Date: May 20, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Weather: hazy sunshine
Temperature: start 37º
Wildlife count: Sea Otters, Snowshoe Hare
Year List: 230; Life List: 359
Birds: White-winged Scoter, Common Loon, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Bald Eagle (40), Pigeon Guillemot, Lesser Scaup, Northern Harrier, Pectoral Sandpiper, American Robin, Mallard, Gold-crowned Sparrows, Savannah Sparrow, Sandhill Crane, Canada Goose, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Dunlins, Western Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Dowitchers, Black-bellied Plover, Common Merganser, Herring, Glaucous & Glaucous-Winged Gulls, Brandt’s Geese, Cackling Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, American Wigeon, Tree Swallow, Trumpeter Swan, Northern Goshawk, Magpie, Downy Woodpecker, Swainson’s Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Sooty Fox Sparrow
We had breakfast at the Duncan House this morning, and I tried their ½ order of Eggs Benedict – it was delightful! Since we had the day off, we spent the majority of the day hiking Anchor Point State Park. It is the farthest west one can get on a road in the US, and it is the delta of the Anchor River, where lots of birds congregate, as the list shows. We counted at least 40 Bald Eagles – about ½ adults with the typical white head and tail, and the rest juveniles, which are brown with white splotches. A Bald Eagle does not have the white head and tail until it is 5 years old, and they live on average 20 years in the wild. It was a long walk – around 4 miles, most of it on cobble stones – gray rocks that have eroded from glaciers and then tumbled in streams – they are what constitutes the beaches in Alaska.
When we got home, we relaxed and downloaded our many bird photos, looking to identify several lifers. We had dinner around 3:30, grilled chicken with veggies/pasta Alfredo.
As a rare bird has been sighted several times out at the base of the spit, we drove out to see if we could see it, but no luck. Then we joined our good friends, Pat and Patty to see the movie 42, the story of Jackie Robinson’s first year as a major league player. It was a great story of courage, strength and character; as well as the tenacity of the human spirit, which allowed goodness to triumph. It is a GREAT one to see.