Total ABA Species Recorded During 2010 - 731

Thursday, May 27, 2010

We're in Alaska!

It was a very long day of flying, airports, waiting.  You know the drill.  The cab we had ordered yesterday arrived right on time at 5am and picked us up.  The check-in at the American counter was easy, but the security line was very long.  I assume it was all those people getting a head start on the Memorial Day weekend.  Once underway our first leg was to Dallas, second leg to Seattle, and third leg to Anchorage.  First flight left at 6:30am and our last landed at 5:30pm, so that's fifteen hours from first take-off to final arrival.  During the layover in the Seattle airport I did pick up a couple of Northwestern Crows.  In Anchorage after getting our luggage, we rang up the Puffin Inn and their courtesy van came and got us.  We checked in, dropped off our stuff, and I called John and Nancy who had already arrived in Anchorage.  We got together and took a walk around a lake that had a bunch of scaup and goldeneyes and a pair of Red-necked Grebes (web photo).  The most abundant birds around were the Tree Swallows.  A couple of Black-billed Magpies, a few White-crowned Sparrows, an Audubon's Warbler, and some Robins were pretty much the birds we saw.  John and Nancy went back to their room, and Joyce and I split a grilled salmon melt and headed back to the room to reorganize our stuff for the trip tomorrow to the Pribiloffs.  The two new birds brought the list to 574.


  1. Bob sounds like the start of a great adventure


  2. been off the grid for a week in MN. Got Great Gray Owl along with Connecticut Warbler, Evening Grosbeak and Gray Jay!

    Hope you get tons and tons of new birds for your big year! Hope to see a new post soon!