Thursday, August 20, 2015 Hummingbird Alert, and Orange-crowned Warblers

Seward, Alaska

Sunrise 6:23 am, sunset 9:37 pm for a total day length of 15 hours and 13 minutes. Tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 19 seconds shorter.

Third straight day of summer with temps in the 70s and a nice breeze from various quarters. Chance of rain for tomorrow then more sunshine. Quite a nice finale for August.

Hummingbird alert! Kerry reported seeing a hummer yesterday in his neighborhood, but was unable to discern if it was a Rufous or Anna’s. This late in the year, it is likely to be an Anna’s or other unusual species as the Rufous don’t linger. Watch the bright nasturtiums and other flowers, and keep that hummer feeder clean and filled. You too may have a special guest!

I heard an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER singing in my yard this morning, quite unusual for August. They are among the last warblers to migrate, and generally are fairly quiet this time of year. I found several over by the Lagoon, chipping in the alders.

Salmon continue to migrate up area streams, mostly sockeye/red and humpy/pink in the heart of Seward, and chum/dogs and pinks at Tonsina Creek in the state park south of Seward. It’s an exciting time, and silvers are on the way.

The SOLITARY SANDPIPER, the one with swollen legs, was back catching blow flies on a salmon carcass this morning at the Lagoon. Two KINGFISHERS rattled around, chased by MAGPIES now and then. MALLARDS  paddled discretely after spawning salmon, hoping for fresh eggs. RAVENS and EAGLES flew high in the blue sky, circling over the mountains.

Over at the head of the bay, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS also circled high overhead and SAVANNAH SPARROWS gathered. I wonder if they are getting ready to migrate? It’s about time to bid adieu to the remaining summer birds and welcome the south-bound migrants.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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