA Rd. Platforms
SWALLOWS sp.–Peterson Bay (said to be acting strangely as there are no insects yet, “digging” around under spruce trees)
BLACK OYSTERCATCHER–Jacalof Bay Dock

OCCASIONAL BIRD REPORT (4-8-20)

AMERICAN TREE SPARROW seen out east of town near Eveline Park.

CASSIN’S FINCH seen at the top of Spencer Rd on Carlson Place.

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD found in Old Town near Main St. near old Inlet Trading Post.

RUSTY BLACKBIRD (2) and EUROPEAN STARLING (4) across from the Post Office in the RV dump area.

TRUMPETER SWAN and BRANT seen at Beluga Lake from the Lower Platform.
(4/5/20)
SNOW GEESE (2) reported flying between Beluga Lake and Slough

SNOW BUNTINGS and LAPLONG LONGSPURS seen at Bishop’s Beach

Occasional Bird Report (4-3-20)
(Possible subtitle: Bird Reports for Spaced-Out Birders?)

Spit:
~1500 ROCK SANDPIPERS at high tide resting in the harbor during high tide period (east side, below new Harbor Master’s bldg.)
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES–Deep-water Dock and Ferry Dock
BRANT (10) in Mud Bay
LAPLAND LONGSPURS (20) and SNOW BUNTINGS (20) in Green Timbers

Beluga Slough:
TRUMPETER SWANS (2)This was actually 4 !
BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDENEYES
EURASIAN WIGEON (seen a week ago in there)

Fritz Creek/E. End Road:
SNOW BUNTINGS-seen at Mile 5-6 East End Rd.
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (continuing to visit feeder, many months)
GOLDEN-CROWNED X WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (hybrid)