KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION: April 12th, 2015
Shorebird time!! A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was found on the Green Timbers beach on the 11th. GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen first at the upper end of Beluga Lake on the 10th. A WILSON'S SNIPE was seen and heard on March 27th near Morningstar Rd about 5 miles out East End Rd. Thursday starts the seventh year of our Shorebird Monitoring Project and so we are glad we won't be skunked. And it's not much more than three weeks until the Shorebird Festival!!
In the Greentimbers grassy area on the 11th a flock of about 30 LAPLAND LONGSPURS was seen. There was an earlier report March 23rd of one at Bishop's Beach with a SNOW BUNTING.
Out on Fernwood Rd (~7 miles out East End Rd) there are 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. (Some of us would like to be nearby if one sings!) Mossy reported that there are some at Seaside Farms also in with some WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. They seem to have stuck around her farm through the mellow winter we have had. Reports in February of them out on Fernwood for a while and from March 7th on at Seaside Farms. There have been RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS most of the winter there also. Now many WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS reported and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS.
The previous report told of so many areas where VARIED THRUSH were singing so early! One master birder said the Varied thrush were 4 weeks earlier than ever before, this in his 35 years out Skyline Drive. He thought perhaps all the bare ground might be a causative factor? Chickadees reported singing on March 28 and SONG SPARROWS beginning also.
A SABINE'S GULL was seen in the Jakolof Bay Harbor on April 1st. Not in breeding plumage. No further reports of this bird.
A SPRUCE GROUSE was reported on March 23rd out East Skyline Rd.
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen in the Slough on March 24th and a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen flying along the Homer Bluff.
There was an astounding report of SANDHILL CRANES overhead on March 21st. And then some seen on April 4th flying low NW from Beluga Slough. Also a very early report of geese (species not identified however) on March 17th. TRUMPETER SWANS in Beluga Slough on March 27th and at the upper end of Beluga Lake.
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