Friday, November 8, 2013 Peregrine Falcon!

Seward, Alaska

Distracted! That is my only and therefore, best, excuse. Cruising slowly along the Greenbelt beach looking for loons or other suspects of interest, I saw an enormous black cloud of NW CROWS, between 250 and 300 or more, flying up against the blue sky and white shoulder of Mt Benson in the distance. I had no idea there were so many crows here.

But, I also saw a raptor-type bird flying almost directly overhead. I leaned out the car window and clicked off a few images of the raptor, then grabbed some images of the crow spectacle before they all settled back to earth.

I didn't realize what I had until I got home hours later to check my photos.
A PEREGRINE FALCON!!! You can bet I'll be looking for this treasure tomorrow!

In other news:
I refound the TRUMPETER SWAN at the Mile 1 Nash Road wetlands, pulling up vegetation from the still liquid pond.

The SWAINSON'S THRUSH eluded me, but it was delightful to watch the friendly PINE GROSBEAKS, including several red males, gobble down the Mt Ash berries. I heard, but did not locate the BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS.

As for the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, there has been no sign of them since October 27, before the flood. I wish them a swift journey to the land of free-flowing sap.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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