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Bird Notes and Observations

Virginia Rail

The following report came in to the Sitka Birds email List from Serena Wild today: “Thought you all might be interested to know that there is a Virginia Rail at Swan Lake. I live up at the very end of … Continue reading

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Alarming Juncos and Tropical Kingbird Confirmed

I was busy this morning and was not able to get out and look for the kingbird. However, Lucy P. let me know she had found it around 9:30 this morning in the same neighborhood where it had been before. … Continue reading

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Tropical(?) Kingbird

Update: The bird is still here on Thursday, 20 October. (Given the rarity of this species in Alaska, I’ll try to post an update each day the bird is seen.) On Monday, Marge W. called me to let me know … Continue reading

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Warm Winter Weather and a Wood Duck

Today’s highlight was finding a Wood Duck on Swan Lake. It was out in front of the radio station with some Mallards. First reported last Sunday, I am not aware of anyone seeing it over the days since then. It … Continue reading

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Sharp-shinned Hawk

This afternoon I got a call from a friend who lives in the neighborhood. He said a Sharp-shinned Hawk had caught a pigeon in his yard and I was welcome to come by to watch it. At first I was … Continue reading

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Brambling

Yesterday Eric and Cathy Parker found a Brambling over by the airport and posted some pictures on Facebook. Unfortunately the Facebook notification system didn’t function correctly for me in this case and I did not get the notice at first. … Continue reading

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