KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION: January 7, 2016
The Homer Christmas Bird Count was held on December 19th. It was a great but short day and many interesting finds were made. Most notable were the RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD and ANCIENT MURRELET; none of these had been found on any previous CBC. A total of 66 species were seen that day and 9 additional species for Count Week. Exciting finds were GREAT BLUE HERON, CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Thanks to the many people who participated and a big thanks to Dave Erikson for his 39th year to coordinate this event! And thanks to the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge for the use of their space for this event. A full report with species and numbers is on the home page our website, http://kachemakbaybirders.org/ .
A very somber report concerns the die-off of thousands of COMMON MURRES in Kachemak Bay and up to the north. The birds are emaciated but why this is happening, biologists do not know at this time. So far only Common Murres have been effected with just a few other alcids.
On the 6th a female KING EIDER was spotted on the east side out from the Fishing Lagoon. And a REDHEAD was seen in Beluga Slough (from the east end).
Out east of town on Portlock Rd on the 6th: ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, LINCOLN SPARROW and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.
The RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER up on Spencer Rd. was seen on the 1st. No later reports but it may well still be there. Please let us know if someone sees it again?
On December 31st CRESTED AUKLETS were seen out on the Spit and one dead one was found and sent to the FWS lab for analysis. Also BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen and STELLER'S EIDERS east of the spit from Louie's Lagoon. Also a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT and YELLOW-BILLED LOON were seen. (Not very many Yellow-billed Loons reported this year.)
On the 28th 10 EUROPEAN STARLINGS were seen at Islands and Ocean (22 were seen on the 14th in town but fortunately “only” 6 found on the CBC).
A huge number of COMMON MERGANZERS—800 of them—were seen to the east from the Fishing Hole on the 21st. No one remembers ever seeing that many together before. Out by Miller's Landing occasionally 50-75 can be seen, but never more than even 100 have been previouslly reported.
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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