Friday, April 26, 2013 Ducks, Terns, Eagles, Gulls

Seward Alaska Sporadic Bird Report

Much quieter today; no Swans or Cranes. Chilly NNW wind continued. Beautiful lenticular white clouds sailed off mountain tops, creating lovely, unusual patterns against the blue sky.

Lowell Point Beach had only one bird, a RED-NECKED GREBE in breeding plumage. A pair of MARBLED MURRELETS bobbed in the waves and dove along Lowell Point Road. A nice flock of BARROW'S GOLDENEYES bathed in Lowell Creek while the gulls were elsewhere.

Two pairs of AMERICAN WIGEON dabbled close to shore in the Scheffler Creek area. The drake's handsome green crown swash ignited in the sun, very flashy. Two pairs of GADWALL swam nearby.

An adult BLACK SCOTER drake joined the first winter male, a pair of BARROW'S GOLDENEYES, a male SURF SCOTER, and a few HARLEQUINS just a short ways offshore. A cloud of GULLS swarmed the seafood processor's ground-up fish feeder by the buoys.

Five ARCTIC TERNS whizzed around the tidelands, performing aerial ballet at top speed.  Three NW CROWS patrolled the beach, alternating with 5 RAVENS. A juvenile BALD EAGLE stood quite still in the beach rye grass, hidden like a tiger. Unfortunately, I did not see it in time to turn away, and it flew off, only to be harassed by an adult MEW GULL. Maybe it sought peace from the aggressive gulls by concealing itself in the grass.

Only two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE seen. Reports of SNOW GEESE in area, but did not see them. NORTHERN PINTAIL, GADWALL, MALLARD, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and SHOVELER numbers seem to be increasing. One WILSON'S SNIPE flew up from the wetlands.

The snow and ice continued to sublimate and melt, exposing more and more ground and open water, a welcome sight for the incoming visitors. Snow is in the forecast, but IT CAN'T LAST.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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