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Trip to the Spit: 3-16-19

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:08 pm
by lani
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Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch photo by Tim Quinn
Kachemak Bay Birders had a bit 'o the luck of the Irish today, one day early. With 100% precipitation predicted, hardly any rain fell upon them as they were birding out on the Spit. (The rest of the day it poured!) Also the luck of finding 27 species.

Seemed like spring with Song Sparrows singing in many location--such a cheerful, uplifting song they have. Very enjoyable up-close viewing of the Rosy-Finches, especially in the campground by the Seafarer's Memorial. Many Rock Sandpipers were seen at Mud Bay and in the Harbor, but careful scrutiny did not reveal a single Dunlin.

A big thanks to Michael Craig for leading our trip. It was a Great Day to Bird!!

The species we saw:
PACIFIC LOON
COMMON LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
HORNED GREBE
PELAGIC CORMORANT
HARLEQUIN DUCK
MALLARD
BLACK SCOTER
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
SURF SCOTER
AMERICAN WIGEON
LONG-TAILED DUCKS
BUFFLEHEAD
COMMON GOLDENEYE
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER
COMMON MERGANSER
HERRING GULL
MEW GULL
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
COMMON MURRE
ROCK SANDPIPERS
BALD EAGLE
ROCK DOVE
NORTHWESTERN CROW
SONG SPARROW
GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCH
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Song Sparrow photo by Tim Quinn