July 25 – More Rainy Day Birding

Today I did what I call “drive-by birding”, trying to see birds while driving slowly in the moving car (periodically stopping for awhile to scan the area). I chose to drive around Lakes Spenard and Hood in Anchorage and to drive along the west side of the international airport.

On the lakes there were many ducks including many ducklings. Most were quite far from shore and somewhat difficult to see in the rain. Some of them were clearly Mallards while others appeared to be scaup, probably Greater Scaup. Feel free to tell me what you think the ducks are in the pictures that I am including. There were also a few goldeneyes and Red-necked Grebes.

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On land there wereCommon Ravens, Black-capped Chickadees, American Robins, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Dark-eyed Juncos and Common Redpolls.

And rain obscuring the Anchorage downtown.

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288 species so far

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