December 24 – Wandering Western Anchorage

Today I just drove the road past the airport a couple of times and wandered in the Turnagain neighborhood to see what birds were around. Not many, at least when I was there. The trees continued to be gorgeous. In winter here, it’s easy to shift from being a birdwatcher to being a treewatcher.

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Out by the airport the only birds I saw were a distant perched Northern Shrike, a couple of Dark-eyed Juncos and two Bald Eagles, one of which I photographed. In the neighborhood there were a few each of Black-capped and Boreal Chickadees, a little flock of Common Redpolls, a Common Raven, and White-winged Crossbills.

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At home the only bird I photographed was a Hairy Woodpecker eating peanut butter on our porch. I can never figure out how they find peanut butter no matter where you put it.

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307 species so far

 

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