Sunday, August 7, 2016 Trumpeter Swans Spotted

Seward, Alaska

The hard rain and wind eased up today just in time to photograph the resident TRUMPETER SWAN family feeding on the water horsetails near the side of Nash Road. All seven cygnets continue to thrive under the excellent care of their fabulous parents. It was exciting to see them after such a long time.

A photographer disturbed the family by walking down the road towards them and they paddled off. It’s best to use your vehicle as a blind.

Just around the corner, a momma moose and her darling, big-eared calf fed on the alders, willows, and fireweed. She ambled across the busy road, followed by the calf. I hope drivers are on the watch for these beautiful animals.

Back in town, the ROBINS, both young and old, feasted on earthworms brought to the surface in saturated lawns. YELLOW WARBLERS were reported in at least one yard while I had several ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS flitting through my crabapple trees. In addition to the Robins was one PINE GROSBEAK, and at least a dozen screeching STELLER JAYS. I was unable to determine the cause of their mobbing, but maybe there’s a raptor in the ’hood.

Late report of 8-10 SNOW GEESE migrating over the east side of the bay between 8 and 9 pm on Tuesday, August 2nd. (!) RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were also reported in Kenai Fjords National Park. Exciting times ahead!

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold

Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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