A Brief Trip to the Chaicheis

Overcast this morning, with clouds breaking up and staying between partly cloudy and mostly cloudy for much of the day. As it turned out, we only ended up having a little over an hour to spend at the Chaicheis. It was a little over a year ago when I was last here, so it was nice to renew acquaintances, even if it was only a short visit.

Unexpected Sunset

Overcast with drizzle through much of the day. Winds were fairly calm in town while I was out. After a day of solid gray clouds, I was surprised to see some intense pink to the WNW. Satellite imagery revealed an opening in the clouds well to the northwest of town, but it was apparently close enough to grace us with an unexpectedly colorful sunset.

Warming Tempratures (Still Gray)

A bit breezy, some rain and mid-40s. Snow level rose above 2500 ft. We probably are now past mountain snow maximum for the year. As I’ve been noticing since the herring spawned, many ravens were out on the beach and others throughout the forest were quite vocal. I spent a few minutes recording some of their calls today.

Early Spring Birds

Somewhat warmer today, with highs around 40, and lows not much below that. Snow was melting off at lower elevations (but still accumulating up high). Light rain started falling this afternoon. I was considering when I might get out to look around, but was provoked to quicker action when I saw a posting of an odd looking duck.

Cormorant Quest

Cloudy, calm, and chilly today, though without much wind it didn’t feel quite so cold as it had on prior days. I was able to get out on a boat ride today to check the cormorants on the rocks near Kasiana Islands and Middle Island. In a few past years at this time of year, there’s been a Brandt’s Cormorant among them, so I thought it would be nice to check

Sitka Nature Show #234 – Chris Rurik (encore)

Download Radio Show The April 11th show featured a conversation with Chris Rurik, a writer and naturalist. Among other things, we discussed our mutual interest in natural history, and how we approach it. This conversation was originally recorded and aired in May-June 2019. If you have questions or observations you want to share, please feel … Read more