Feb. 27 – Killdeer and California Gull – Ketchikan

The forecast was for rain all day, and it did rain some, but not enough to discourage birding. Much of today I birded with Steve Heinl and Jim Lewis. We basically drove the length of Ketchikan, first north and then south of town.

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Our first goal was KILLDEER and we found six of them at Mud Bight north of town, and later another one at Bayview Cemetery.

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Nearly everywhere along the water were flocks of gulls, often wildly scrambling for herring. Among all the Glaucous-winged Gulls were quite a few Thayer’s Gulls, a few CALIFORNIA GULLS, first for my year and for Ketchikan for the year, as well as a couple of Herring Gulls. We checked out Knudson Marina, saw the American Coot again, as well as close-up views of Marbled Murrelets. We also had many Common Murres, Surf Scoters, Red-necked Grebes, goldeneyes, six or more Great Blue Herons, and a couple of Song Sparrows.

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South of town we saw many more gulls, Pelagic, Double-crested and Brandt’s Cormorants, and a Red-winged Blackbird and Varied Thrush together with five Song Sparrows. Along Ketchikan Creek, which was running high after all the rain there were 3-4 Amerian Dippers, at least one of which was singing loudly.

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A great day of birding. Tomorrow I will be birding in Juneau.

115 species so far

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