Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Bear Lake Dippers and ice

Seward, Alaska

Beautiful sunny day! Bear Lake, about 7 miles north of Seward still had ice due to our chilly nights, but it was disappearing fast.

Bear Lake creek is famous for its dippers and I was not disappointed. I watched one preen and then dive to gather sunken twigs and leaves for a nest. This was interesting to me as their nests seem predominantly made of moss. Perhaps these flexible twigs help provide structure.

A pair of BARROW’S GOLDENEYE floated near the ice edge, possibly waiting to nest. I heard a MERLIN calling from a hidden perch high in a spruce tree.

Along the Iditarod Trail, blueberries bloomed and handsome bumblebees were busy pollinating them. VARIED THRUSHES, a FOS HERMIT THRUSH, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and a PACIFIC WREN sang in the forest. It was a lovely spring day!

Later that evening in town around 11 pm, I heard a GREAT HORNED OWL hooting from the base of Mt Marathon.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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