KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION LINE
May 9, 2013
The Shorebird Festival starts today! The following list by area indicate birds seen in the last two days.
Anchor River: The evening of the 8th there were 3 WILLETS seen flying north. This observation was made during Shorebird Monitoring and several people saw them. This is a very rare bird here, not even on our Checklist of Birds of Kachemak Bay, although last year there were some seen near the Kenai River I was told. Also at the Anchor River were SURFBIRD (8th report that it was singing, not just flight call!), YELLOW WARBLER near campground area, FOS warbler! BLACK TURNSTONE (1), LEAST SANDPIPER (1), DUNLIN, WHIMBREL (48 seen on the 3rd), PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (37 seen on the 5th). NORTHERN KINGFISHER, AMERICAN PIITS, EURASIAN WIGEON, GLAUCOUS GULLS, HERRING GULLS.
Mud Bay: BAR-TAILED GODWIT (1), MARBLED GODWIT (3), AND PEREGRIN FALCON seen on the 6th. More recently, WESTERN SANDPIPERS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVERS, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, WHIMBREL, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, LEAST SANDPIPERS, DUNLIN.
Mariner Park Lagoon: TRUMPETER SWANS, no nesting Cranes (yet); possible connection ??
Mariner Beach: RUDDY TURNSTONE, WHIMBREL, SURFBIRDS (40).
Louie's Lagoon/Green Timbers: WHIMBREL, DUNLIN, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, BRANT (31), RUDDY TURNSTONE seen on the 5th.
Barge Basin: YELLOW-BILLED LOON, COMMON LOON.
Harbor: SURFBIRDS on the jetty, WANDERING TATTLER by the Harbor, MERLIN.
Out in the Bay/Cohen Is., etc.: SURFBIRDS, BLACK OYSTERCATCHER, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, MARBLED and KITTLITZ'S MURRETLETS.
Beluga Slough: WHIMBREL, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN, DOWITCHER sp., SANDHILL CRANES, far fewer numbers of geese --GREATER WHITE-FRONTED, CACKLING/CANADA. AMERICAN PIPITS in the area just below Beluga Lodge. There was another sighting on the 8th of the COMMON (or EURASIAN) TEAL in Beluga Slough. Note: this is a subspecies of the GREEN-WINGED TEAL, not a species itself, as previously reported.
Downtown Homer: RED CROSSBILLS seen on the Calhoon Trail on the 3rd and on Mainstreet. Previously seen out Skyline Rd.
Please report Sandhill Crane sightings to Kachemak Crane Watch at 235-6262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BIRD!! And a Great Time for a Shorebird Festival, too!!