Sunday, July 27, 2014 Hummingbird Report

Seward, Alaska

After about a week of steady feeding and frequent sightings, my RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD has not been seen since July 23. Another feeder in town reported her hummingbirds seemed to have departed by July 19.

Today, however, about 7 miles south of Seward alongside a creek feeding into Resurrection Bay, I spotted a hummingbird feeding on one of the last blooming red columbines. It seemed larger than a Rufous Hummingbird, though small is small. A possible candidate is an Anna's Hummingbird, a quarter inch larger at 4". Regardless of what species, it was a big surprise and thrill to see a hummer in the wild at this late date. A CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE cheerfully inspected a spruce branch for insects.

Also spotted along the kayak trip, several adult and juvenile PIGEON GUILLEMOTS, MARBLED MURRELETS, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 7 HARLEQUIN DUCKS in eclipse plumage, and BALD EAGLES.

MEW GULLS plundered the freshly laid eggs of the returning Dog/Chum Salmon spawning in Tonsina Creek. Two SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, sans spots, flew along creek, then landed and emphatically jerked their heads up and down in their weird but characteristic manner while bobbing their tails. It's a wonder the spots don't fall off sooner!

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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