Sunrise 5:36 am, sunset 10:13 pm for a total length of day of 16 hours and 37 minutes. Tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 2 seconds longer.
More birds and new species are arriving daily!
April 28: First swallows (2) reported over Nash Road wetlands, too far for ID. WILSON’S SNIPE, at least 8, winnowing in the evening.
April 29: Last sighting of resident TRUMPETER SWAN cygnet, without sibling. I hope they are both fine, somewhere.
April 30: 2 TREE SWALLOWS reported by Tasha near Alaska Sealife Center. First SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS (3), 3 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS.
May 1: First FOX SPARROW singing his sweet song in the ’hood, a slightly different dialect from our local nesters. Midnight SAW-WHET OWL calling from Mt Marathon. Either I haven’t been out late enough, or he took a break for a while.
May 2: Persistent ROBIN woke me up with its cheerful song at 4:30 am. The males are singing past 11 pm. Long day! First RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, female, at my feeder. Several more reports around town.
May 3: Last report of male STELLER’S EIDER at Spring Creek Beach. He has disappeared for a few days before, but his Harlequin family may be leaving soon to nest. What will this lost bird do? Milbert Tortoiseshell butterflies sailing around in the sunshine; bumblebees zooming around willow and blueberry flowers. Robin C reported WHIMBRELS.
May 4: Robin C reported 2 CASPIAN TERNS!
GREAT HORNED OWL flew between trees and hooted once, spotted by Jim H and Kerry M by Civil Air Patrol pond. 2 male and 1 female RING-NECKED DUCK in the pond. First ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER spotted in the willows along the pond; more singing nearby.
9 WHIMBRELS, a few CANADA GEESE, 3 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED, 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS.
May 6: First TOWNSEND’S WARBLER heard singing, almost drowned out by louder RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. SNIPE calling nearby. 2 VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS zipped past, chasing the growing population of mosquitoes. LEAST and WESTERN SANDPIPER numbers are building.
11 pm: a flock of 25 SANDHILL CRANES flew silently overhead at mid-level, heading north. One excited crane just had to make a comment or two, alerting me to their presence. Otherwise, I probably would not have known. I thought their migration was over.
Salmonberries and yellow violets are blooming; male cottonwood flowers are already spent and on the ground.
May 7: GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS singing around town. PINE SISKIN numbers continue to build, perhaps swelled by juveniles. Many RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and FOX SPARROWS singing.
First LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS (15), WESTERN and LEAST SANDPIPER numbers increasing. A V of 25 CANADA GEESE flew over. GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE still here (15) with 2 CANADA GEESE, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS (2) and PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVERS (3)
Jim H and Kerry M reported Violet-green swallows (6), Long-billed Dowitchers (12), Yellowlegs (2), Least and Western Sandpipers in large flocks of up to 25-30, Dunlin (2), GODWIT (debating Marbled or Hudsonian) (1), Greater White Fronted Geese (10), Canada (2), Semi-palmated Plover (4), and the many usual suspects.
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter