Saturday, December 28, 2013 Seward Update

Seward, Alaska

Yesterday, the Burkes briefly spotted the SWAMP SPARROW at Ava's with 6 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and JUNCOS. This bird takes some patience and perhaps several attempts. I did not see it today, and did not receive any reports of it being seen today.

Today Kit and Janet reported the female HOODED MERGANSER swimming with COMMON MERGANSERS in the stream along the north side of NASH ROAD west of Salmon Creek. This is a new location for this bird.

Tasha spotted the KILLDEER around 2 pm today followed by several birders. It was feeding in the tidal rocky habitat straight out from shore, at Afognak Beach, Mile 3 Nash Road.

I found one RED-FACED CORMORANT, 2 males and 1 female LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and a MARBLED MURRELET at the SMIC Boat Basin, Mile 5 Nash Road. A COMMON LOON dove far offshore with 2 SURF SCOTERS.

Kit and Janet reported the BRAMBLING with JUNCOS feeding in the Mt Ash trees in the alley south of Madison Street between First and Second Avenue; BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, ROBINS, PINE GROSBEAKS nearby.

No reports of the WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at Lowell Point.

Towards sunset, I found three GADWALL feeding south of the Uplands by Scheffler Creek.

Thanks to everyone for your reports.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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