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  • Meghan
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    heyhey907
    Activity 3: The winter colors seem to be more subdued. Now I realize why the mallards always seem so flamboyant in the spring time when I typically can't remember them that way during other times of the year.
  • Meghan
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    heyhey907
    Activity 2: The year round residents in my area (Anchorage, Alaska), include the black-billed magpie, mallard and blackcapped chickadee, all of which I've seen. I also now understand that the dark-eyed junco is year round, so I will keep a look out in the winter for this charmer. Seasonal birds include the mew gull, arctic tern and red necked grebe, all of which I've seen. One pattern I notice is that the year round birds I see closer to my house and the season ones I see live in the lagoon/wetland a few blocks away. This lesson has been a good reflection on how the birds let me know what time of year it is, from the return of the gulls in the spring, the impending solstice and the early morning and late night song birds til the beginning of the Canada goose migration at of summer.
  • Meghan
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    heyhey907
    Great summary. I also enjoyed comparing the two birds to make inferences about what drives the migration and how large natural features acted as boundaries and edges, e.g. the Rockies, great, lakes, major water sheds....
  • Meghan
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    heyhey907
    Yay! this was a helpful section. I figured out how to use Ebird a little bit better, to look up the hot spot and then record a track of neighborhood nature trail and birdwatching area Spenard Crossing in Anchorage Alaska. I didn't know there had been 130 species recorded at this little gem! I was hoping to see a redhed, I'll have to go back. I saw 6 species on my walk.
  • Meghan
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    heyhey907
    For activity 1: I've been trying to identify the difference between a lesser and greater scaup. I think we have lesser scaups in the neighborhood lagoon because they don't have a noticeable feather bump on their heads. 3: Just this morning I saw a magpie try to beak my cherry tomato and starlings pecking for (aphids) on the grass underneath the birch tree. The chickadees and nuthatches prefer the feeder.
  • Meghan
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    heyhey907
    Yes, the loon! We recently went on a short canoe trail with my toddler and there was a pair on nearly every lake and still they made me pause. So beautiful.
  • Meghan
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    heyhey907
    Ditto on the junco being a sparrow! So interesting to learn. Thinking about the categories of birds already makes my bird watching more enjoyable. I see ducks and geese, robins, chickadees and nuthatches in my neighborhood. I think the black capped chickadee is my favorite. I watch them at the bird feeder on the window all year round and they make me appreciate the tenacity and beauty of life.
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