May 4 – Springing Along

Signs of spring are everywhere. Just the length of the days, over 16 hours (!), makes every day better than the day before. Yesterday I saw my first Sandhill Cranes (I understand that some have been around for a few days) on the mudflats at the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area in Anchorage. Also, a young Bald Eagle sat unmoving out on a stump on the flats.

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Lincoln’s and Fox Sparrows are popping up in many places, and today at Point Woronzoff I saw my first Anchorage White-crowned Sparrow for the year.

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Today at Westchester Lagoon, there were a couple of Northern Shovelers, in addition to the Gadwalls, Common Goldeneyes, Buffleheads, Northern Pintails, American Wigeon, Mallards, Greater Scaup, Canada Geese, Mew Gulls and Arctic Terns that have been around.

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The previously reported Common Loon at Westchester was close to the sidewalk due to ice covering most of the lake, a photographer’s delight.

Also at Point Woronzoff was a munching moose next to the road totally ignoring me as he ripped hunks off bark an already well-munched shrub.

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