Category Archives: Fauna

They’re Back

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

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Winter Browse

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

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Spring Migration

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

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They’re Back

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

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Avian Winter Residents

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.

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Feeding Time

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.

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Persistent Woodpecker

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

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Harvest Time

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

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Owlet

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.

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Nurturing

It’s the time of year for lots of new life, including eaglets.  This young one receives a morsel of food from an adult.

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