October 31 – Searching, Searching in Juneau

I flew to Juneau this morning. My goal was to search for, and maybe find, a Swamp Sparrow. Patty Rose had found one a couple of days ago along the Mendenhall Wetlands dike trail, but I do not think it had been seen since. Today she and I tried again for about 4 hours and I went back later for another 2 hours. There is a small possibility that I saw the back of one, and later she and I saw a small sparrow bird dart past in the shadows, but neither sighting was definitive or satisfactory. So we try again tomorrow.

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It was a very nice day to be birding anyway. Although there had been a bit of frost early on, the day warmed up to about 40 degrees and it did not rain. Birds seen included a Bald Eagle, a Great Blue Heron, a Belted Kingfisher, a few Song Sparrows and about 10 Dark-eyed Juncos (among which the Swamp Sparrow had originallu been seen).

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We’ll be back out there tomorrow morning.

302 species so far

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