Hues of blue and purple flash in this mallard drake’s green head as it puts on the air brakes and … Continue reading Dropping In: Mallard prepares to stick the landing.
There were more birds than I could reliably identify. Godwits, dowitchers, sandpipers of several varieties. Also, plovers of at least … Continue reading A Snow Flurry in Shorebird Heaven
A pair of willow ptarmigan paused for the camera last week in Southcentral Alaska. Members of the grouse family, willow … Continue reading Love in the Willows
… oh, and the red-necked grebes are back in town. One day you’re on snowshoes chasing willow ptarmigan in the … Continue reading One Good Tern Serves Another …
I hadn’t visited the mountains in search of ptarmigan since the third week of March. Then, deep snows had settled … Continue reading Ptarmigan Ptuesday
Text and photos by Ken Marsh. Goldeneyes are hardy birds. Stout and solidly built, they’re “Alaska tough,” waterproof by design … Continue reading The Tough Guy with the Goldeneye
Photos by Ken Marsh Part the icebergs, trumpeter swans are returning to Southcentral Alaska. These first-of-spring arrivals form the point … Continue reading Sound the Trumpets!
Not all Alaska ducks fly south for the winter. If food and open water are available hardy waterfowl such as … Continue reading Mallards in the Snow
Behold the bohemian waxwing, a lovely bird deserving much better than my reckless punnery. Common this time of year in … Continue reading Waxwing Poetic
No luck this morning on my annual quest for Morchella, but it’s early yet. The springtime dance has barely started here at north latitude 61.2 degrees. We’re getting close, though. The birch buds are just one sunny afternoon away from popping the country into an explosion of green. The morels will appear soon after, but for now signs of the season can be found in the arrival of winged things. Continue reading Spring Update: Waterfowl