KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION LINE
May 25, 2011
Out on the Bay: at Gull Island there was a report of a (probable) BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE with reddish legs. Photos were taken. (Red-legged Kittiwakes do not occur here and Sibley says that very occasionally a Black-legged Kittiwake will have orange-red legs in their first year. Red-legged Kittiwakes leg color is described as “red” or “coral red”. One would hope for excellent lighting to make the distinction and there are other distinguishing marks which hopefully the photo will show.)
A positive identification by ear of a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD heard from the Lighthouse Platform on the 23rd.
A few RED-NECKED PHALAROPES remain in the Bay. There is a nesting pair of BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS on Cohen Island.
Mud Bay down to Louie’s Lagoon: On the 23rd a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE seen, not the usual place to find them. Very small numbers of shorebirds still passing through; a few interesting species but just a few of each: WHIMBRELS (at Green Timbers), BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, DUNLIN, DOWITCHERS (sp?), LEAST and WESTERN SANDPIPERS, WANDERING TATTLER, SURFBIRDS (latter two species on the Harbor Jetty). The largest numbers were SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS found in many places, and most are nesting instead of passing through. On the 20th HUDSONIAN GODWIT, WHIMBREL, the only SANDERLINGS (8) seen all year, SURFBIRDS and WANDERING TATTLERS. Also seen flying over on the 23rd were ARCTIC and ALEUTIAN TERNS and a few BONAPARTE’S GULLS. Groups of 10-30 BRANT have been reported throughout this time.
Fritz Creek: HERMIT THRUSH, TOWNSEND’S WARBLER, STELLER’S JAY, VARIED THRUSH, AMER ICAN ROBINS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET , YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.
Anchor Point: RUFUS HUMMING BIRD (on the 24th), OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (23rd), YELLOW WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, HERMIT THRUSH, LINCOLN SPARROW, WILSON’S SNIPE, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS.
If you see or hear SANDHILL CRANES, please report them along with any specific information about the sighting to the Crane Watch: 235-6262 or email@example.com
We encourage you to report the sighting of any bird that you find interesting. To report a bird sighting leave the name of the bird or its description, the date, the location, and your name with a way to contact you to discuss the observation if necessary. Thanks for calling the Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information Line and HAPPY BIRDING!
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