Category Archives: Fauna

Seasonal Transition

It’s that time of year again, when winter begins to fade as temperatures gradually rise above the freezing point.  One of the first spots in Anchorage where the change is most notable is a shallow manmade lagoon along Chester Creek.  … Continue reading

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Fall Migration

The big, white, elegant Trumpeter swans have passed through southcentral Alaska again.  Dozens stop by Potter Marsh each fall to feed and rest on their migration south.  They have an acute sense of how long to stay and when best … Continue reading

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Winter Dining

Birds have to eat all year round.  Mountain ash berries are a favorite source of food for winter residents in Anchorage, including this European Starling in striking non-breeding plumage.

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Avian Activity

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

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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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