It was a cold, blustery day on Saturday, but a dozen Kachemak Bay Birders braved the winds and rain out on the spit and found a ton of great birds!
The flock of ROCK SANDPIPERS in the boat harbor was huge! Estimated at about 2000, but folks took photos and are possibly refining that estimate. Good number of DUNLIN (39) with the group. Interesting find of a subspecies of GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH: one of them was the Interior Race. The gray on their head barely comes to the eye, whereas on the Coastal/Hepburn's, the gray continues down to their shoulders. Good to see the SNOW BUNTINGS also. By the end of the trip, hundreds of MALLARDS had appeared in Mud Bay.
Species they found:
COMMON LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, PELAGIC CORMORANT, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON MERGANZER, RED-BREASTED MERGANZER, BUFFLEHEAD, LONG-TAILED DUCK, GREATER SCAUP, MALLARD (600), BLACK SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, MEW GULL, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, HERRING x GLAUCOUS-WINGED hybrid, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, MARBLED MURRELET, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, COMMON MURRE, ROCK SANDPIPERS (2000), DUNLIN (39), BALD EAGLE, ROCK PIGEON, NORTHWESTERN CROW, SNOW BUNTING (20), GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH (106, one of which was the Interior Subspecies), SONG SPARROW.
A big thanks to the trip leader, Jim Herbert. It was a Great Day to Bird! Homer birders know this has more to do with the birds than the weather.
Let me know if I missed anything?
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