Sunday, November 20, 2011 Redwing update

Seward, Alaska

For the sixth day in a row, the mere sighting of the Seward REDWING has given joy to every visiting birder, and a life bird for most. Scott and I heard its short flight call today as it sailed over the roofs and back. It seemed non-musical and dry, and perhaps on two or more pitches. It will be interesting to try to hear it again as my sound memory is fleeting.

Despite being thousands of miles away from home and all alone, this adventurer has figured out how to survive in a foreign land in the dead of winter. At least for now, it enjoys the Mt Ash berries by the fence, industriously flips the seaweed for protein-rich invertebrates delivered twice daily by the tide, and sips fresh water from a icy seep next to the cliff at the end of the beach. The spruce trees provide a safe roost for the night. It's all good!

Last night's snowfall covered most of the Mt Ash berries blown to the ground. It would be wonderful if visitors could bring Mt Ash berries when they come. Just scoop up the loose clusters and single berries and put them in a 5-gallon bucket or plastic bag. I'd be happy to transfer them to my bucket and distribute them as needed to help keep the bird here.

Overcast skies today brought the temperature up to the low 20s and the north wind moderated to around 15 mph with occasional gusts to 26. A blizzard watch is in effect from late Monday through Tuesday afternoon, so it's best not to travel until that blows through. Who knows? Maybe it will bring something else!

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter  

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