Yesterday afternoon I put Connor in his backpack and went for a walk down to the beach and then around Totem Park. Near the hatchery we saw two common merganzers, a male and a female. Earlier in the week I had seen an additional male, and I wondered if it was still hanging about somewhere. … Read more
I had heard and seen pictures of trumpeter swans wintering along the shore near town, but had not seen them until yesterday. A pair of them flew a few circles around the Sheldon Jackson quad in the afternoon when I was walking home. I am not sure why they were doing that, but I could … Read more
I have noticed this winter that not all the leaves have fallen off the blueberry and huckleberry bushes. So far, all the ones I have seen with leaves have been quite short (a foot or less). I wonder if it is due to the mild winter or if this is a regular occurance. Some of … Read more
The weather continues to be quite warm. I read in the paper today that Sitka was tied for the high in the state yesterday at 47 degrees. The weather forecast indicates that it might get a little cooler over the coming days, although not below freezing. It was mostly overcast today with occasional patches of … Read more
The beach grass appears to be sending up new shoots. I also noticed that the alder leaves are starting to open up on the tree in the neighbor’s yard.
It has been a mild winter here this year. There has only been one signficant (>1 inch) snowfall in town so far. On only a few days has the snow level dropped below 2700 feet (estimated by observing the fresh snow on the mountains). Despite this atypical warmth, it has still felt like winter. Part … Read more