August 11 – Anchorage Yard-Birding

Another rainy day. I opted to limit my birding for the day to our back yard. The yard was very busy with warblers and chickadees and juncos and robins everywhere much of the day–14 species in all. Some of my pictures follow. As can be seen in most of the pictures, which were taken looking down from our back porch, our lawn is the greenest lawn I have ever had due to the nearly unceasing rain.

There were at least four Steller’s Jays, two adults and two grown young, but of course, since they came and went, it could have been multiple family groups.

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Also at the feeders were Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees (Black-capped shown), a Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-billed Magpies, a Downy Woodpecker, a Pine Siskin and at least ten Dark-eyed Juncos scattered about on the lawn and at various feeders.

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Flitting about in the brush in the back of the back yard were a couple of Wilson’s Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, numerous Orange-crowned Warblers, some very yellow and others very gray-yellow (I tried to make them into some other species but nothing else seemed to fit; they all had yellow under their tails, no wing bars…).

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It was hard to figure out how many American Robins there were because they were flying back and forth, hopping on the lawn, bathing, and eating some type of fruit in our neighbor’s trees.

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Also heard were a Common Raven behind the house somewhere and a fly-over Common Redpoll.

Tomorrow, assuming the rain doesn’t get too bad, I’m going birding with a friend in the Willow and Palmer areas north of Anchorage.

289 species so far

 

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