Kachemak Bay Birder Carol Harding, highlights the February Bird of the Month – Rock Sandpiper. This hardy bird winters in Homer, and can be found roosting at high tide at the Homer Small Boat Harbor. Carol also describes two different processes found in birds: “irruptive” and “leucistic”. The “irruptive” process, occurs where birds, not readily seen in the Homer area during the winter, appear in great numbers, such as the increase in the number of Red Crossbills this winter and last. A “leucistic” bird is one that has white feathers, whole or in part. These birds are not albinos, as they lack the red eye. Listen to Carol as she explains these fascinating aspects of bird life.
Karin Holbook is new to birding. In this month’s Bird Rhythms, Karin shares with us her experiences as a beginning birder and how it has changed her world.
Tim Quinn, local birder and member of the Kachemak Bay Birders, describes the tiny titan of local, fast moving streams – the American Dipper.
Kachemak Bay Birder, B.J. Hitchcock, talks this month about bird food and feeders. She describes the various types of food you can put out to attract birds to your feeders, including sunflower seeds, nyjer, and suet. And remember, feed birds only during the winter months so you don’t unnecessarily attract other wildlife, like bears.
Gary Lyons introduces us to the Northern Saw-whet Owl, one of Homer’s smallest owls. This owl is the Kachemak Bay Birder’s October Bird of the Month.
Kachemak Bay Birder Carol Harding introduces us to our largest Songbird – the Common Raven and the KBB September Bird of the Month. Learn more about this fascinating bird which makes its home year-round in Homer, Alaska.
Our August Bird Rhythms presentation on KBBI features the Marbled Murrelet – our Bird of the Month, plus Louise Ashmun what to do if you find a bird with a deformed beak or an injured bird (see our “Home” page for who to contact). The presentation also addresses what to do for our safety as we live in bear country – alternatives to feeding birds year-round.
Carla Stanley talks about the importance of bird habitat for food, water, shelter, and nesting areas to hatch and raise their young. She also talks about the Kachemak Bay Birders’ Bird of the Month – the Arctic Tern. To learn more about the Arctic Tern go to: http://kachemakbaybirders.org/blog/category/bird-of-the-month/ (Be sure to scroll down to reach the Arctic Tern post).
Michelle Michaud talks about Golden-crowned Sparrows – the Kachemak Bay Birders “BIRD OF THE MONTH” for June, 2018 and the importance of keeping cats indoors – to protect the birds and other wildlife. For more information on the Golden-crowned Sparrow, check out our “Bird of the Month” page.
Bird Rhythms originally aired on KBBI on June 30, 2018 as part of the Kachemak Science monthly program.
Landon Bunting and Nolan Bunting talk about the shorebird “Wilson’s Snipe” – the Kachemak Bay Birders “BIRD OF THE MONTH” for May, 2018. For more information on the Wilson’s Snipe, check out our “Bird of the Month” page.
Bird Rhythms originally aired on KBBI on May 28, 2018 as part of the Kachemak Science monthly program.