Ben Lagasse and I went on a lengthy tour of Anchorage for the majority of the day today. We mainly checked different neighborhoods for fruit-eating birds and finches (Government Hill, Jewel Lake, etc.) as well as several open water spots for waterfowl (many Ship and Chester Creek locations and Cuddy Pond). I can't say we found anything new and exciting, but our highlights follow.
The two WILSON'S SNIPE continue at the settling pond by Overlook Park along with the female GREEN-WINGED TEAL. The snipe were flushed from the mucky east end of the settling pond, although I did not encounter them there on 2/7. The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE is still around at Spenard Crossing and we also had a few PINE SISKINs fly over in the adjacent birdy neighborhood (near Bunker and W 19th). Lastly, the two NORTHERN HAWK OWLs also continue at their respective winter territories (Lake Hood Drive and Helio Place near the airport and Southport Park). They seem quite faithful to these two relatively small areas.