Thursday, May 31, 2012 Great Egret!

Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report

On my way to Anchorage to catch the plane to the Yakutat Aleutian Tern Festival, I stopped at Mile 81 to look for the GREAT EGRET. I pulled into the parking lot just before 11:30 am to find several other vehicles and birders all set up with rain gear and scopes. I grabbed my raincoat, camera and binoculars and hustled over to see an amazing sight.

The GREAT EGRET was flying in! It landed in the green wetlands right in front to everyone's delight and stood like a white ghost, peering this way and that. In a few minutes it was off again, a white anomaly against the snowy mountains. We watched as it flapped its angel wings, gained altitude and flew in an enormous arc first south then back over Turnagain Arm to the west and north. Finally, the mysterious bird speck blended with the misty clouds and disappeared. We all waited to see if it would come back, without success. Who knows where it went, why it flew to Alaska, or where it might show up again. Just another magical moment for birders!

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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