July 27 – Just Birding in Anchorage

Today’s birding was one of my favorite kinds of birding – walking trails through brushy areas and near trees. I like looking for passerines – little birds like sparrows and warblers. I love listening for their chips and looking for their brief flittings from branch to branch and trying to figure them out.



That is why I like Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area, particularly when birds are migrating and also when fledgling birds can be found. This morning the main birds there were many Lincoln’s Sparrows, including many young birds, and Orange-crowned and Wilson’s Warblers. The White-crowned Sparrows that I found there last week appear to have departed, or maybe they just were hiding better than the others.

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The wooded areas had Black-capped Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches. Far out on the mud flats were Canada Geese and Sandhill Cranes. Gulls (probably mostly Glaucous-winged) and Common Ravens flew overhead every now and then.

Just birding. Nice.

288 species so far

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