Daily Observations

Weather: It was partly cloudy with a decent breeze out of the northwest. Overnight temperatures were in the mid to lower 30s with daytime highs around 50.

Birds: Quite a few scaups and a handful of Buffleheads were on Swan Lake. I also noted two Trumpeter Swans.

At the Baranof Street Cemetary I observed Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Dark-eyed Juncos, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, and Townsend’s Warblers, most of them singing at one point or another. I also saw a Hermit Thrush, the first of season for me. The Townsend’s Warblers (which I heard but did not see) were also first of season for me.

This afternoon I took a look at the gulls in the channel and noted that there were still some Thayer’s Gulls around. I’m curious as to when they leave.

There were lots of sparrows around in general. I also noted quite a few Savannah Sparrows on my journeys throughout the day.

Plants: I noticed a dandelion in full bloom on a rocky outcrop across from Sealing Cove. The trees are stlil mostly bare and many of the Salmonberries have yet to actually bloom.

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