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Bay Crest Trails Trip: 5-26-18

Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 10:01 pm
by lani
Early bird Kachemak Bay Birders hiked on the Bay Crest Trail this morning (5-26-18) and found some great birds. A few sprinkles for a short time but that gave us a rainbow Mostly sunny and pleasant with no wind.

Wonderful birds singing all along the trail and it was a treat to listen to the RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and LINCOLN SPARROWS singing vigorously--some of us haven't heard many this year yet. A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER sang from a tree long enough for many to learn his song, and a HERMIT THRUSH sat still long enough up in a tree to get some good photos. Most of us heard the NORTHERN WATER THRUSH and some saw it there near the creek. A WILSON'S SNIPE seemed to be cautioning us not to go to his/her nest site and we also heard one winnowing later. Several times CRANES were heard in the distance and a couple single fly-overs. A Great Day to Bird!

Species that we saw and/or heard were:

SANDHILL CRANE
WILSON'S SNIPE
BALD EAGLE
COMMON RAVEN
GRAY JAY
BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE
BOREAL CHICKADEE
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
HERMIT THRUSH
VARIED THRUSH
AMERICAN ROBIN
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
WILSON'S WARBLER
NORTHERN WATER THRUSH
LINCOLN SPARROW
FOX SPARROW
GOLDEND-CROWNED SPARROW
DARK-EYED JUNCO
Gull sp.
Swallow sp.

At the very end, when only three of us were still there, a swallow flew over and we decided three was a quorum so listed it. It was true that our team leader, George Matz had left, but there aren't hard-and-fast rules for making lists for trips. The more the better and we did see it and there were three of us...

In addition to the birds, we found many lovely, tiny violets blooming, very pale in color. Also some blueberries blooming in a few places. We encountered one moose a ways off the trail.

Thanks to Tim Quinn for the photo. And yes, it was A Great Day to Bird, as we say again and again!

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Hermit Thrush photo by Tim Quinn