It Was an Extraordinary Day To Bird!
That's (almost) our motto and for sure it was out on the spit today!
About 16 Kachemak Bay Birders went out on the spit this afternoon--barely windy and not too cold until the end. Many great birds were found. We birded at Mud Bay, Mariner Park, between the Land's End condos and hotel, at the Ferry Dock, by the Harbor and Deep Water Dock, at the Fishing Hole, etc.
Good to see the juv. EURASIAN WIGEON in Mud Bay to start off, the oranger head and yellow coloration on top were tip offs. SOOTY SHEARWATERS were exciting! We enjoyed some groups of ROCK SANDPIPERS in a couple locations. Estimate that we saw about 600 altogether. We looked to see if there might be some DUNLIN in the group, but none were found. We got good, long looks at the HARLEQUIN DUCKS and BUFFLEHEAD--so beautiful! And SONG SPARROWS in several places were friendly and talkative.
Some humpback whales were seen, though far out on the bay. At least two and maybe three.
A big thanks to Jim Herbert for leading our trip and for his good strategies and timing.
Species we found:
COMMON LOON, PACIFIC LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, HORNED GREBE, SOOTY SHEARWATER, PELAGIC CORMORANT, EURASIAN WIGEON, AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARD, BLACK SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDEN-EYES, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, MEW GULL, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, HERRING GULL, HERRING GULL x GLAUCOUS WINGED GULL HYBRID, MARBLED MURRELETT, COMMON MURRE, PIGEON GUILLIMOT, ROCK SANDPIPER, BALD EAGLE, ROCK PIGEON, NORTHWESTERN CROW, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, SONG SPARROW. (If I missed one, please let me know.)
We tried but didn't see any scaup or SURF SCOTERS. And we'd hoped maybe the GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES had arrived but none have been seen yet.
Bird sightings and reports from around the Kachemak Bay area in Alaska
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