Monday, May 5, 2014 Nest-building Robin, and migrating Hudsonian Godwits

Seward, Alaska

The sprinkler transformed the front yard into a bird magnet over the past few days. VARIED THRUSHES, ROBINS, and a FOX SPARROW hopped across the greening grass, plucking worms and other invertebrates from the thatch. A ROBIN industriously collected dried grass, filling his beak with more and more nest material until he sported a walrus moustache. Reaching his carrying capacity, he flew to a nearby spruce and expertly wove it into a lining for a lovely cup nest. Such wonderful basket makers!

Robin C the birder, reported a FOS TOWNSEND'S WARBLER in my yard, but I was unable to refind it.

Later that evening at 8:30 pm, we observed two HUDSONIAN GODWITS, 3 DOWITCHERS, 1 SNIPE, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and a LEAST SANDPIPER at the head of the bay under gray skies and cold south wind.

At midnight and at 3 pm, the SAW-WHET OWL was still calling on Mt Marathon.

Update: on May 13, a broken Robin egg was found under the nest. I hope the rest of the eggs are OK.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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