July 10 – Brief Birding in Anchorage

I managed to find 30 minutes to bird today, in the middle of all my obligations/activities that awaited me upon my return from Barrow. Not surprisingly, I visited Potter Marsh in that time period. Nearly all the snow is finally gone from the nearby mountains and everything is lush and green.

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Since my last visit, the number of Greater Yellowlegs out there had increased dramatically (oddly, most of them today were one-legged (put your favorite smiley face here)).

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In one of my last visits I had reported on the agitated mother Mallard trying to keep the Bald Eagle from getting all of her tiny ducklings. At that same site today, there was a mother Mallard with a batch of half-grown ducklings. I hope it was the same valiant mother that had managed so far to keep so many of her family alive.

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One of the Bald Eagle adults was sitting in a tree near the nest and at least one very big young eagle was still in the nest (pictures too blurry to post). I expect the young eagles will be gone soon.

On the boardwalk itself there was a fledgling Yellow-rumped Warbler sitting calmly while its siblings were just off the boardwalk being fed by a parent.

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And that was all the time I had for birding today.

285 species so far

 

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