Thursday, November 14, 2013 Magical Twilight

Seward, Alaska

It wasn't that late, but the sun does not linger in November. I shot out to Lowell Point beach at 4 pm just in time to watch the clouds in the western sky transition from white to an ever-deepening pink, and the bay blush in concert.

As twilight stole in, a GREAT BLUE HERON winged majestically from the Point across the bay, heading towards Tonsina or even farther south, perhaps to a favorite roost in a spruce for the night. MEW and GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS scrabbled and squawked over the last bait ball of the day. A COMMON LOON surfaced quietly and floated calmly, suspended in the rosy interface between the sea and the sky. 

As the night sky deepened to indigo, I watched the almost full moon rise unheralded between the snowy mountain peaks across the bay. The GREAT BLUE HERON returned, cronking loudly, complaining about that no good spruce roost. It flew through the bright shaft of moonlight and landed almost invisibly at the far edge of the beach, now at low tide. The loon slipped beneath the dancing moonbeams and I slipped away home, leaving them to savor the night's peace and sparkling stars.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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