Birdwatching

Volunteers deliver trash and recyclables for the annual Cleanup Day on Saturday afternoon at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. About 800 bags of trash were picked up.-Photo by Aaron Carpenter, Homer News

Homer’s Best Bets

After decades living in Homer, the Betster can finally admit it. Yours truly has succumbed to birder fever. Consider the evidence: bird nerd sweatshirt by… Continue reading

 

Alaskans’ help sought in Rusty Blackbird research

Through May 31, Alaskans can use their binoculars to help birds — by reporting sightings of Rusty Blackbirds for the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz.… Continue reading

 

Birders propose actions to protect area bird habitat

(Editor’s Note: The following recently was presented as Kachemak Bay Birders’ testimony to the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission and submitted as a Point of… Continue reading

 

A Townsend’s solitaire was one of the rarer birds seen in the count.-Photo by Tami Reiser

Bird count: 67 species, almost 9,500 birds

Homer’s Audubon Christmas Bird Count was held Dec. 20, and it was a beautiful, warm, calm day. There were 67 species seen that day and… Continue reading

A Townsend’s solitaire was one of the rarer birds seen in the count.-Photo by Tami Reiser
Photo by David Hanson

Birders seek to identify mysterious Spit bird

The Kachemak Bay Birders are seeking help in identifying this mystery bird photographed by visitor David Hanson on June 6 on a roof near Spit… Continue reading

Photo by David Hanson
Eryn Field, left, and her mother, Carmen Field are getting ready for the 22nd annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. Eryn, 8, has been in the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival’s Junior Birder program for seven years and will “fledge” this year.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Birding for beginners

Getting started in birding can be intimidating. When experienced birders show up this week for the 22nd annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, with all their… Continue reading

Eryn Field, left, and her mother, Carmen Field are getting ready for the 22nd annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. Eryn, 8, has been in the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival’s Junior Birder program for seven years and will “fledge” this year.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

It’s not just about birds

Already the shorebirds have arrived. Dunlins, dowitchers, surfbirds, sandpipers, yellowlegs, in ones and twos and hundreds they’ve been swooping in on Mud Bay and Beluga… Continue reading

Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

A bird to brighten up the winter

A gray-capped rosy finch feeds at a bird feeder on Diamond Ridge last Saturday. The blue behind it is a tarp on a woodshed. The… Continue reading

Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Neil Hayward took the photo of the rustic bunting, left, with a junco, while visiting in Homer.-Photo provided

Birder achieves Big Year in Homer

A wayward Siberian bird seen last month not only caught the attention of local and Alaska birders, it brought another visitor thousands of miles just… Continue reading

Neil Hayward took the photo of the rustic bunting, left, with a junco, while visiting in Homer.-Photo provided
A great gray owl perches in an alder bush off West Hill Road in Homer last year.-Photo by Michael Armstrong,  Homer News

Homer Christmas bird count part of national tradition

Oh sure, it’s easy to count and identify birds during the balmy spring days of the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. In winter, when Homer only… Continue reading

A great gray owl perches in an alder bush off West Hill Road in Homer last year.-Photo by Michael Armstrong,  Homer News
Swans glide across Beluga Lake.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsy, Homer News

Birding, wildlife van tour a great way to see ‘home’

“You can’t see the forest for the trees” is a great description for what happens when you live in a place for long. The day-to-day… Continue reading

Swans glide across Beluga Lake.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsy, Homer News

Birders grateful for Challenge prizes

The Kachemak Bay Birders would like to thank the following list of donors for providing wonderful prizes for our Big Spit PLUS Challenge birding event… Continue reading

Dunlins and western sandpipers fly over Mud Bay last Saturday.-Photos by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

21st Annual Shorebird Festival: birds might be bouncing back

If visitors to the 21st annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival thought they might have been skunked last Thursday with relatively few western sandpipers showing up,… Continue reading

Dunlins and western sandpipers fly over Mud Bay last Saturday.-Photos by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Joanne Thordarson, left, and Betty Siegel, right, look for birds last Friday at Mud Bay on the Homer Spit.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Birding: It’s for anyone, anywhere

“The birds are always out there waiting for us to notice them,” said Jeffrey Gordon, this year’s keynote speaker at the 21st annual Kachemak Bay… Continue reading

Joanne Thordarson, left, and Betty Siegel, right, look for birds last Friday at Mud Bay on the Homer Spit.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

21st Shorebird Fest Starting Out Strong

The 21st annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival has started with a junior birders discovery lab held Wednesday morning. The festival kicks into gear today with… Continue reading

Big show

A great gray owl sits on a downed spruce tree just off West Hill Road early Monday evening. The owl caused a small traffic jam… Continue reading

Announcements

The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its board meeting at 7 p.m. today at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave. (Mile 12… Continue reading

A common redpoll feeds at a suet block.-Photos by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Great Backyard Bird Count part of citizen science

It began and ended with a murder of crows.Wait -- I don't mean "murder" as in killing crows, but "murder" as in the traditional name… Continue reading

A common redpoll feeds at a suet block.-Photos by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Announcements

The Kachemak Bay Birders' next regular meeting is 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Following the meeting, Betty Siegel will… Continue reading

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