Shorebirds coming to Wrangell!
After three weeks since arriving in Wrangell, the first shorebirds have finally arrived to our little island. It not like our sightings out in San Diego with an abundance of shorebird species landing in numerous flocks, but seeing two species of shorebirds is a good indicator that more will be arriving to Alaska soon. From my shorebird surveys these past few days, I have been able to identify a small flock of killdeers that arrived in pairs, and then a large group of black turnstones that roosted on logs near houses by the water or harbors. Sometimes at night, you can hear the killdeers calling out to one another in loud vocal chirps that can carry all the way down into town. Another marvel this week is that on March 22, 2016, I went out with the eagle group again on the plane and was able to take pictures of over a thousand eagles, and to Joe’s and Martin’s surprise, hundreds of seals resting on exposed mudflats or in a feeding frenzy in the water. They said they never seen that many seals in the Stikine River in such large numbers, which makes me wonder if these record breaking encounters are a gift from the wildlife of Tongass – giving me spectacular sights that I will remember forever. I would like to thank Martin for the great picture he took of this giant gathering of seals on the beach, and that only covers half of the giant group gathered on this mudflat.