KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION: November 20, 2015
An EMPEROR GOOSE was seen on the 4th in the Harbor and seen a few days after that.
A CASSIN'S FINCH was reported a little way past Anchor Point on the 9th along with BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and some EUROPEAN STARLINGS (4). This was behind the Timberline Gift Shop.
Other sightings of EUROPEAN STARLINGS in town on the 17th there were 15 seen on Pioneer St. and Woodside (near the Sterling Highway). And 22 were seen flying over Lake Street on the 14th. Some even at Seaside Farm. Occasionally a few are seen; these are the largest numbers I remember hearing about here. Mild winters and this is what we get? Other sightings?
On the 19th a GREAT BLUE HERON was seen in Beluga Slough at the outlet of the lake. On the 15th one was seen flying toward the spit from the north and on the 14th one was seen at the lakes below Baycrest Hill.
On the 9th BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were reported in town but there have been no further reports of them in Homer, unfortunately.
On the 8th RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (35) were eating spruce cones on the highway side of the animal shelter, mixed in with some NORTHWESTERN CROWS. Out on the Bay on the 8th, a THICK-BILLED MURRE, MARBLED MURRELETS(4), PIGEON GUILLEMOTS were seen.
On the 4th Jason Sodergren, who does owl banding up off of West Hill Rd., caught a WESTERN SCREECH OWL in his net. The first one he's ever caught. The Checklist of Birds of Kachemak Bay does have at least one sighting in summer and lists them as Accidental. (It would be interesting to hear the story about the previous sighting, when it was, etc.)
The end of October was flush with fantastic birds, especially warblers in our area. On the 24th a TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were seen out in the Portlock/Fernwood Rd area out East End Rd.! And on the 27th a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in that area also. Such wonderful bird habitat out there and many birders with sharp eyes. (Neither the Tennessee or Nashville Warbler is on our Checklist of Birds of Kachemak Bay.)
On the 27th a CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE was seen at a feeder up on Diamond Ridge along with...both BLACK-CAPPED and BOREAL CHICKADEES. (Time to have had a camera handy for a great photo of all three!)
On Oct. 26th Toby and Laura Burke and family visited Homer, birded from sunup to sundown and bagged 64 species! Including TRUMPETER SWANS (5), EURASIAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER, THICK-BILLED MURRE, GREAT BLUE HERON, SOOTY and SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, DUNLIN, WILSON'S SNIPE, AMERICAN ROBIN and so many others. Amazing!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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