KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION: February 4, 2016
The Great Backyard Bird Count is from February 12-15th. Check out the website to get started and learn how to report what you find, http://gbbc.birdcount.org/get-started/ . This is citizen science at it's best: going birding!
A BRAMBLING has been visiting a feeder up on Baycrest Hill since the end of December. It appears almost daily, last seen on Feb. 2nd. Many AMERICAN ROBINS and a NORTHERN SHRIKE reported in that area also.
There were 30 EUROPEAN STARLINGS reported across from McDonald's on the last day in January. Slightly smaller groups (20 or so) have been reported recently but 30 is the largest group so far. Through the last twelve years or so there have been sporadic reports of 6-10 occasionally; this year seems like a significant increase...unfortunately.
A female NORTHERN FLICKER came to a feeder on Kachemak Drive a few times on about January 27-28th but has not been seen recently. This birder's suet feeder was fitted with a squirrel- and larger bird- (read that: magpie) deflection device and the flicker apparently had difficulty feeding. I contacted a few others with feeders in the area but there were no other sightings. Flickers are seen nearly every year along that stretch of Kachemak Drive, across from Lampert Lake and a bit to the east and one year apparently a pair had nested in there somewhere.
Large flocks of ROCK SANDPIPERS are seen nearly every day just east of Miller's Landing. There has been no count of large numbers resting in the Harbor or elsewhere or that was reported anyway. The sandpipers have stayed right around here this year (so far).
There have been some reports of sightings of the interior subspecies of the GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCH. This subspecies (Leucosticte tephrocotis tephrocotis) is 20% smaller than our usual “coastal” subspecies (L.T. littoralis) and they have brown cheeks. A photo taken by Gary Lyon is posted on the Kachemak Bay Birders' website.
During the recent 7.1 earthquake on January 24th, a woman who had rushed outside reported hearing several birds making noise during the earthquake and for a short time afterward (not singing but alarm noises). Someone told me that several years ago in the pitch dark, several pheasants began making a huge amount of noise for an extended period of time. As this person was processing this unusual happening, an earthquake began! The pheasants knew ahead of time what was going to happen or possibly there was minor shaking beforehand?
The die-off of COMMON MURRES continues although possibly somewhat lessened recently or possibly wind patterns changing. A MARBLED MURRELET was also found on the Mud Bay beach. There is interest in any other alcids besides Common Murres that are found on the beach and please let us know about them.
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 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
Let us know if you want to receive a copy of these reports by email.
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