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TIMELINE SERIES: August 27-28 2016, Yellow-billed-Chicka-Merg-Duck!

Posted Friday 2nd February 2018 at 22:34 by alaskabirder
Hi everyone! I was thinking of doing the posts chronologically, but I really want to start with some of the more memorable posts first. I've kind of given myself a headache trying to remember all the buildup that came before the lifers in early 2016. This story, however, is definitely impossible to forget. I've always wanted to share this amazing story with others.
In the early morning of Aug 27th, we were heading out of a small motel on the outskirts of the smallest "city" in Alaska, a fishing community called Seward. Seward is located on the north-east side of the Kenai Peninsula, a vast peninsula with some of the best birding locations in Alaska. The peninsula is cleverly positioned so that Prince William sound on the east side separates it from southeast AK. On the west side, Cook Inlet separates it from southwest Alaska. Because of the clever positioning, JACK SNIPE, BRAMBLING, HAWFINCH, DUSKY THRUSH, SIBERIAN ACCENTOR, and REDWING THRUSH have blown in to the Kenai Peninsula from the Aleutians, and they were blown in to the Aleutians from Asia. Meanwhile, reports of RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, WESTERN SCREECH-OWL, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD flood in every few years! In a way, I got a taste of this on a smaller scale the next day.
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