Date: August 24, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Weather: bright sunshine
Temperature: start 49º
Year List: 266
Birds: American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Glaucous-winged Gull, Steller & Gray Jay, Bald Eagle, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Black-billed Magpie, Sandhill Cranes.
It was a sloooooooooooooow day in the Visitor’s Center – we just broke 200 guests, so we had some crazy fun! We picked numbers to see who would be closest to the number of guests – John won by just 1 guest. I accompanied Ithaca on the morning walk, as it was just so very pretty outdoors. One group of women and children had attempted to bring a dog into the Visitor’s Center, and I had to ask them to leave the dog outdoors. That same group was down on the slough trail with the dog running wild right next to the Sandhill Cranes – they also were throwing rocks at the cranes. As I walked to them, I fought to control my anger at their disregard and disrespect for the birds and the group of folks on Ithaca’s morning walk, all using binoculars to study the birds. I simply told them to put the dog on a leash and not disturb the birds. I’m so sorry that some people have such disdain for wildlife. I wish there was a way to teach value to folks such as that group. The bad thing is that the adults were encouraging the children to throw the rocks.
With so few guests, we spent a lot of the afternoon sharing with Ithaca, as this was our last day to work with her. She will be leaving for her senior year of college next week in Portland, OR.
We enjoyed chips and salsa sitting outdoors, basking in the sunshine, one of the few really warm days we have had lately. Dinner was our own grilled burgers and salad. After we cleaned up, we drove out to Louie’s Lagoon on the spit to view a bunch of migrating ducks, and then out East End road to Circle Lake. The views were spectacular! The sky is cloudless tonight, and very lovely. We hope this pretty weather will last.