The last five years have been good to birders on the Kenai Peninsula. Since April 2008, 11 species have been added to the peninsula’s list. Five of them are species from the Old World; six of them hail from North America. At least six of them were chaseable to some degree. One, the Redwing, was also a new species for Alaska. Six of these records have been previously mentioned on this website; click on the species name for more details. For four of the species that haven’t been previously mentioned on this site I’ve included the photos here.
The last 11 additions to the Kenai Peninsula’s List listed in reverse chronological order.
#. Species: the details (finder).
1. Skylark: one at Deep Creek, 18-22 October 2012 (Steve Waltz).
2. Willet: one near the mouth of the Kenai River, 22-30 June 2012 (Toby A. Burke).
Willet Tringa semipalmata, Kenai River Flats, 22 June 2012. Photo by Laura K. Burke.
3. Redwing: one at Lowell Point, Seward, 15-26 November 2011 (Jim Herbert).
4. Long-billed Murrelet: one in Kachemak Bay, 2 June 2011 (Karl Stolzfus).
5. Western Meadowlark: one in Homer, 4 February-27 March 2011 (Jackie McDonough).
6. Turkey Vulture: one along the coast near the Anchor River, 19 November 2010 (Lauren Trimble).
7. Jack Snipe: one in Beluga Slough, Homer, 16 October 2010 (Aaron J. Lang)
8. Lesser Black-backed Gull: one at the mouth of the Anchor River, 7 July 2010 (Truls Anderson).
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus, near the mouth of the Anchor River, 7 July 2010. Photo by Truls Anderson.
9. Eurasian Collared-Dove: one at Peterson Bay (across Kachemak Bay from Homer), 2 July 2009 (William Farr).
Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto, Peterson Bay Field Station, Kachemak Bay 2 July 2009. Photo by William Farr.
10. Western Kingbird: one in Seward, 23-28 July 2008 (Kim ?).
11. Spotted Towhee: one at Seaside Farms, Homer, 13 April 2008 (Mossy Kilcher).
Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus, Seaside Farms, Homer, 13 April 2008. Photo by Mossy Kilcher.
What will the next species for the Kenai Peninsula be? I have a few ideas about that…stay tuned for a future post.