March 18 – Beyond Redpolls

I have not posted for a while, because it’s mainly been redpolls, redpolls and more redpolls, and I have been writing and writing and writing on my book, rarely leaving the house except for scheduled (non-bird) events.

Today, another sunny cold day, I decided to seek something else and headed south to Girdwood this morning.

Along the way there was lovely scenery, a few Common Ravens and an immature Bald Eagle.

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My first goal was Northwestern Crow, seen last week in Juneau, but not yet seen in the Anchorage Borough this year. As expected, the usual pair was at the Girdwood gas station.

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I then went to Alyeska, and in addition to many Common Redpolls everywhere and a handful of White-winged Crossbills, I added two more birds to this year’s Anchorage list – a single Song Sparrow in an Alyeska parking lot and Pine Siskins flitting about and coming down to a sidewalk near the parking lot where I could finally see them well.

Time to get back to work…

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