The Kachemak Bay Birders' trip to Seldovia on Wednesday was a resounding success: great birds, an interesting new area to explore, good weather and wonderful planning meant we saw as much as we could in the four hours we were there.
Big thanks to Cindy Mom (owner of the Seldovia Nature Tours) for knowing where all the birds were, guiding us in Seldovia and making our trip a huge success! Another big thanks to Louise Ashmun who organized the logistics of getting over there and making sure the details were taken care of.
We took the ferry over and got there just before noon. Since it was nesting and fledging time for many birds, Cindy showed us the nesting locations of several species, and we observed fledglings of many species in many areas interacting with their parents to get food.
Many of us who have had only limited interaction with CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES were thrilled to spend time under a huge tree with some families, possibly 8 or more of them moving about and calling. We stayed there for a nice long time getting great views of them and much enjoyment from watching their movements. They have a far different call from "our" Black-capped or Boreal Chickadees, and are very beautiful birds also.
At the school we got to watch a MERLIN chase off a BALD EAGLE, presumably the merlin was defending his nest. Many repeated tries and much drama! Happy to report that the merlin won--the eagle left! This photo taken by George Harbeson shows the eagle's ragged wing feathers and clearly shows the HUGE size difference in these two birds.
Another area we especially enjoyed was the RV park (where, by the way, there were no RVS). This forested area is up on a bluff over the water and from there we got to watch many PIGEON GUILLEMOTS feeding and taking fish to their nests a little farther down in a rocky area. HARLEQUIN DUCKS there also in the water and many interesting birds in the forest. Such a beautiful area.
What we saw and where:
On the trip over/back on the ferry:
in the RV Park
at the school
Absolutely, it was A Great Day to Bird!!
Bird sightings and reports from around the Kachemak Bay area in Alaska
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