Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 12-28-14

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Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 12-28-14

Postby lani » Sun Dec 28, 2014 4:59 pm

The Homer Christmas Bird Count was December 20th which we all agreed was very mellow weather-wise and bird-wise. The final species count was 66 and an additional 8 species seen during the Count Week. A big thank you to the many volunteers and especially our Coordinator/compiler, Dave Erikson. It was great fun and worthwhile information collected! The numbers of the species will be available soon.

Notable species were the AMERICAN COOT in Beluga Slough, a flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (also Beluga Slough), CEDAR WAXWING (out east of town; seen in town on the 16th), TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE (in town and by the airport), a late HORNED PUFFIN (off Land's End) and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS in a couple locations. Also an array of loons: COMMON, YELLOW-BILLED, PACIFIC, RED-THROATED. Some of the VARIED THRUSH were singing.

Interesting—and in the case of the swan, amazing-- birds for the Count Week were: TRUMPETER SWAN (in Mud Bay on the 21st), EURASIAN WIGEONS and NORTHERN SHOVELER, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, MALLARD X NORTHERN PINTAIL hybrid drake and AMERICAN PIPIT (all in the Beluga Slough area). And finally a STELLER'S EIDERS seen from mid-spit.

The AMERICAN COOT is easy to find, right where it's been all this time since the 5th, right near the culvert under the road that empties Beluga Lake into the Slough.

On the 28th COMMON EIDERS (4) were seen out from Bishop's Beach. Not many eiders reported this year and just in the last week.

On the 25th Mossy said a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was still at Seaside Farms. On the 12th she reported a WILSON'S WARBLER there. (Skedaddled before the CBC on the 20th unfortunately.)

Several people have mentioned that the number of ROCK SANDPIPERS has decreased here in the last several weeks. 350 were reported on the 23rd. A larger group, maybe 700 or so was seen on the 25th but there were far more earlier.

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 peep@islandsandocean.org . 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. IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BIRD!

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