A couple of days ago Lynn emailed me about coming to Sitka in hopes of catching the Cape May Warbler that I first reported last Wednesday. She had been up in Barrow hoping for an Ivory Gull, and was only able to get to Sitka late last night. We arranged to meet at Castle Hill this morning … Read more
As the calendar changed, so too did our uncharacteristically sunny weather change to a more typical fall pattern. The record breaking dry October (under 5 inches for the month vs. a normal of 13 inches), was replaced by overcast and periods of rain, with a forecast for wind and rain in the coming days. The … Read more
Four folks (Brad, Pat, Bob, and Eric) from Anchorage came to town to see the Tropical Kingbird. They found it successfully this morning, and I ended up running in to them at Swan Lake when they stopped by to see the Wood Duck (which one of the four had not yet seen in Alaska). From … Read more
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. It flew off before the next person got out there to look, but just before … Read more
It’s the views that makes all the blood, sweat, and tears of hiking Sitka mountains worth it. I’ve been pretty focused on getting through pictures from summer 2012 in an attempt to see if I made my 1000 species goal (more on that in a future post), but I took some time outside today to … Read more
Two species of Pilophorus lichens growing on a rock outcrop provided a distraction while I caught my breath after the 20 minutes (fast for me) trek up to the first viewpoint on Verstovia.