October 11 – Beautiful Anchorage Sunrise

For the second morning in a row I got to see a beautiful sunrise today, this time in Anchorage as viewed from our living room window.

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My dreams last night changed my birding plans today. I kept dreaming about finding a Dusky Thrush last night, first at some unrecognizable location that in my dream I knew was in Barrow, and then at a location in Anchorage. Driven by the dreams, today I explored some neighborhoods and parks in Anchorage where I had hope of finding fruit-bearing trees that might attract robins, and maybe a lost Dusky Thrush or two. I did not find any robins or thrushes at all, but had a fine time birding and I found many trees that had potential.

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I also saw the usual Mallards at Spenard Crossing, the males looking more like decoys than living ducks.

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The Bald Eagle was in same spot as at my last visit to Spenard Crossing.

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I also went to Cuddy Park, the site of a wandering Palm Warbler last year. Today the little cattail pond had a partial light coating of ice and there just were a flock of Common Redpolls, a single Black-billed Magpie and lots of fuzzy cattails.

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