The conditions were perfect this morning to spot the CAPE MAY WARBLER at the preferred location on Dairy Hill Lane: excellent lighting on an unexpected sunny day to see a small yellow bird, nice and calm in this protected pocket to notice a warbler flitting through the alder and willow branches, and quiet enough to hear any vocalizations. Perfect except the star of the show failed to appear.
It is possible that the bird took advantage of the clear skies last night to fly away; sometimes inclement and cloudy weather helps to keep them grounded. Or he just happened to not be feeding here today. There’s a lot of territory to hide in. Seward birders will keep looking and will post updates.
The RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was, in contrast, very cooperative and all who came got a good look at him tending his sap wells.
The STELLER’S EIDER was out of sight of land-bound birders, but the Alaska Sealife Center Resurrection Bay survey crew found him in the usual company of HARLEQUINS north of Spring Creek Beach this afternoon.
Two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS flew across the Spring Creek Beach parking lot as I scanned for the eider, about time they showed up.
A special treat was the very unusual appearance of the Nash Road TRUMPETER SWAN family of 4 cygnets at the south end of the Lagoon. I don’t remember ever seeing swans feeding here. Many locals saw these graceful swans and were equally impressed and amazed.
More stormy weather is forecast for later this week which might prove interesting.
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter