Jan. 21 – Anchorage – 100 and Holding

No new birds today but another enjoyable crisp beautiful day anyway – blue skies and distant mountain views.

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I spent the morning looking for a possible Evening Grosbeak that had been seen yesterday in Anchorage, but as far as I know no one saw it today, certainly not me. After that I did an extended drive through downtown looking for the Peregrine Falcon again, but again even the pigeons it had been harassing when others saw it a couple of days ago were nowhere in evidence.

To satisfy my need for seeing something, I drove down Garden Street in Anchorage where the two main bird feeding yards were still covered with American Robins and Bohemian Waxwings, mainly dining in and under the fruit trees.

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When I returned home in late afternoon, I saw a Northern Shrike a block from our house, and as I drove toward our house, the shrike preceded me and landed in a tree in our backyard, the second time I had ever seen one for our yard list. Pine Grosbeaks, Black-capped Chickadees and more Bohemian Waxwings were visiting our yard for their evening meals, and Common Ravens were flying overhead to their evening roosts and I had to accept the fact that I had not seen any new year-birds for the day.

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Tomorrow’s another day.

Note: I intend to write in this blog every day that I go birding this year, whether or not I see any new birds, so I expect that messages similar to the above will happen often.

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2 thoughts on “Jan. 21 – Anchorage – 100 and Holding

  1. Mark Benson January 22, 2016 / 11:40 am

    Hey Lynn, It looks like that Brambling you reported on ebird.org earlier this week was your 722nd species in the U.S. and got you into ebird.org’s top 100 all-time birders in the United States!

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  2. Lynn E. Barber January 22, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    Actually I got 723 species in 2008 alone (ABA area) but have not entered all of those, nor birds seen earlier than that, in eBird.

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