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.