KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION: October 23, 2015
Some interesting birds showing up here in the Homer area! Some others here in large numbers and yet other species being seen in many different part of town and surrounding areas.
On the 22nd a TENNESSEE WARBLER was been seen (and photographed) several times in the Portlock Drive area out East End Rd. Also a CHIPPING SPARROW was reported on the 21st in that area and a couple ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDS. Wonderful birding out there!!
ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDS were also seen in the Winding Trails area above the Kachemak Community Center and a few other locations on East End Rd closer to town and several other areas in the other direction. It was asked “How many Anna's are there in Homer?” No answer to that question has been forthcoming however.
And another species, PACIFIC WREN has also been reported in many locations in town, outside of town and even reports from Anchorage and Kenai which means it's not just us. Irruptive species are those that move from their usual area because of low food availability. However, Martin Renner said that instead, it might be they had a good breeding season after a good winter. He said generally wrens don't move much geographically. But then Pacifics were recently split from the Winter Wren so little hard data is available yet for the Pacifics. So might possibly be an irruption after all.
Two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen in Beluga Lake on the 22nd. A group of 8 swans was seen flying over the base of the spit on the 18th, species not certain.
A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen in Beluga Slough on the 15th.
On the 18th FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL (1) was seen close in off Land's End. COMMON REDPOLLS by the Coast Guard Hickory dock, LAPLAND LONGSPURS and AMERICAN PIPITS along the spit bike path. And at Bishop's Beach there were SOOTY SHEARWATERS (500) calling, “like a rubber duckie” it was said. (I listened to a recording and they do sound like that.)
Huge numbers of SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATERS were seen in a bad wind storm on the 12th in outer Kachemak Bay. Estimates of 5000 to 10,000!
On the 16th there was a RED-THROATED LOON seen out on the water from Ocean Loop Drive. Not many around, or at least not any reported.
Seaside Farms reported PACIFIC WRENS (3), RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS (3), WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS (13), BROWN CREEPER, DARK-EYED JUNCO, SONG SPARROW, COMMON REDPOLL, DOWNY WOODPECKER, RING-NECKED PHEASANT. This was the 12th
Jason Sodergren is banding Northern Saw-whet and Boreal Owls again this year in the West Hill area. As of the 19th he had banded 174 Northern Saw-whets and 3 Boreals.
NORTHERN SHRIKES have been reported in many areas including the top of McLay Rd., Miller's Landing, out East End Rd., and near Beluga Slough.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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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