Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Swan on nest

Squally Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Trumpeter Swan on nest
Seward, Alaska

It’s nest time for some early birds. The resident TRUMPETER SWAN mom (pen) is now sitting on the nest with her valiant cob at her side at the mile 1 Nash Road wetlands. What an exemplary pair!

High overhead at Fourth of July Beach, I watched two RAVENS spiraling around each other, around and around, each carrying nesting material in their beaks. After that lovely aerial ballet, they flew together to a secret location to add their treasures to the nest.

A neighbor reported a pair of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES checking out a waiting swallow nest box. He installed another nest box just in case there is a need when the swallows return.

Back in town by the waterfront, I watched a large flock of GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS. One had a startling wound on its head; feathers were missing and the normally white head was bloody. Nonetheless, the gull acting normally, and may heal. I wonder how that happened?

It was fun to watch the graceful white-bodied gulls flying in, pink webbed feet extended, to join their equally pink-footed buddies on the ground.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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