It has been awhile since the last post. Since I didn’t post anything for August and September 2014 I would like to add a couple of birds from that time period. The following excellent photo of a Long-billed Murrelet is posted with permission from Jay Gilliam. It was seen near the end of August.
We also saw a Cassin’s Auklet in mid September. They are rare in Kachemak Bay but are common elsewhere in Alaskan waters.
Our winter was one of the warmest on record. Any snow that fell would soon turn to ice then melt away. The snowblower was not used.
Here are some photos from the 2015 Shorebird Festival.
Here is a list of birds seen from the Torega during the Shorebird Festival:
Fork-tailed Storm Petrel
Black Oyster Catcher
We did see an unusual boat
And some colorful ones
Another unusual bird for Kachemak Bay, the Thick-billed Murre was spotted in mid June near Glacier Spit. Also in the last two days two were seen at Gull Island in with thousands of Common Murres.
Steller Sea Lions have been showing up at Gull Island
Bird trips aren’t all we do. Here is the harbor before sunrise on a water taxi trip
And then another one just before sunset
And then one more right after sunrise
You have to keep in mind that this is Alaska and the sun rises about 4:30 am and sets around 11 pm. Fortunately I don’t do many early or late trips.
I won’t make any promises but I will try and update this more often and post any unusual sighting.