Connor let me know there was a golden-plover down by Totem Park, so I took a short walk down to check it out. In addition to the Pacific Golden-Plover, I also saw a Black-bellied Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher, and a few Western Sandpipers and Dunlin. My iNaturalist Observations for Today

Migrants Return

A flock of Greater White-fronted Geese and one of Cackling Geese were feeding on the peninsula at Swan Lake today. They joined the regular Mallards and the lingering juvenile Trumpeter Swan. Rowan and I made a quick trip up Gavan Hill trail to take care of the Gavan Hill ibuttons this afternoon (starting from Phearson … Read more

Return to Thimbleberry Lake

I revisited Thimbleberry Lake this this morning in hopes of finding the Osprey seen the past couple of days. I saw a bird fly in at the upper end of the lake that I thought might be an Osprey, as it seemed pale on the front, but it was too far to see clearly. I … Read more

Gray Clouds and Spring Flowers

Over the past 24 hours many spring migrants seem to have moved in. I got reports of good numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds at both Totem Park and Starrigavan. Two Osprey were seen at Heart and Thimbleberry Lake, and a Northern Harrier and Merlin at Starrigavan. Osprey is one of only a handful of species … Read more

Sitka Nature Show #155 – Phil Mooney

Download Radio Show The April 22nd show featured a conversation with Phil Mooney, retired biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. In this conversation Phil shared several stories about experiences involving bears during his career as a biologist in Southeast Alaska. If you have questions or observations you want to share, please feel … Read more

Starrigavan Estuary

After the steadier rain of Wednesday, Thursday’s pattern shifted to more showery conditions. As the day went on, the sun broke through a few times, but the trade off was especially heavy showers at times. This lasted into the night, and the snow level dropped to around 2000 feet. This morning it was mostly cloudy … Read more