I was going to call this post “Nothing” because it was another day of no new birds, but that sounded too negative. The day did start with another beautiful sunrise as I left our house.
I did actually do some pleasant birding this morning after that, starting at Oceanview Bluff Park, which is one of the areas that I surveyed last spring for Alaska Audubon’s Birds and Bogs project. The portion of the park that I surveyed starts with a steep downhill slope to a flat wet area to a fairly extensive creek area too deep for me to wade, beyond which is a mixed spruce/deciduous boggy forest and then the inlet. Last year in May it was teeming with Wilson’s Snipe, but they have apparently not yet arrived there this year. There were Canada Geese around (seen through branches in photo below), a pair of Northern Pintails and the usual woodland birds.
I then checked out Potter Marsh from the boardwalk and along the highway. The sun was just coming over the mountains as I walked the boardwalk.
In addition to the Mew Gulls, Canada Geese, Mallards, Northern Pintails, and Gadwalls, there also was a pair of scaup. Anyone who is reading this – I would be interested to know what kind of scaup you think they are.
There were also 5 Trumpeter Swans hanging out in their usual place at the southern end of the marsh.
And that was it for birding today. I needed to finish up our taxes, last minute as usual.
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I find Scaup ID difficult but favor this being a “Greater” based on the high point of the head being in the forehead region, instead of further back with the “Lesser”.
I agree with Greater Scaup, based on head-shape.