April 23, 2013 Snow Geese

Seward Alaska Sporadic Bird Report

It's amazing to see wild SNOW GEESE foraging along the Seward Highway across from Potter Marsh south of Anchorage, just inches from speeding traffic. Scattered like round snowballs, in groups of 4 to flocks of 50, they worked their way along the roadside ditch at the edge of the melting snow. Passing cars and trucks did not seem to bother them, but double semi-trucks, with their strong draft and splash, caused temporary alertness and alarm, then they quickly resumed feeding. They are ravenous!

Potter Marsh is still mostly frozen, but every day should bring more melting and exposure to food for these and other hungry migrants.

A flock of SNOW GEESE landed in Seward today as well. Tasha, Sadie, and Sean reported 68 Tuesday evening, as well as 5 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 62 SANDHILL CRANES, 1 LAPLAND LONGSPURE, 1 GREATER YELLOW-LEGS, and 1 WILSON'S SNIPE.

No sign of the Bramblings since April 18th. The Siskin and Redpoll numbers are down to a handful. It's time to bring in the seed feeders and put up the hummer feeders.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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