August 4 – Great Birding Day

I stayed last night in Glennallen, and today drove to Kenny Lake, Delta Junction, Tok and then back to Delta Junction (448 miles today). Well worth it!

There were a couple of Ruddy Ducks at Kenny Lake, plus Greater Scaup, Mallards, Northern Pintails, Red-necked and Horned Grebes, six Red-necked Phalaropes, about 10 distant Red-winged Blackbirds, unidentified flitting warblers, and Savannah and Lincoln’s Sparrows.

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After about an hour at Kenny Lake I began the drive to Delta Junction, checked in to my motel, and then drove very slowly to Tok, listening and looking for Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. I never saw one but while slowly following the pilot car on a long portion of gravel road being resurfaced, I heard the distinctive “churr” call of a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER very near me in the mostly deciduous woods along the road. Because of all the road equipment I could not stop or go back to look for it. Later I heard what I believe was the sound of  young sapsuckers somewhere high in another grove of deciduous trees.

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Other birds on the drive between Delta Junction and Tok were American Three-toed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, American Kestrel (3) and Gray Jay. Both species of crossbill were heard but not seen.

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I will probably go back to Tok and beyond it closer to the border tomorrow to see what I can see.

289 species so far

 

 

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