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Visitor's Center lobby

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Traven & John

Ithaca & John having fun

Marbled Murrelet with its dinner

Dowitchers and Yellowlegs

Date: August 10, 2013

Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK

Weather: partly sunny

Temperature: start 51º

High 60º

Wildlife count: Sea Otter

Year List: 261

Birds: Marbled Murrelet, Bald Eagle, Long-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Black-billed Magpie, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Murres, Semi-palmated Plover, Western & Least Sandpipers

It was a good day at the Visitor’s Center – we were able to walk to work on a partly sunny day, and it was lovely all day. It was even warm enough to have lunch outdoors. Today was also the last day for the Discovery Labs.

When we got home, we enjoyed sitting outdoors for a glass of wine, followed by cheddar dogs on the grill with homemade mac/cheese with broccoli. An evening drive out to the spit allowed us to reserve seats on a halibut charter for next Saturday when Ernie & Pam will be here.

At the end of the spit, while watching for birds, John saw a Marbled Murrelet very close to the shore fishing. They are a very small bird, less than 10” and not easy to find, so we were very pleased.

On the way back, lots of shorebirds were following the receding water of high tide, and we got some good looks at them.

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