Monday, January 2, 2012 Fox Sparrow and solo Gray-crown Rosy-finch

Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report

Sunrise 10:00 am, sunset 4:02 pm, length of day 6 hours, 2 minutes; tomorrow will be 2 minutes and 10 seconds longer.

Weather: 8ยบ, clear and cold, north wind subdued to 12 mph. Partly cloudy with scattered snow showers in the forecast.

Sunrise may officially be 10 am, but the sun did not actually show its welcome face until 10:42, igniting the snowy landscape and sparking brilliant long blue shadows. The sky constantly changed hues from pink to pale yellow, through a graduated sequence of tints, tones, and shades of blues, then slowly deepened to twilight lavenders. At 4:20 pm the Evening Star Venus chased the sun over the western mountains and Jupiter appeared below the growing half moon suspended high in the sky.

PINE GROSBEAKS sang the sun awake, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS chirred softly from their secret roost. A visit to Ava's added a few new species to 2012: DOWNY and HAIRY WOODPECKERS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, REDPOLLS, and PINE SISKENS plus dozens of PINE GROSBEAKS and her usual feeder birds. The interior red FOX SPARROW sat in a tree by a town feeder, its rufous tail almost glowing in the sun. A ROBIN dashed across the road. Two VARIED THRUSHES scrabbled under low spruce boughs.

Just after sundown at Fourth of July beach, a single GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH suddenly landed on a nearby bent-over beach rye seed head. It seemed unwilling to land on the snow and gripped the stalk tightly, reaching awkwardly to harvest the fallen seeds. Finally it gave up and hopped around, deftly working the precious seeds out of their papery wrappers. I was very surprised to see it "in the wild" away from the town feeder, and even more surprised to find only one of this species usually found in a flock.

Robin C found 28 species yesterday, a great start for the New Year.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

No comments:

Post a Comment