March, April and May 2016

Here are a few photos starting from March with a Red-necked Grebe in the Homer HarborP3080015.jpgThere was also a flock of about 40 Steller’s Eider just west of the spitP3080081.jpgOk, this isn’t exactly a bird found in Kachemak Bay. We took a short trip to Kauai mid MarchP3170341.jpg Shorebirds start to show up in April. After the Rock Sandpipers that winter here head west we often see others that are passing throughP4210200.jpgThis flock of about 25 Common Eiders were seen only once in early AprilP4140135.jpgBlack Scoter were still around in March and April. They disappear in the summerP4140153.jpgHarlequin Ducks are seen year roundP5010277.jpgThis Wandering Tattler was using just one leg at a timeP5010366.jpgDespite large numbers of Common Murres dying this last year there were still nearly 5000 that showed up at Gull IslandP5020423.jpgBlack Turnstones and Surfbirds often hang out togetherP5030509.jpgWe saw small numbers of Red-necked Phalaropes compared to previous yearsP5070631.jpgRuddy Turnstone! Not many pass through Kachemak BayP5070662.jpgThese eventually turned aroundP5090674.jpgSo we could tell what they wereP5090680.jpgLong-tailed Duck. Another bird found in Kachemak Bay just in the winterP5130724.jpgMost of the Yellow-billed Loons we see look like this. We did see one in breeding plumage. Unfortunately I did not get a decent photoP5130733.jpgAs the name implies, these are fairly commonP5180122.jpgOften when migrating we will see small flocks of Pacific Loons. Sometimes as many as 20P5210217.jpgIt is pretty easy to tell that this is a Marbled MurreletP5210242.jpgBut what is this? Anyone want to take a guess?P5260012.jpgAnother look at it from the other sideP5260002.jpgA few Humpback whales were seen in April and May. P5180140.jpgThe End!P5120718.jpgHere is a list of birds for March, April and May seen from the Torega:

Common Loon
Yellow-billed Loon
Pacific Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Sooty Shearwater
Short-tailed Shearwater
Greater Scaup
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Black Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Surf Scoter
Greater White-fronted goose
Trumpeter Swan
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
Wandering Tattler
Rock Sandpiper
Black Oyster Catcher
Red-necked Phalarope
Black-legged Kittiwake
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous Gull
Mew Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
Arctic Tern
Aleutian Tern
Marbled Murrelet
Kittlitz’s Murrelet
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Horned Puffin
Tufted Puffin
Belted Kingfisher
Rough-legged Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Northwestern Crow

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