November 2 – Anchorage Yard Birds and Planning

Not much time to bird today due to multiple doctor-type appointments and music rehearsals and shopping to do and lots of worries and plan reconsiderations on whether I should go to Barrow as planned or to Sitka or to parts unknown where a Gray-headed Chickadee might still be. I did not go anywhere to bird but I did look out in my yard periodically but mostly there was nothing there, just every now and then a few Steller’s Jays and a few Black-billed Magpies.

One of the Steller’s Jays fed from my hand as usual.

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The Steller’s Jay with the damaged beak (“Beaky”) seems to have difficulty sometimes getting peanuts from the jar so I put some on the porch railing to see if that would be better, and then I took pictures from a couple of feet away as he tried to pick up a peanut and did succeed.

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Bottom line on my plans: I’m still going to Barrow even though the ice is not there as probably needed for Ivory Gulls. We shall see if that is a wise idea. After that, who knows whether there will be any birds to chase or not.

302 species so far

2 thoughts on “November 2 – Anchorage Yard Birds and Planning

  1. Jean E. November 3, 2016 / 5:22 am

    Lynn, do you have a goal for this Alaska Big Year? What is your previous year record for Alaska? And what is the record?



    • Lynn E. Barber November 3, 2016 / 6:33 am

      I have passed my goal. This is only my second year in AK and last year I had 227 species (not a big year but I birded a lot). The record apparently set years ago is 287.


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