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Kodiak are a hardy breed, but so are those who go looking for them. Last
Saturday, during a pretty stormy day, 77 folks participated in the 36th
consecutive Kodiak Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the Audubon Society.
Kodiak has been the hot spot in the state for the bird count, averaging 78
species over the past 10 years. This year, despite the weather, 74 species and
nearly 14,000 individual birds were counted. But according to Rich MacIntosh, the
folks in Ketchikan put in an impressive effort this year and edged out Kodiak. Click on the PDF above for a list of all the birds spotted this year.
will get a second shot at counting next weekend. The Narrow Cape - Kalsin Bay
Christmas Bird Count will be on January 3rd. MacIntosh says anyone
is welcome to join in whether they're experienced or not, as each group will
have a skilled birder leading them. He's looking for folks who are as hardy as
the birds and will show up no matter the weather.
-- (Birds 2 42 sec "For
a number of years ... give us a run for our money.")
had all-time high counts this year, and one, the Wilson's Warbler was spotted
for the first time ever. It was one of three warblers that showed up in the
-- (Birds 3 46 sec "One
thing that was ... Alaskan Christmas Bird Count.")
said Women's Bay is a good spot for the casual birder to see one of the more
spectacular birds that winter on the island:
-- (Birds 4 25 sec "The
Emperor Geese at ... and he wasn't disappointed.")
Emperors were counted on Saturday. The Kodiak birders benefit from being able
to count from a pair of boats as well as from land. One boat was the Kodiak
National Wildlife Refuge's Ursa Major 2, skippered by Jeff Lewis and the other
was the Celeste, with Andy Schroeder manning the tiller.
and beautiful bird that can be found for a short time this time of year is the
-- (Birds 5 34 sec "The
Bohemian Waxwing are ... go back to the mainland.")