July 29 – Food Fight

My birding today began at the Potter Marsh boardwalk where four Common Ravens were fighting over a salmon carcass. Glaucous-winged Gulls came over to try to get in on the action but then left.

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Other birds were going about their business more calmly, including Greater Yellowlegs, Green-winged Teal, Mallards and Black-capped Chickadees.

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On the old Seward Highway behind the marsh I was delighted to find a Belted Kingfisher that did not leave but let me actually photograph her for awhile.

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I was also delighted to find yet another Solitary Sandpiper, solitary of course, which is a bird I went all the way to Fairbanks to be sure that I got for my Alaska year list. Since then, I’ve seen 2 or 3 more plus today’s bird.

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The last bird photographed today was one of the handful of Alder Flycatchers in the marsh area.

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Longtime Alaskans have told me that it is significant when the fireweeds have finished blossoming. It means something like¬†summer is over. Some of them are still quite full of blossoms but not all of them…

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288 species so far

One thought on “July 29 – Food Fight

  1. Ann Gilmore July 30, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    Love the birds you are seeing. And how is your friend Mike?

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