Date: June 30, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Weather: mostly cloudy, some sun breaks
Temperature: start 54º
Wildlife count: Pine Squirrel, Sea Otters
Year List: 257
Birds: Pigeon Guillemot, Black-legged Kittiwake, Bald Eagle, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Scoter, Glaucous Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Loon, Black-billed Magpie, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Varied Thrush, American Robin, Trumpeter Swan and 3 Cygnets, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Red-necked Grebe
Today was a good day for birding. We went to Duncan’s Café for breakfast early and then birded the Spit before church. Worship was delightful. After a quick change of clothes, we drove up to Anchor Point on the Old Sterling Highway to attempt to get close to the lakes, but we saw very few birds. However, when we got out to Anchor Point, someone had dumped a bunch of remains from cleaning halibut out on the beach. The birds were having a hey-day – there were 10 Bald Eagles all waiting their turn, in the midst of the other birds. They put on a great show.
As it was cold and dreary, we sought the warmth of the camper and enjoyed a fresh salad, with home-grown greens from the farmer’s market along with ham and beans. A knock on our door brought Don & Mary, retired members of our church here, who brought us rhubarb and a delightful evening of conversation. Mary taught Inupiat native people up on the North Slope, meeting Don, who was a researcher for U of Alaska in Barrow. They married and spent 17 years in Barrow before they moved here to Homer, where Mary taught in the high school. What an interesting life these two have led. We enjoyed the visit and we will certainly enjoy the rhubarb custard pie!!