Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 8-11-15

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Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 8-11-15

Postby lani » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:19 am

Sandhill Crane Count Days: The Cranewatch folks would like people to volunteer to count cranes seen on the following dates: Aug. 27th, Sept. 2nd and Sept. 8th between the hours of 6:00 am and 11:00 pm. To submit a report, email reports@cranewatch.org or call and leave a message at 235-6262. For more information, contact Nina Faust 235-6262. Information needed for each day: Number of cranes: number of adults, number of colts, and the number of cranes with attached transmitters. Date and time and location.
On the 5th THICK-BILLED MURRES (2) were found dead near the end of the Spit on the west side. (Many murres and other species have been washing up and biologists were collecting some specimens to be analyzed to determine the cause.)

On the Spit near Honey's Place (first house, just past Mud Bay driving out) there were juv. HUDSONIAN GODWITS (3) reported on July 29th. They were in the water and “swimming like waterfowl”, quite an unusual observation. Groups of small shorebirds have been seen for many weeks in Mud Bay and Louie's Lagoon and Green Timbers. CASPIAN TERNS were seen again on July 27th out on the Spit. At that time SOOTY SHEARWATER were reported in large numbers, some seen on the beach even. Near Land's End there have been recent reports of WANDERING TATTLERS, BLACK TURNSTONES, YELLOWLEGS sp. , and possible BONAPARTE'S GULL.

I have received so many reports of hummingbirds from all over—from in town and outlying areas! More reports than any previous year for 13 years, possibly ten times as many reports and maybe even higher than that. Amazing!

The family of MERLIN that nested on Hohe St. up by the Hospital is all fledged but still in that neighborhood.

The mouth of the Anchor River is such a fantastic birding area! (Yes, that's been said before.) Between July 14-21st the following were seen there, numbers included to show magnitude: SOOTY SHEARWATER (1000), SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER, FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL, SURFBIRDS (200), BLACK TURNSTONES (1000), RUDDY TURNSTONES (2), ROCK SANDPIPERS, WHIMBREL (50), WESTERN SANDPIPERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS, DOWITCHER sp., MARBLED MURRELETS (400), KITTLITZ'S MURRELET, PIGEON GUILLIMOT, COMMON and PACIFIC LOONS (30 or more each), ARCTIC TERN, BELTED KINGFISHER, RED CROSSBILLS (20), BANK and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS, and reported 7 species of sparrows. Most of these were reported by Laura and Toby Burke and family who found 63 species there on July 14th!

In AKBirding on August 5th there was an excellent story by Carol Griswold from Seward, “Raven Rescue”. Drama, action and an interesting and happy ending. Those corvids!

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 peep@islandsandocean.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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