Today was in the low 20s during the day, not a bad way to begin the year in Anchorage and much warmer than many places in the Lower 48. It was very dark, however, with heavy clouds (difficult to get good photos).
My 2018 bird list so far looks much like my December 2017 list. The first bird of the year was a loud Red-breasted Nuthatch in our yard, long before it was light out, an every-day bird in most of Anchorage.
Both my December, 2017 and my January, 2018 lists include the wonderful Sharp-tailed Grouse in west Anchorage that probably all Anchorage birders have gone to see at least once. Today it was perched high in a crabapple tree, at first motionless, and then slowly munching.
Other birds photographed today were Bohemian Waxwings, Pine Grosbeaks, Mallards and a Downy Woodpecker. Today the grosbeaks found my Christmas present to my little backyard birds, another flat-bottom feeder, which most of them seem to prefer.
Yesterday’s photos include those of a Hairy Woodpecker and Common Redpolls, both of which were on one of the seed feeders but at different times.
Nonbird photos were taken yesterday of Caster (and Dave)(the spotty toy on the sofa beside Caster is his new squeaky giraffe toy):