KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION December 7, 2014
FYI: Homer's Christmas Bird Count is going to be Saturday, December 20th. Meet at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center at 8:30 am for tea/coffee and breakfast items and, of course, to also get your area and team assignments. Return at 4:30 to tally numbers and for a potluck dinner. Dave Erickson is the coordinator. If you'd like to help us, come on down! For sure we'll have good birds!!
So many great birds it's hard to know where to start!
On Dec. 5th Martin Renner spotted an AMERICAN COOT at the highway end of Beluga Slough. It was been seen again by several people and on the 6th as well. He noticed it because of how it was feeding. Only three previous records here, the last one in 2007. Also in the Slough: RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (33), RING-NECKED DUCK (1), NORTHERN SHOVELERS (2).
On Nov. 19th a SNOWY OWL was seen at Green Timbers out on the Spit. There were no further reports after that date. In Mud Bay an EURASIAN WIGEON was seen with AMERICA WIGEON (2) on Dec. 1st. The largest count of ROCK SANDPIPERS so far as been 900.
In town there continue to be reports of a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE up near the hospital. One location given was on Cityview between Main St and Hohe St. Another location was near the Pratt. Also in that area up to 300 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and large flocks of AMERICAN ROBINS.
A RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was reported up above the Bear Creek Rd and reports of some GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS there also. RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS in the Seaside Farm area and out East End Rd on Fernwood. PINE GROSBEAKS, HAIRY and DOWNIE WOODPECKERS also in that area.
At the Anchor River on Nov. 17th a KILLDEER and SANDERLINGS(2) were seen. On Dec. 2nd one SANDERLING, SNOW BUNTINGS (60), and ROCK SANDPIPERS (50) were reported.
In the Knob Hill area of the North Fork Road the following have been reported recently: WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS (one group of 100), COMMON REDPOLLS (25), PINE SISKINS, PINE GROSBEAKS, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, NORTHERN SHRIKE.
Access to bird sightings/rep
Check the SIGHTINGS BOARD on the Kachemak Bay Birders' website for new postings: viewforum.php?f=2
Or the Kenai Peninsula Birding Website http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/kpbi ... s/messages
Or AKBirding: http://birding.aba.org/maillist/AK01
To submit reports
You can email a report of a bird sighting to email@example.com . The PEEP phone line has been discontinued but it is also possible to report birds by posting on Kachemak Bay Birders' website “Bird Sightings” viewforum.php?f=2
Let us know if you want to receive a copy of these reports by email.
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