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Category Archives: Fauna
It’s spring in southcentral Alaska and birds are busy raising young. This American Dipper is delivering a salmon smolt to a nearby nest. Dippers frequent clear fast-flowing rocky streams and catch much of their food underwater, sometimes walking with head … Continue reading
It’s been much warmer than usual in Southcentral Alaska and the seasonal change has come early—way early! One of the markers is the return of waterfowl. The first gulls showed up yesterday; geese should follow soon. The arrival of these … Continue reading
Winter came late this year in Anchorage, and it wasn’t until December that we had significant snowfall. Now we’re making up for it. Temperatures have been very mild as well and wildlife doesn’t seem to be having any trouble getting … Continue reading
Waterfowl are beginning to show up again on their annual flights north. A small patch of open water in Anchorage called Spenard Crossing is one of the better spots to observe early arrivals. Today a pair of trumpeter swans, several … Continue reading
The gulls and geese have returned for the “summer” season. It may seem a bit early, since ice has not yet melted from all the lakes and ponds and foliage is mostly still brown. But the annual transition has begun, … Continue reading
Not all birds migrate. Among the winter residents in Southcentral Alaska are black-capped chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches seen visiting a peanut butter feeder above. Boreal chickadees, and both hairy and downy woodpeckers also stop by regularly.
Lots of young birds around his time of year. Two eaglets are well cared for in this big nest in the top of an old cottonwood tree in south Anchorage.
I’ve had a nest box attached to a birch tree in the backyard for several years in an attempt to attract chickadees. That hasn’t happened, but recently a male hairy woodpecker showed up and began drumming on the front of … Continue reading
Summers are short and autumn comes early in Alaska. Fall colors are already evident in many areas, and small creatures—like the Collared Pika below—are working diligently to lay up stores for the winter. It’s a busy time between now and … Continue reading
The big eyes of a young Great-horned Owl track movement from its perch on a limb well above its nest in a tall cottonwood tree. Not yet quite able to fly, it is exploring as much territory as possible.