Despite a recent cold stretch where the temperature got to minus 37 with a wind chill of minus 48, the weather has been fantastic for winter. The majority of days have been around minus 10 to zero. A few highlights so far include a Black-backed Woodpecker, only the second time seeing one, a couple of Gyrfalcons, and two Snowy Owls. Hawks Owls are still present in good numbers along with winter finches, redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks, and WW Crossbills are quite common.
A surprise find was a Short-eared Owl last weekend. I also saw one yesterday in a different area although there is a small chance it would be the same one. Very rare up here in the winter.
Photo taken through the windshield from a distance.
Snow Bunting in a tree.
and where one would expect to see them
I am at 35 species so far which is fairly good. For the winter, including December I am at 39 species. I am hoping to get 40 before February ends.
Here is the list
Common Goldeneye Common Merganser Ruffed Grouse Sharp-tailed Grouse Rock Pigeon Northern Goshawk Bald Eagle Snowy Owl Northern Hawk Owl Short-eared Owl American Three-toed Woodpecker Black-backed Woodpecker Downy Woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker Pileated Woodpecker Gyrfalcon Northern Shrike Canada Jay Blue Jay Black-billed Magpie Common Raven Black-capped Chickadee Red-breasted Nuthatch White-breasted Nuthatch Brown Creeper American Dipper European Starling Bohemian Waxwing House Sparrow Evening Grosbeak Pine Grosbeak Common Redpoll Hoary Redpoll White-winged Crossbill Snow Bunting
The four species I saw in December but so far not this year are GG Owl, Saw-Whet Owl, Boreal Chickadee, and Golden-crowned Kinglet.
Post by kenneth2019 on Feb 27, 2021 20:37:45 GMT -8
Yes, driving the mud, a lot to learn. Best day driving the Alaska Hwy north of mile 73, saw 6 Great Greys hunting the margins of the highway and 6 Lynx on the side roads (two family groups). It was 30 below and most were around Sikanni Chief.