I reached the chalet and started inside for a trail map. On the door was a sign warning visitors to beware of a very aggressive female moose with her calf that had been roaming the woods. I grabbed a map and headed out on one of the shorter trails near the park entrance. I didn't get very far. I saw a Swainson's Thrush, a few Robins, several Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Blackpoll Warbler. And then there was a female moose ahead on the path. I didn't hang around to find out if it was THE female from the warning sign. I bailed out and decided it was time to eat and relax for a bit.
There was one other incident from the morning I neglected to mention. I watched a bit of aerial combat between a Common Raven and a Northern Goshawk. The Raven ceded the battlefield to the Goshawk and beat a hasty retreat despite a slight advantage in size. Very cool.
By the end of the first full day of birding, I had nine lifers: Black-billed Magpie, Glaucous-winged Gull, Cackling Goose, Mew Gull, Violet-green Swallow, Common Redpoll, Northern Goshawk, Varied Thrush and American Three-toed Woodpecker.
I'll try to get another blog out in the next two days. Here's a preview: On Friday I had only 19 species, but six of them were lifers. I saw what may be the most beautiful spot I've ever seen, and a I had a lynx between me and my car!
|Looking east from Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage|