Northbound Sun

This entry is part 36 of 133 in the series 2011 Photojournal

Another busy day kept me from spending much time outside. Temperatures were pretty chilly today, and there was enough wind to keep the warmth of the sun from helping too much. While at the house this afternoon, the kids told me the Eurasian Collared-Dove dropped by the yard near where they were watching the fire (burning up the scrap wood).

I headed home around sunset, and thought I had a chance to look for a green flash. I was a little surprised at how far north the setting sun has moved since I last watched it set from near Hillcrest. I didn’t have much time, but was able to just catch it going down from Lincoln Street near Sage Rock. I’m not positive I was seeing the horizon, however – as there was just a small gap between other islands and such.

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Warming and Melting

This entry is part 12 of 133 in the series 2011 Photojournal

Temperatures warmed during the night from the middle 30s up to 41F and then stayed around 40 throughout the day. The higher temperatures made a big difference to the amount of snow on the ground – a fact I first noticed when I saw a dozen or more Dark-eyed Juncos scattered throughout the mostly bare … Read more

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Marge Ward called to tell me that there was a Eurasian Collared-Dove in their yard. I was able to get some photos of it this morning. Eurasian Collared-Doves have been reported from Southeast Alaska several times over the past 3 years. This is the first report from Sitka. It is unclear whether they are birds … Read more