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Kiss of Death – A Halloween Birding Story

Fair warning – while there’s no blood and gore, these photos depict the darkly intimate, intense, and violent end to a Magnolia Warbler’s life in the talons of a Northern Pygmy-Owl. I thought about writing more of a narrative, but … Continue reading

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Seven Warblers (two lifers) – with a Dark Side

Given the season and weather, plus past experience, I probably should have known better, but with clearing skies this morning, I was torn about whether to get out for a hike up a trail, or stay home and make some … Continue reading

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Cooperative Creeper

After getting the report of a Virginia Rail at Swan Lake, I decided to take Connor and Rowan down there to look around.  We had the lake mostly to ourselvesas we walked to the upper end to check out the … Continue reading

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Birding (last day for warblers?)

A couple of days ago Lynn emailed me about coming to Sitka in hopes of catching the Cape May Warbler that I first reported last  Wednesday. She had been up in Barrow hoping for an Ivory Gull, and was only able to … Continue reading

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Cape May Warbler

As the calendar changed, so too did our uncharacteristically sunny weather change to a more typical fall pattern. The record breaking dry October (under 5 inches for the month vs. a normal of 13 inches), was replaced by overcast and … Continue reading

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Afternoon Birding with Visitors

Four folks (Brad, Pat, Bob, and Eric) from Anchorage came to town to see the Tropical Kingbird. They found it successfully this morning, and I ended up running in to them at Swan Lake when they stopped by to see … Continue reading

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