Trip to the Anchor River: 4-14-19

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lani
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Trip to the Anchor River: 4-14-19

Postby lani » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:14 pm

Kachemak Bay Birders had a fantastic trip to the Anchor River today! Great weather with rain and snow totally missing us. Highlight was a PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER that flew overhead and then landed on the beach nearby. Gorgeous golden head and body in the sunlight. Shorebird!! The BARROW'S GOLDENEYES and COMMON MERGANZERS were beautiful to see and of course the LAPLAND LONGSPURS that some got to see.

Plus, we also enjoyed watching a whale as it progressed. Out quite a ways and no firm consensus on what whale it was.

A big thank you to Michael Craig for leading this trip. Today was indeed A Great Day To Bird!

Species we saw:
PACIFIC LOON
RED-THROATED LOON
COMMON LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
HORNED GREBE
PELAGIC CORMORANT
HARLEQUIN DUCK
LONG-TAILED DUCK
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
COMMON MERGANZER
MALLARD
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
SURF SCOTER
BLACK SCOTER
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
MEW GULL
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL
MARBLED MURRELET
PIGEON GUILLIMOT
PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER
BALD EAGLE
NORTHWESTERN CROW
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

On the way home a few of us stopped at the bridge a couple miles in on the North Fork Road to see if the AMERICAN DIPPER was there. The pair is there making a nest under the bridge. Interesting also to watch one dipper take a long bath. Seems like a bird that spends lots of time under water getting food, might not really need much of a bath? But apparently it did. Fun to watch! Look forward to a trip there in June with warblers that will be there by then.
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