August 28 – Sunny Anchorage Birding

Lena and I birded a trail for about 1.5 miles each way beginning about 4 blocks from our house and going parallel to the road to the Campbell Creek Science Center along the creek to a bridge across the creek itself. It was warm for Anchorage (72 degrees) with a gentle breeze.

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Along the way were a few Dark-eyed Juncos, a few small flocks of Boreal and Black-capped Chickadees (latter photographed), at least one Downy Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creepers and a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers.

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The last flock also included about five Golden-crowned Kinglets (golden crown only shows slightly in photo).

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The most interesting non-bird part of the walk was the abundance and variety of mushrooms, presumably due to the lengthy rain period that we have had. Of course, not being familiar with them we did not even consider thinking about eating any of them.

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291 species so far

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