Monday, May 21, 2012

AK - Aleutian Terns, finally!

After a couple days of narrow misses between wedding festivities, I finally caught up with Aleutian Tern in the Homer area today.

A dawn watch at Anchor Pt produced at least five of them, along with one of the continuing Bristle-thighed Curlews plus a Yellow-billed Loon, imm Glaucous Gull, and a few Parasitic Jaegers.

Later, at Beluga Slough, Carolyn and I had four Aleuts foraging well offshore. Here we also had a hen King Eider, two Black Brant and a Gadwall.

On our way back north, at the mouth of the Kenai River, one or two pairs of ALTE were quite vocal as they quickly passed by. After two days of dipping, I couldn't get away from them! Also here were a pair of Hudwits and a pair of adult dark morph Parasitic Jaegers. Plus two Caribou, life mammals for both of us.

So we've departed Homer after an awesome wedding with some great birding sprinkled in. Congrats to newlyweds Chris and Jessie for the coolest wedding possible!

Tomorrow CS and I will do a short spruce forest hike in the AM and a very highly anticipated Kenai Fjords boat tour in the afternoon, all before our red eye flight back to the east coast.

- NB

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