Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Wandering Tattler

Seward, Alaska

The sun returned this afternoon, shining a bright light on all the newly emerged greenery, refreshed by the rain. I searched for the WANDERING TATTLER at Scheffler Creek, at first without success, up and down the rocky shoreline then back to the outlet. Then, there it was! Except for its yellow-orange legs, it easily melted into the surrounding gray-green rocks. Standing quietly above a little tide pool, it watched carefully for tiny fish then quickly plunged into the water to chase it down or nabbed it from the rock. It was fun to watch this avid fisher, more intent than any fisherman, fishing because its life did indeed depend on it.

Out in front, 4 GREATER SCAUP paddled and dove, possibly the same 3 males and one amorous female spotted yesterday. She sure had a lot of white around her bill and ears.

Over in a small Mt Ash tree, a KENAI SONG SPARROW sang his beautiful melody among the emerging green leaves, unperturbed by this paparazza clicking away.

At noon at the tide flats, I heard a clear descending "to-do." Eventually I discovered a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER resting near a pair of GREEN-WINGED TEAL. A smattering of DUNLINS, about 12, fed along an intertidal stream; small flocks of peeps flew past.

At 5:30 pm, a flock of about 150 geese flew over town heading north.

That evening, Tasha and Jonah L. reported a MARBLED GODWIT (!) and one BLACK and one RUDDY TURNSTONE, very exciting finds!

And at 10:30 am, I heard the steady beeping of the little SAW-WHET OWL on Mt Marathon.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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