At the suggestion of Gus Van Vliet today, I am listing below the birds that I have NOT YET SEEN this year for which there are prior year eBird records for Alaska in December. Some of these records reflect a single bird, one year only, while other listed species have been seen more than once in December. Since I hurriedly looked at eBird on my phone to make this list while I was waiting for my plane in Juneau, it is possible I missed birds or erroneously included birds, but this should you give Alaska birders an idea of what birds I am missing. Bottom line: if anyone sees one of these birds in Alaska yet this year or hears that someone else has seen one, PLEASE LET ME KNOW – I would love to have the chance to chase it if at all possible before the year ends:
Whooper Swan, Virginia Rail, Ivory Gull, Western Gull, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Long-eared Owl, Costa’s Hummingbird, Dusky Thrush, Harris’s Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow (seen this year, but I want a photo), Rustic Bunting, Common Grackle, Purple Finch, Cassin’s Finch (January record), Eurasian Siskin, House Sparrow (no longer found in Ketchikan)
If you want to see the list of all possible birds for Alaska (at any time of the year) and to see which of those that I have seen this year, you can go to my web site (go to the 2016 list of species on the first page of my three 2016 birding pages): lynnbarber.com.
THANK YOU FOR WHATEVER YOU CAN DO, and of course, THANK YOU TO ALL OF THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED ME SO FAR!!
Check your e-mail. I have sent you some suggestions on where you might look for some of your remaining “Want to haves”!
We had our first Siskin of the winter yesterday–shame I couldn’t box it up and mail it to you! Good luck with your wanted list.