KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION January 21, 2015
The first month of winter was so mild, but temperatures are supposed to dip down soon. Along with getting some snow possibly.
There was a report on the 18th of some AMERICAN PIPITS by the ditch on the west side of the Discovery RV Park out on the Spit.
On the 19th COMMON EIDERS (4) were seen out on the water near Bluff Point. This combined with an earlier observation of different numbers of drakes/hens, he said, means that there are at least 3 pair.
The last observation of the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was on the 11th in town near Danview and Main and in the Hohe area. Inquiring today I was told there had not been any more recent sightings. (Of note: two were seen at the same time on the 4th.)
One observation which slipped under the radar so to speak during the CBC was that of a NORTHERN FLICKER seen about three miles off East End Rd. Nearly every year flickers are reported—so very distinctive and beautiful to discover coming to your feeder! Any other sightings would be appreciated.
On the 21st Mossy said a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was still in her yard at Seaside Farms. Also reported that a NORTHERN SHRIKE is in the area. . On the 2nd she reported a LINCOLN SPARROW and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.
On the 17th the Kachemak Bay Birders walked the beach east of Mud Bay and saw many large flocks of WHITE-WING CROSSBILLS, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and PINE SISKINS. Huge spruce in that area are laden with a great cone crop and from the beach it is a good spot to look up to see what's in there. The group also found a HAIRY and a DOWNY WOODPECKER, a large group of MALLARDS was nearby and good group of ROCK SANDPIPERS flew in also. (No one has reported a number for them recently.)
Some VARIED THRUSH were heard singing loudly (or perhaps amorously?), long and convincingly at least, in the Rochelle St. part of town. They had been heard singing halfheartedly (she said) during the CBC, but this sounded serious!
On the 11th on the Saddle Trail across the Bay a large group of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS was seen and actually many reported from many areas on this side of the Bay also.
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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