KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION: July 1, 2015
Anchor River: On the 1st the following were reported in the area between the campground and the mouth of the river: SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS (2), BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (1), SURFBIRDS (100+), GREATER YELLOWLEGS (15), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (1), BLACK TURNSTONES (80+), SPOTTED SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPERS.
Out in the Bay there were THICK-BILLED MURRES (2) seen in with the thousands of COMMON MURRES out by Gull Island and another one by Glacier Spit today. More KITTLITZ'S MURRELETS are showing up out by Glacier Spit and ALEUTIAN TERNS seen in Mud Bay. Unfortunate report that there may not be much nesting success on Gull Island as there have been 4-5 BALD EAGLES there on a regular basis, also a PEREGRINE FALCON on the 27th. Two COMMON RAVENS were reported to have figured out how to catch and kill BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES; he saw three kittiwakes killed in a short period of time.
Shorebirds are coming back through. On the 27th a group of WHIMBREL (16) and a BLACK TURNSTONE were seen along the beach off of Ocean Drive Loop and YELLOWLEGS were in Beluga Slough and in Mud Bay. Two SANDHILL CRANE pairs have colts in Beluga Slough and at the inlet there are two GREEN-WINGED TEAL females with ducklings. Unfortunately there was another reported incidence of loose dogs in the Slough—this one for an extended period of time with no owner anywhere in sight. At Louie's Lagoon on the 24th there were BLACK TURNSTONES, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, WESTERN SANDPIPERS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and a PEREGRINE FALCON.
An interesting report of a couple WILSON SNIPE chicks with their mom crossing East End Road by Kachemak Drive. After witnessing this heart-stopping drama, she grabbed her camera for a shot of them on the other side of the road. (Photo on Kachemak Bay Birders' Bird website, see link below.)
Every Saturday morning at 8:00 am during the summer at the Wynn Nature Center there is a birding walk led by a naturalist. This is a wonderful time to hear birds as well as see them. Also right now the flowers are fantastic and they have a baby porcupine seen close by. On the 27th the following were seen and/or heard there: WILSON'S SNIPE, VARIED THRUSH, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN ROBIN, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, FOX SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, BOREAL CHICKADEE, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, COMMON REDPOLL, STELLER'S JAY, GRAY JAY. There was a HAWK OWL there in very early June. (FYI: the Wynn Nature Center is at Mile 1.5 East Skyline Dr., contact CACS 235-6667.)
There have been many reports of unusually large flocks of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in many parts of town. Many up on East Skyline Drive, down in town and out East End Rd. Martin Renner said that there might be some RED CROSSBILLS mixed in, which are more common across the Bay but are occasionally seen here. Listening to their call might indicate that is what they were, but be aware the juvenile calls would sound different also. There seems to be more than the usual numbers of COMMON REDPOLLS around now with their young and larger than usual groups of PINE SISKINS--even a flock of 50 reported up on East Skyline on Tuesday.
Several partially leucistic AMERICAN ROBINS reported from various parts of town. Some interesting photos on the Kachemak Bay Birders' website (see link below).
Good places to see SANDHILL CRANES with colts are at the Lighthouse Village Platform and in Beluga Slough. Be sure to report all crane observations, especially colts, to CraneWatch 235-6262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access to bird sightings/rep
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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 email@example.com . 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
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