May and June

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:

Common Loon
Yellow-billed Loon
Pacific Loon
Red-throated Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Sooty Shearwater
Fork-tailed Storm Petrel
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Black Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Surf Scoter
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black Turnstone
Rock Sandpiper
Black Oyster Catcher
Red-necked Phalarope
Black-legged Kittiwake
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Arctic Tern
Aleutian Tern
Marbled Murrelet
Kittlitz’s Murrelet
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Tufted Puffin

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.