Our Summer Serving in Homer, Alaska travel blog

Tundra Swans and Greater White-fronted Geese

Morning Moose

Early morning Bull Moose

Greater White-fronted Geese in flight

At the end of Homer Spit

On the spit

Sharp beak

Homer Spit

Boardwalk on Beluga Slough

Cold Kiteboarder


Date: May 5, 2013

Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK

Temperature: start 35º

High 44º

Wildlife count: Moose, Sea Otters

Year List: 207

Birds: Greater White-fronted Geese, Canada Geese, Green-wing Teal, Greater Yellowlegs, Northern Pintail, Tundra Swans, Northern Shoveler, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Bald Eagle, Black Scoter, Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, American Wigeon, Mallard,

As the Homer United Methodist Church Sunday worship is not until 11am, we had a very quiet, relaxing morning. We prepared biscuits and sausage gravy for brunch, then went out to the Lighthouse overlook to find Tundra Swans, geese and a few shorebirds. Marianne, our supervisor, and her husband, were also checking out the birds.

Worship was delightful, a traditional service in a mission church. Alaska is part of the Northwest Conference, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho – imagine traveling to Annual Conference! Pastors usually only remain here a few years – Pastor Fred, a native of the Philippines, will be leaving this June, to be replaced by the first female pastor this church has experienced. 

We spent the afternoon birding and walking the boardwalk at Beluga Slough and campground down to the beach. It was beautifully sunny, with some wind – HOWEVER; the wind made it very cold. We had on lots of layers, with 42° and wind, but we saw young men playing football on the beach in t-shirts and shorts. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr. It made us cold just to look at them!

Dinner was our own meatloaf, which we had prepared at home, baked potatoes and sweet corn. We still don’t have water, so cooking is extremely simplified.

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