On a beautiful, cold, and sunny afternoon (18 NOVEMBER 2017) – 11 hardy souls joined Michael Craig for a couple of hours birding on the Homer Spit. A total of 29 birds were observed, including a large flock of roosting Rock Sandpipers along the Boat Harbor. Always so much fun to watch these shorebirds from such a close distance. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO BIRD

Birds Observed

Song Sparrow
Rock Pigeon/Dove
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Bald Eagle (Homer Buzzard)
Black Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Suft Scoter
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Herring Gull
Mew Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Glaucous Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Loon
Red-throated Loon
Belted Kingfisher
Marbled Murrelet
Kittletz Murrelet
Rock Sandpiper
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Pigeon Guillemot
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck

There will no December Saturday field trip due to the Christmas Bird Count, scheduled for December 16, 2017. Our January field trip will be at the Anchor Point Beach on January 13th. Meet at the boat launch parking lot at 11:30 am or IOVC at 10:45 am. Leader is Michael Craig. Be sure and join us. See the Kachemak Bay Birder’s website for more details:

Leader Michael Craig (with binoculars up) and other participants checking out the birds at the fishing lagoon on the Homer Spit
This male Belted Kingfisher was looking for its next meal at Boat Harbor
This was only a “small” portion of the Rock Sandpipers roosting (and bathing) at the Boat Harbor
Rock Sandpiper