August 7 – Anchorage Rainy Day

Anchorage has had a lot of rainy days lately and today was no different. At first it did not look like I could get out to bird much, but then it looked like it might stop raining for a little while. I charged out to Potter Marsh determined to see a few birds, and that’s just what I did. I saw a few birds, and then the rain began in earnest again.

I saw seven species before I hurried back to the car (I had neglected to bring a raincoat). I managed to photograph one of the two Black-billed Magpies that were apparently poking around on a partly submerged stump, as well as one of the about 30 Greater Yellowlegs, one of the two dowitchers, and the immature Bald Eagle that was striding among the dead fish on a little sandbar.

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Also seen were Green-winged Teal, Mallards and a Glaucous-winged Gull. Hopefully there were no rarities there that the rain kept me from seeing.

Our back yard was quite busy today, mainly with Steller’s Jays emptying the peanut jar.

I hope that I will be able to spend more time birding tomorrow.

289 species so far

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