Sunday, January 25, 2015 Steller's Eider and Black-legged Kittiwakes

Sunday, January 25, 2015 Steller’s Eider and Black-legged Kittiwakes
Seward, Alaska

Sunny but cold  in the mid teens, and a howling north wind to 26 mph and gusts to 40 mph. I finally found the STELLER' S EIDER again, conveniently located right in front of Spring Creek Beach at Mile 5 Nash Road. He was loosely in the company of the HARLEQUINS, but they were hanging out with BARROW'S and COMMON GOLDENEYES, and COMMON MERGANSERS close to shore, taking salt water baths and a break from the brunt of the wind. SURF SCOTERS and PELAGIC CORMORANTS dove farther off shore, riding the whitecaps. 

A mixed flock of about 50 gulls swooped and soared on the wind, including GLAUCOUS-WINGED, MEW, and at least one or more BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, new for 2015, and earlier than usual. The nearby seafood processing plant was in operation and unloading a boat, which probably helped to attract all the bird action. 

Happy Birding! 
Carol Griswold 
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter 

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