October 2 – Out Our Window, Day 9, Homer

It’s an unheard of vacation for me when I just stare out the window and don’t even venture forth to look for birds. I have been pleasantly lazy. With the wind and the waves and a bit of rain, the birds just kept coming to me today! I tried to take pictures of most of them as well as of the overall view. Note: because of my weird computer, it’s possible there are two copies of my kittiwake video in this blog post; I just can’t seem to delete the one that inadvertently inserted between the scene pictures below.

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The best bird photos from today are below, but because of the distance, most birds, though recognizable, are a bit fuzzy. Seen and photographed (parentheses are numbers seen, but I wasn’t staring out the window all day so there undoubtedly were more) were:

Surf (1) and White-winged (4) Scoters :

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A few Common Loons (3):

Red-necked Grebes (2):

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Common Murres (16):

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Marbled Murrelet (1):

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Pelagic Cormorant (6):

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Black-legged Kittiwakes (80 or more, often in swarms with other gulls, none of which I worked at identifying when they were so far off shore):

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Glaucous-winged Gulls (10 or more):

Mew Gulls (at least 1):

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Song Sparrow (2):

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Rock Pigeons (3):

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Not photographed but seen: Harlequin Ducks (3) and Bald Eagle (1).

Also photographed from our window: the state ferry and a smaller freight ferry (we think that’s what it is, taking on a couple of passengers):

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It will be sad to leave Homer, but I’ll be back!

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