Friday, May 31, 2013

Rusty Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird
along the Kusawa road ( first dip from the highway)
May 11 2013

townsend's solitaire

townsend's solitaire
kusawa ridge
May 11 2013
positively identified by song by Mary Whitley.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Spruce Grouse

Stony Creek, May 27 2013

Violet-green swallow

May 27 2013
Stony creek

Friday, May 17, 2013

yukon bird club, May 17 till May 20

The yukon bird club is requesting  people to look at birds this weekend.

So i thought i walk to Kip's puddle two times a day.

-10 am around 20 ducks, among them some shovelers and one bird of prey.
and some little birds.

-6 pm  a pair of mallards, a junco, 3 shovelers  2 males one female, 3 blue-winged teals, at least one female and one male, and two shorebirds ( see picture), and 3 other ducks.
i heard the Robin.
i watch for half an hour,

upon seeing me, first the mallards left
then the 3 unidentified ducks
after say 10 minutes the shovellers left
the teals which were first hidden from view, screamed loudly and eventually left
the shore birds would fly up a bit and land again, and when they left  i left.

Sorry for disturbing their peace.

Kip's puddle is a 5 min. walk ( half a km) from my house
the weather was windy, cloudy ( too cold for May, but not freezing)
and the snow is long gone here.

May 18, 9am till 9.30am
It's already a whooping high of 7 degrees C.
calm and partly sunny

2 male pintails and one female, when they spotted me they took off and with them what sounded like the screamers of yesterday, 2 small ducks
3 shorebirds came and left ( maybe yellowlegs)
i heard juncos, robins and warblers,  in a flash it looked like a yellow-rumped warbler.

May 18 evening  5 minute observation
windy and not much warmer, partly sunny
one duck only.

May 19  morning, 5 min observation
calm and partly sunny
a pair of green-winged teals
one shorebird
a grouse

May 20 morning
after night frost, pretty good weather
a pair of green-winged teals
a male mallard
a plover ( the shorebird)
a robin
a warbler

May 20 evening
super calm no ripple in the water, pretty good weather.
A northern harrier
and i don't know if she ( probably a female bird) flushed the ducks or i did)
2 ducks (probably the teals)
and a minute later 6 unseen small ducks flew away
several robins
a grouse
a shorebird

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Say's Phoebe

Yesterday at the 911-pond there where lots of ducks and Bonaparte Gulls and

swallows, who moved around in a flock around the big pond. at one point overhead and around me.

For the flycatcher's , i do not know the one in the two top pictures. the bottom one i think is a Say's Phoebe

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

yellow-rumped warbler

Ring-necked Ducks

A few days ago i did here the frogs croaking at Kip's puddle, but for ducks only a pair of Ring-necked Ducks remains
May 14, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

common merganser

March 16 2013
Mouth of Kusawa river

Eurasion Wigeon

May 12 2013
Alaska Highway around Cracker Creek
an eurasion wigeon among swans and other ducks on Aug 25 ,2013, close to Kelsall lake ( BC

American Wigeon

May 12 2013
Alaska Highway around cracker creek

Saturday, May 11, 2013


one single redheaded duck at the little pond  in the first dip at the kusawa road
may 11 2013

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

horned grebe

Horned Grebe, May 8 2013, Kip's puddle.

Everdaay i walk out to Kip's puddle, everyday the amount of bird's seem to double.
Sunday ? around a dozen Green-winged teals and a pair of Mallards
Monday 2 dozen Green-winged Teals, 2 pairs of Mallards
Tuesday  at least forty birds
Today what seemed like a hunderd,  the Teals still there, but also American Wigeons, a pair of Northern Shovelers and two male Horned Grebes.
A robin singing in the highest spruce, and little songbirds in the poplars

Sunday, May 5, 2013


And the first gulls i seen around here this year

May 5 2013, Takhini river 
Are they Mew Gulls?


May 5 2013
Stony Creek gravelpit
The first plover i saw this year


May 5 2013
And suddenly the Takhini river is wide open..
This at the first look-out on the Kusawa road

At Mendenhall Landing, i always thought the Mendenhall river opens first,  today the Mendenhall river had water and overflow, but the Takhini river wide open.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Green-winged teal

May 4 2013

Alaska Highway  east of  Mendenhal river
Not so much in the photo but when they took off, the green speculum , a rectangular patch on the wings was clearly visible.