Date: June 24, 2013
Tonight’s Location: Homer, AK
Weather: cloudy & rain am; sunny pm
Temperature: start 52º
Wildlife count: Moose, Sea Otters,
Year List: 257
Birds: Trumpeters & Cygnets, Hermit Thrush, Song Sparrow, American Robin, Black-billed Magpie, LOTS of Northwestern Crows chasing Bald Eagles, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-legged Kittiwake, Common Loon
We got a call from Earl & Sandy, our good friends from volunteering in Oregon, that they would come to visit today. They arrived around 10am, so we headed out to the spit to photograph it at the lowest tide of the year, -5.8 feet. After checking out spit birds, the tour went to the Islands and Ocean Visitor’s Center, sharing some good time learning.
We had lunch together at Boardwalk Fish & Chips – the halibut and cod were delicious. As the weather had cleared, we drove to the FAA drive overlook, where we watched the Trumpeter Swans and their three cygnets frolicking near the nest. The parents will care for the young from three to four months before they fledge. While we were watching, a Bald Eagle flew over and all five birds dove for cover in the tall grasses. We did not see them again!
With the beautiful blue sky background, we took Earl and Sandy up on Skyline drive to view the panorama – it was spectacular, and we all drank in the vista. We came down the bluff and back to the camper and enjoyed a late coffee and dessert of blackberry/peach cobbler and ice cream.
Since they left about the time of a very high tide, we drove back to the spit to get the photo of the ramp, and stopped at the fruit truck to get some apples and nectarines. What treats! Don’t think we need any dinner after the wonderful meals today.