Wednesday, January 2, 2019 eight more species!

Seward, Alaska

A thin, waning, fingernail moon smiled like a sideways Cheshire cat in a completely clear sky before dawn. As if in apology for yesterday’s stormy tantrum, today was delightfully sunny, calm and warm with a high of 41ยบ and spectacular scenery. What a stunning change!

With ease and a bit of patience, I found seven species that were nowhere to be seen in yesterday’s storm: KILLDEER, the lone LONG-TAILED DUCK male, five GREAT BLUE HERONS, CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES, 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 2 male HAIRY WOODPECKERS, and 6 PINE GROSBEAKS.

Thanks to a tip from John M, a napping juvenile PIED-BILLED GREBE joined my new year’s list for a total of 35 species.

The forecast for the rest of the week is partly cloudy/sunny, temperatures falling into the teens accompanied by northerly wind, and a chance of snow. Regardless of the weather or repeat species, my spirit will be buoyed by beautiful, resilient birds.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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