October 20 – Anchorage Lake and Stream Birding

I went to Spenard Crossing today, thinking fondly of the appearance there during the winter of 2014-15 of Purple and Cassin’s Finches. They would nice to add to the House Finch on my list for this year, but it did not happen today.

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At Spenard Crossing were the usual chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches in the woods. The Black-billed Magpies, as usual, were bathing in the stream and preening after their baths.

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On the lake at Spenard Crossing I was surprised to see big white butts up in the air among the Mallards – 20 swans, probably all Trumpeter but they were quite a ways out from where I was so Tundra might be possible.

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At Spenard Crossing and at Westchester Lagoon there were also Common Goldeneyes. At the Lagoon, there were also Buffleheads and a Common Merganser (or so it seemed – I never saw it’s full head or beak). Most of the diving ducks were far out and mostly they were diving, but every now and then I was able to get a picture of one before it dove.

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One more day of local birding and then I head out for a couple of days. More later.

301 species so far

 

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