Birding Trip to the Anchor River: 7-29-17

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Birding Trip to the Anchor River: 7-29-17

Postby Jason Sodergren » Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:28 am

From Lani Raymond:

Today the Anchor River again lived up to its reputation as THE #1 Hot Spot for birding!! In spite of people, traffic and all the boats being launched, we found 37 species, 13 of them shorebirds.

Besides the fantastic shorebird array, we found some very nice warblers and experienced some drama when the falcon swooped down into a group of shorebirds to snatch his lunch (or maybe late breakfast).

A huge thank you to our leader, Michelle Michaud, for knowing just how to sequence our time for the high tide, the estuary, and then back along the beach after the rocks were exposed to get even more shorebirds. It was a lovely day: warm weather, sunshine and no wind.

Again, we Kachemak Bay Birders reaffirmed our famous motto: It Was A great Day To Bird!

What we saw:

COMMON LOON
HARLEQUIN DUCK
SURF SCOTER
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER
MEW GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL
ARCTIC TERN
MURRELET sp.
HORNED PUFFIN
WHIMBREL
RUDDY TURNSTONE
BLACK TURNSTONE
SURFBIRDS
WESTERN SANDPIPER
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER'
WILSON'S SNIPE
LEAST SANDPIPER
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
PEREGRINE FALCON
BALD EAGLE
BELTED KINGFISHER
NORTHWESTERN CROW
COMMON RAVEN
BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE
HERMIT THRUSH
TOWNSEND'S WARBLER
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
SAVANNAH SPARROW
SONG SPARROW
DARK-EYED JUNCO

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