November 15 – Anchorage Yard Birds

Today I looked at yard birds not just of my yard, but also the Airport Heights area of Anchorage where I wandered about staring at people’s trees.

Highlights away from my yard included the usual Black-billed Magpies, a small flock of White-winged Crossbills that included at least one Common Redpoll all munching on spruce seeds, and a Bald Eagle perched on top of a spruce tree. Quiz: how many crossbills can you see in the third photo below?



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In my yard were the usual Steller’s Jays and magpies, plus a small flock of Pine Grosbeaks in the afternoon. As I recall last winter the flock got as high as 15 in our yard, so there still is a ways to go yet from the four that were there today.


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303 species so far


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