June 14 – Birding and Touristing in Ketchikan

Louann Feldmann and I birded the Ketchikan area today, our main birding being in the morning on the road to Brown Mountain and nearby roads. It was a beautiful morning begun with what I understand is a Sitka black-tailed deer watching us for awhile. Birds included singing and calling American Robins, Varied, Hermit and Swainson’s Thrushes, Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped, Wilson’s and Townsend’s Warblers, Brown Creepers, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, a Hairy Woodpecker, Vaux’s Swifts, Rufous Hummingbirds, Fox Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Pacific Wrens.

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After lunch we birded and touristed at Totem Bight State Park, which I had never explored before. Very interesting area with moss-laden trees, fascinating totem poles, and a great spot to visit if one is willing to take a break from birding. And of course, even there there were birds – those on the totem poles, and Bald Eagles, Killdeers, Pacific Wrens, Swainson’s Thrushes and American Robins, and a Song Sparrow.

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Louann is on her way to Anchorage now, and in a few hours I will depart for Juneau where I will spend a few more days birding before heading home

270 species so far

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