February 17 – First Day of the Great Backyard Bird Count

Yesterday (before the Great Backyard Bird Count) I birded in Anchorage’s Airport Heights area after my OLE! class. Bohemian Waxwings were noisy and obvious in a few yards munching on the fruits in a variety of trees. I need to go over there in the next couple of days for the GBBC.

At Potter Marsh this morning as part of the GBBC I watched a small flock of Common Ravens and then went to Spenard Crossing where I took photos of a few waxwings, a lonely Mallard away from the huddled flock and a Black-billed Magpie.

At Cuddy Pond the two Common Goldeneyes were still there amid the Mallards.

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At home, there were over 60 Common Redpolls, and at least one bird that appeared to be a Hoary Redpoll, all frantically coming to the feeders most of the afternoon.

Tomorrow I plan to check out a few other Anchorage areas for the GBBC, as well as watch my yard.

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