Date: August 9, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Weather: sunny am, clouds and rain, pm
Temperature: start 51º
Year List: 261; Life list: 371
Birds: Bald Eagle, Northwestern Crows, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Common Ravens, Common Redpoll, Sandhill Cranes,
We walked to the Visitor’s Center this morning in beautiful sunshine, but had to borrow a jacket on the way home, as it was drizzling rain! On the way up the path to the VC, we encountered a new life bird – a Common Redpoll. (So glad we had our binoculars!) It is our first new bird in ages, but we know that the birds that went north to nest are beginning to migrate through on their way back south. It is amazing to think that the birds in your backyard for the summer might spend their winter Belize or Brazil, or another exotic spot!
I spent much of today working in the store, and used some of the time to work on the computer/cash register to answer the questions for our literature survey test for our Certified Interpretative Guide course. We all divided up the questions, as it is an open book, group project. Some of the answers were easy to verify on line – others will be found in several books that are available to us, but I got a good start between customers.
We hurried home between the drops and did not get very wet. Dinner was grilled halibut, a fresh salad and small baked potato. The evening was spent reading.