Tag Archives: birds

Happy Thanksgiving

Turkeys are the symbolic emblem for our formal American day of giving thanks.  This rafter of wild turkeys in California (also called a gang, posse, or flock) was made up largely of toms which were very busy strutting in an … Continue reading

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Fall Migration

For the last 4-5 weeks swans have been migrating south and stopping for food and rest at Potter Marsh in Anchorage. These large white birds—both Trumpeters and Tundras—stay only a short while before continuing their journey toward temperate wintering grounds. … Continue reading

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Winter Visitors

My favorite avian winter visitors are making the rounds of mountain ash trees still bearing fruit and gorging themselves on the bright red berries.  Bohemian waxwings lend an element of cheer to the short, cold, and often gray days this … Continue reading

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Snooze

After more snow earlier this month made this the longest winter on record, spring has finally arrived in Southcentral Alaska.  Temperatures are closer to “normal” now and birch and cottonwood leaves are beginning to unfold.  Most birds aren’t waiting and … Continue reading

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Hungry Traveler

They’re still here—in even larger flocks now—moving from food source to food source.  And there seem to be plenty of berries left around town so they’re not having to work too hard to find sustenance.

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Waxwings

The colorful and loquacious Bohemian waxwings are here as usual in the Anchorage area winging about in large flocks foraging for food.  If you happen to be close by as they descend on an opportune mountain ash tree with clusters … Continue reading

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Natural Challenges

There’s a story behind this rather benign image of the Sanctuary River in Denali National Park that illustrates choices and consequences and the constant challenges wild creatures face.  I happened to be in the park in June on a stormy … Continue reading

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Renewal

It’s that time of year.  With nearly 18 ½ hours of sunlight now at latitude 61.2N the non-winter season is in full swing.  Trees are leafed out, bird activity is at its peak, moose calves are in vogue, and salmon … Continue reading

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Elegant Visitors

December is an opportune month to observe some of our most elegant avian visitors around the Anchorage area as large flocks of Bohemian Waxwings rove about prospecting for edible fruit.  They especially enjoy bright red mountain ash berries, though they’re … Continue reading

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Local Wildlife

It’s family time for all manner of wild creatures in Southcentral Alaska.  Protective moose cows with calves have had run-ins with a number of humans during the last couple of weeks.  It pays to keep your distance from big animals … Continue reading

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