May 9 – Birds ‘n’ Bogs, Yellowlegs and Cranes

Early this morning I did my first Birds ‘n’ Bogs observation at Oceanview Bluff Park.



This is a program of Alaska Audubon. I participated in it in 2015 but not last year when I was too busy doing my Alaska big year. In this program, participants monitor a number of species of concern at selected Alaskan bogs in spring. Today, being early in the observation period, was a bit low on these species, and I only saw two Greater Yellowlegs, one of the monitored species (others are Lesser Yellowlegs, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Rusty Blackbird, Tree and Violet-Green Swallows and Solitary Sandpiper).

There were other birds there of course, most noticeable being winnowing Wilson’s Snipe and a singing Lincoln’s Sparrow.


Later I went to Westchester Lagoon and along the Coastal Trail, where the highlights for me were three very close Sandhill Cranes and a perched Bald Eagle.


2 thoughts on “May 9 – Birds ‘n’ Bogs, Yellowlegs and Cranes

  1. Ann Gilmore May 10, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    Love your Crane photo–it would make a good greeting card. Also like the male Ruffie from the previous post.


    • Lynn E. Barber May 10, 2017 / 12:30 pm

      Thanks. Two of my favorite birds, too. I really love spring here!


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