Date: August 25, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Temperature: start 48º
Wildlife count: Harbor Seal
Year List: 267; Life List: 375
Birds: Greater Yellowlegs, Common Murre, Black-legged Kittiwake, Bald Eagle, Northwestern Crows, Common Raven, Long-billed Murrelet & Chick, Tufted Puffin, Ruddy Turnstone, Pelagic Cormorant, Black-billed Magpie, Sandhill Cranes, Pacific Loons (10), White-winged Scoters, Red-necked Grebes, Glaucous-winged Gulls
Church was delightful after our breakfast at The Duncan House Café. Afterwards we headed for Anchor Point, where we were able to see all FIVE volcanoes – Mt. Douglas/Fourpeaked, Mt. Augustine, Mt. Illiamna, Mt. Redoubt, and Mt. Spur. It was a VERY clear day – amazing. How often can you see 5 relatively active volcanoes from one vantage point?
We had planned to take a long walk, but our bodies said – you have pushed for 2 weeks – just sit still, so we did. The wind was really blowing hard, which didn’t make the walk any more enticing. We stopped along the Anchor River and watched the gulls while we enjoyed the peace and quiet of Alaska.
After a few errands, we sat in the sunshine till our early dinner (no lunch) of cheddar brats and baked beans. It was so pretty, and high tide as well, so we drove out to the Spit to find a new life bird, the Long-billed Murrelet at the end of the Spit. We also watched a very young couple with a baby in a rowboat coming out of the harbor. I cannot imagine how cold it must have been on the water!
A video on grizzlies completed our evening.