Date: June 14, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Weather: sunny, some morning fog
Temperature: start 45º
Wildlife count: Moose, Pine Squirrel, Porcupine
Year List: 255; Life list: 368
Birds: Lincoln Sparrow, Alder Flycatcher, Sandhill Cranes & Colt, Green-wing Teal, Pintail & ducklings, Sooty Fox Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Golden-crowned Sparrow
Four guests returned to the VC this morning requesting a bird walk, so it was my turn, and what fun we had. We saw all kinds of things and were out for almost 2 hours. A highlight was to see the new Colt running around with his fuzzy new brown feathers – the Sandhill parents were very protective of him, and when a human family with children ran out onto the marsh, disturbing the colt, parents, ducklings – everyone ran. I approached them from the path and asked them to be very careful, that they were disrupting the wildlife. (That same family came inside, spending lots of time with John, but seemed to have little concept of time and safety for their children.) Our bird walk was great, though I need to learn a few more bird songs – much of the birding here is by ear, not by sight.
The rest of the day at the VC was extremely busy, so that by 5pm, we were both beat, we were pleased that we had driven over, as we didn’t particularly feel like walking home. Dinner was grilled ham, cauliflower and creamed peas, one of John’s favorites. We worked on bills in the evening and then crashed.