Monthly Archives: April 2015

Geese in the Meadow, Warblers on the Ferry

Weather delays the ferry, interrupts migration, sends birds to places they have never been before and yet somehow, life goes on. Migrants arrive, Sandhill Cranes call from the Sanctuary and robins sing from the bushes. Tree Swallows, the ones with … Continue reading

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Goldeneyes and Harlequins

March 27 2015. Stormy waves blasted the beach and riding them out were thousands of Common Goldeneye, those small diving ducks that live in the offshore waters along the coast. They had come in from the storm and were waiting … Continue reading

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Winter Hummingbirds

February 21 2015.  A hummingbird wintered over in Port Clements this year. They don’t usually, their preferred plan is to head south in August and spend the winter in Mexico. Somewhere hot. It survived November’s deep chill and was well … Continue reading

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Brant in the Meadow

February 18 2015. Brant are small black geese with narrow white necklaces.  Large flocks come through in spring and feed on eelgrass and sea lettuce in the intertidal zone before heading north to stage at Izembeck Lagoon in Alaska. From … Continue reading

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Sapsuckers

March 6 2015 Birds don’t like novelty. Unlike us, they like everything to stay the same, same tree, same wetland, and same feeding ground. Make any changes and the birds simply die off. It’s one of the many reasons there are … Continue reading

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St. Patrick, Finches and Woodpeckers

March 20 2015 Tuesday was St. Patrick’s Day. What little we know of him tells us that he was captured, enslaved, and finally freed. When he got back home he realized that there was more to Ireland than herding sheep, … Continue reading

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