KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION: April 4, 2016
Signs of spring, or as we birders call it, “FOS”. WILSON'S SNIPE have been heard for over a week up above Spencer Rd, a few miles east of town and reports of VARIED THRUSH singing up West Hill Rd. LAPLAND LONGSPURS out at Green timbers on the 29th, up to 20-30 of them reported there in the grassy areas. CANADA GEESE(10) were seen on the 3rd. (Check them out on our website Sightings Board.)
A pair of TRUMPETER SWANS was first reported on February 15th. They can often be seen from the Airport Observation Platform on the FAA Rd. or in other parts of the Lake or Slough. On April 3rd there were several (probable Trumpeters) seen at Miller's Landing in the water with the MALLARDS and gulls, they're almost never seen there! (Photo on our website Sightings Board.)
Recent sightings in Beluga Lake: COMMON GOLDENEYES, BUFFLEHEAD, GREATER SCAUP. Beluga Slough: EURASIAN WIGEONS, AMERICAN WIGEON, COMMON MERGANSER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, MALLARD.
Out in the Bay: COMMON LOON, PACIFIC LOON, PELAGIC CORMORANT, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, LONG-TAILED DUCK, MARBLED MURRELET, COMMON MURRE, BLACK SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, SURF SCOTER, HORNED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE.
A very probable HARLAN'S HAWK (Red-tailed Hawk) was seen out over Skyline Rd. on the 31st.
There were 3 SANDHILL CRANES seen on the March 31st over town but Nina Faust says she doesn't know where the few (maybe half dozen or so) early arrivals are hanging out and so any crane reports would be very welcome! Send crane reports to email@example.com or call 235-6262. For information about the Kachemak Crane Watch A Project of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies firstname.lastname@example.org. The first sighting was on March 9th there was a report of 3 cranes flying over the Beluga Lake/Slough area. There are occasionally reports of some flying high and probably heading north as early as the first week of April and reports of local cranes usually start coming in mid-April. Please report any cranes you see!!
The ANNA'S HUMMING BIRD on Portlock Rd. has not been seen for a couple weeks.
The die-off of COMMON MURRES is greatly lessened although many old carcasses still on the beach. George Matz's class field trip went to Gull Island and he said, “There were a few small flocks of Common Murres on the water next to the island. In past years, there would be a couple of thousand. But with the total failure of last years nesting, followed by an extensive die-off all summer and fall, we were surprised there were any left. What was interesting is that the murres near the island were in or close to breeding plumage, unlike the murres near the harbor and Spit.”
He also said, “Given the uncertain condition of murres in Kachemak Bay (and probably all of Cook Inlet) I would like to suggest that those getting out on the Bay near Gull Island make a special effort to record observations of their return to Gull Island. The more observations the better. While we probably can't expect thousands of murres nesting on Gull Island, as there has been in the past, some murres have returned. Their flame has not been extinguished. They have not been extirpated. Here's hope to their recovery.” And we should increase observations/reports of their nesting efforts through the season.
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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