KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION: December 17, 2015
Just a few days until the Christmas Bird Count here next Saturday! Some interesting species around and just hope they will stick it out to still be with us on the 19th. We are in the official “Count Week” and have so far an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD, CEDAR WAXWING, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE in case no one can find them on Saturday. Someone also found a beached (dead) ANCIENT MURRELET yesterday but Dave Erikson says that the birds must be alive to be counted. (This one was fresh, but not alive.)
If you're in town and would like to participate in our CBC, we start at 8:30 am at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center with coffee/tea and some breakfast goodies to form teams, etc. Call Dave Erikson for more information, 235-3487.
A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen on the Harbor Jetty on the 14th. Attempts to refind it have failed but many will give it their best in the next few days. Then an all-out APB for Saturday!
A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen about a mile north of the Blackwater Coffee shop north of Anchor Pt. It was up on a wire close to the river there by the road, a place where they are frequently seen in summer.
Large group of ROCK SANDPIPERS (~1000) was seen on the 16th east of Miller's Landing. On Nov. 24th Gary Lyon was able to count 1400 of them as they were stretched out along the shore on the east side of the Spit and were busily feeding and not flying here and there as they often do. So that would have been a reliable count for that day.
SNOW BUNTINGS out on the Spit seen in various locations out there, seen on the 11th and 14th. BROWN CREEPERS (2) and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS by the parking lot at the base of the Spit on the 16th .
In town on the 16th many AMERICAN ROBINS and PINE SISKINS, also NORTHERN SHRIKE, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. On the 11th: AMERICAN ROBINS (60), BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS (12), a VARIED THRUSH, COMMON REDPOLLS.
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS (4) seen behind the Photo Depot on Lake St. on the 4th.
EUROPEAN STARLINGS have been seen around town since Nov. 10th. Groups of up to 22 or so. More reported than in any previous year since 2002. Also largest groups reported up in Kenai this year. Please let us know if you see any?
East Skyline Rd., AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER on the 9th. CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES at a feeder on the 15th. On the 7th in that area, a CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE was seen and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, PINE SISKIN, PINE GROSSBEAKS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, COMMON REDPOLL, NORTHERN SHRIKE.
Earlier exciting species: EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL seen by Dale Chorman on Nov. 27th (Fernwood) and a SNOW GOOSE out on the spit on Nov. 27th. At Arron Lang's place (Portlock/Fernwood area out East End Rd): WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S, GOLDEN-CROWNED and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS. Mossy also had a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, CEDAR WAXWING ON THE 28th . RED CROSSBILLS seen on Mountainview on the 27th
Access to bird sightings/rep
Check the SIGHTINGS BOARD on the Kachemak Bay Birders' website for new postings: viewforum.php?f=2
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
Let us know if you want to receive a copy of these reports by email.
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