Thursday, February 28, 2013 Siberian Accentor

Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report

Yesterday's rain turned into several inches of snow overnight. The birds continue to eat ravenously at feeders; the seed level drops visibly in a short time.

I was lucky to refind the SIBERIAN ACCENTOR today. It hopped over to the feeder and cleared a little space around itself in the melee of COMMON REDPOLLS and PINE SISKINS. I watched it pick up a piece of cracked corn and work at it. After turning it around in its beak, it finally dropped it on the snow, looked at it again, picked it up, and then flew off. I think cracked corn is not its favorite food, but sunflower seeds are impossible to open.

A female VARIED THRUSH hopped over; what bright golden feet and legs she has! I left when the STELLER'S JAY moved in as he dines alone.

Any birder who plans to come to Seward might want to bring a big bag of mixed wild bird seed to share. All the Seward stores are out. Thanks!

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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