Wednesday, November 5, 2014 Seward Cape May Warbler not found today

Seward, Alaska

Despite the efforts of Seward birders and visiting birders from Anchorage, Soldotna, and Kodiak, the CAPE MAY WARBLER was again not found today. 

I did not search for the STELLER'S EIDER, but suspect it is still on the east side of Resurrection Bay in the general area of Spring Creek Beach to Fourth of July Beach. (See previous posts for more detailed directions.)

The RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was also spotted today in the alley between First and Second Avenues north of Jefferson Street. 

The gulls at the north end of the Lagoon by Dairy Hill Lane include THAYER'S, MEW, GLAUCOUS-WINGED, HERRING, and GLAUCOUS-WINGED-HERRING HYBRIDS. Watch for a light THAYER'S that may be a first-cycle Kumlien's, noted by Luke DeCicco.

Also present at the Cape May Warbler site by the Lagoon: RUSTY BLACKBIRD, DIPPER, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS overflight, RED CROSSBILL overflight, and the usual SONG SPARROWS, BALD EAGLES, RAVENS, MALLARDS, COMMON MERGANSERS, and COMMON GOLDENEYES. The TRUMPETER SWAN family of 4 cygnets spent the night and most of the morning at the south end of the Lagoon. 

I found 5 MARBLED MURRELETS along Lowell Point Road, calling loudly to each other. Also dozens of BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES and 70+ BARROW'S GOLDENEYES.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold

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