Thursday, May 11, 2017 Wanderting Tattler, Bonaparte's Gull, whales, seals, sea lions

Seward, Alaska

Another beautiful sunny spring day! An unbelievably close humpback whale continued to loop around inner bay following the shoreline along the Waterfront, along Lowell Point Road then across to the east side of the bay and repeat. Such an explosive breath and plume! What a monstrous back and powerful flukes! Simply magnificent!

Also spotted, Steller Sea Lions and a curious Harbor Seal looking around.

Over at Scheffler Creek Bridge south of the harbor, I finally photographed one of the two WANDERING TATTLERS that have been visiting this area. It is so wonderful to expect these migratory birds in certain, special places and then find them!  

As he sat in the sun on a beach rock, a dainty BONAPARTE’S GULL paddled over to him as if to say hello.

Dozens of WESTERN SANDPIPERS fed at the edge of the tide. A raft of about 20 BARROW’S GOLDENEYES and pairs of HARLEQUINS cruised past.

What a place, Seward!

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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