Date: May 29, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Temperature: start 46º
Wildlife count: Moose, Sea Otter
Year List: 242
Birds: Scaup, Green-winged Teal, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Greater White-fronted Geese, Trumpeter Swan, Bald Eagle, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Orange-crowned Warbler, Sooty Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Black-legged Kittiwake, Glaucous-winged Gull, Magpie, Common Murre
This was our first day back at work for the week, and there was a special program. The Homer Chamber of Commerce sponsors an annual “Learn about Homer” event in which chamber members share about their businesses. It was very long, but extremely informative – we learned so much that will make answering questions of our visitors easier.
Afterwards, we had an interesting session on tides in Kachemak Bay. We have all of the ingredients to have huge tidal swings. Even though the average range is only around 16’, we can experience as much as a 32’ difference in tides. This past week, with the full moon, we had a tidal range of 27’. We took a photo of a turquoise ship moored at a shipyard on the spit in both the low and high tides from this week, as well as a second low-tide photo showing just how far out the water recedes. It is amazing.
When we got home, we enjoyed grill pork steak, fumi salad, garlic bread, and lime jello/pears for dessert. A ride out FAA road and to the end of the spit ended a beautiful, sunny day. Sunset will occur at 11:03 tonight, but we will be long asleep. It is not dark till well after midnight, if it ever really gets dark.