August 3 – High Tide in Anchorage

It was another beautiful morning out at Westchester Lagoon, the nearby trail and inlet.

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My goal this morning was to see if there were any interesting shorebirds pushed in closer by the high tide. As I told the passerby who asked if I was seeing anything good, “they are all good”, but today, none of them as far as I could tell were rare. Mostly there were Hudsonian Godwits and dowitchers (presumably Short-billed as most are in Anchorage) and a few Greater Yellowlegs. There was a handful of Bonaparte’s and Mew Gulls.

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Other birds around included the usual large number of Red-necked Grebes. The young ones are rapidly approaching adult size and are gaining a bit of color.

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There were two Sandhill Cranes back in a marsh along the Chester Creek trail and four Canada Geese on the Lagoon.

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I am posting this early because I have meetings all afternoon and then the plan for this evening is to head north for a few days for a bit of wandering around birding through Glennallen to the Delta Junction and Tok area. I have been getting tired of limiting my birding to the greater Anchorage area.

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