The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Carol Griswold
For The LOG 

2013 Seward Christmas Bird Count


Carol Griswold | For The LOG

A singular Swamp Sparrow made it's way into the spotlight for Seward's Christmas Bird Count. The relative of the Song Sparrow is quite far off the beaten track for the migratory birds who generally prefer to spend their winters in the Southeastern U.S.

In Memoriam

67-year Seward resident Duane LeVan, age 87, died on Dec. 28 after a short illness. He loved watching and feeding birds. Duane and his wife of 65 years, Sanna, always participated in the Seward Christmas Bird Count, and always found just about the only Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finches in the area. A week before he died, he did indeed get the only Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finches for the Count. We miss you, Duane!

1American Wigeon
37Harlequin Duck
71Surf Scoter
5White-winged Scoter
1Black Scoter
2Long-tailed Duck
73Common Goldeneye
364Barrow's Goldeneye
2Hooded Merganser
108Common Merganser
42Red-breasted Merganser
1Spruce Grouse
3Common Loon
18Horned Grebe
7Red-necked Grebe
33Pelagic Cormorant
1Great Blue Heron
33Bald Eagle
1Northern Goshawk
26Rock Sandpiper
4Mew Gull
36Glaucous-winged Gull
1Herring Gull
12Marbled Murrelet
99Rock Pigeon
1Belted Kingfisher
7Downy Woodpecker
4Hairy Woodpecker
1Northern Shrike
18Steller's Jay
84Black-billed Magpie
228Northwestern Crow
180Common Raven
63Black-capped Chickadee
44Chestnut-backed Chickadee
26Red-breasted Nuthatch
1Brown Creeper
1Pacific Wren
4American Dipper
42Golden-crowned Kinglet
5Ruby-crowned Kinglet
10American Robin
1Varied Thrush
1European Starling
1Bohemian Waxwing
8American Tree Sparrow
6Fox Sparrow
5Song Sparrow
1White-crowned Sparrow
2Golden-crowned Sparrow
1White-throated Sparrow
1Swamp Sparrow
61Dark-eyed Junco
3Gray-crowned Rosy-finch
25Pine Grosbeak

Count Week: Snow Buntings, about 70, 2 Rusty Blackbirds, and 3 Gadwall.


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