August 29 – Yet Another Sunny Anchorage Day

A person could get used to this sunny mild weather. Louann, Lena and I birded two  neighborhood areas in west Anchorage this morning – the R Street Alley and streets in the Turnagain area.

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The main highlight of the first place was a Merlin that dove down, looped around and landed on a tree top for us to photograph it.

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Also of extreme interest for a while and which was studied intently until we just gave up was a silent dove/pigeon, first thought to be a Rock Pigeon, then firmly believed to be a Eurasian Collared-Dove, and then concluded to probably be just a strange, probable Rock Pigeon. It flew in with a couple of Rock Pigeons, landing near us. I leave it for blog readers to make guesses/pronouncements if it is deemed to be anything other than a Rock Pigeon.

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Other birds in the alley area were a Black-billed Magpie and Red-breasted Nuthatch (mostly just heard and only briefly seen on a distant treetop) that were photographed, as well as Common Redpolls, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Downy Woodpeckers and Dark-eyed Juncos.

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At the second area (near Susitna) we heard a Varied Thrush, saw Dark-eyed Juncos, many Yellow-rumped and a few each Wilson’s and Orange-crowned Warblers, and a few American Robins, as well as basically the same little birds seen in the alley area.

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The highlight of the second area, however, was six Rusty Blackbirds that, mostly hidden, silently worked the treetops and preened.

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Of course, always a highlight is the chance to see Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), which is some 150 miles away from Anchorage and usually not visible, even from much nearer by.

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291 species so far

 

 

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