20 - 24 May 1995
by Macklin Smith
Our aims were new state birds and just plain sightseeing. Departing Anchorage May 20 and returning the 24th, we followed most of the road system to Fairbanks, Delta, Paxson, Delta, Tok, Chicken, Eagle, Chicken, Tok, Northway, Delta, Glenallen, Anchorage. In the Northway area, we missed Ruddy Duck, Chipping Sparrow, Sora, and Am. Coot, and we missed Smith's Longspurs on the Denali H'way (too early) & a "stake-out" Hawk Owl s. of Paxson. Otherwise we had good luck. As one of our party was a retired Lt. Col. in the USAF, we visited Eielson AFB near Fairbanks, where we found our best shorebirds. On our return to Anchorage (after an excursion to the Kenai), we were lucky to happen upon a Marbled Godwit. The following list includes Anchorage birds in addition to what we saw on our grand loop.
New state birds=*; rarities=+.
(Harlan's) Red-tailed Hawk
Peregrine Falcon (2 at nest)
Lesser Golden Plover (100's!)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (breeding)
Parasitic Jaeger (+ in interior)
Great Horned Owl
Northern Shrike (including just fledged young)
Red-winged Blackbird (Northway)
Mammals observed on the interior loop were:
[& scat of Grizzly Bear and Wolf(!)]
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