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Turkey bunch

A big flock of wild turkeys (hens and this year’s poults) cam by the Moultrie 1100i.

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Baby gulls want some food

I believe these are mew gulls, and they had three chicks that wandered among the landscaping rocks and spruce trees at the lodge at Denali National Park.

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One of the best parts of my Alaska trip was a float down the Chilkat River on a raft. The Chilkat River is home to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, not far from the town of Haines. (Skagway is the nearest “big town.”)

It has the largest concentration of bald eagles of any place in the world. They are even more densely packed in winter, but in summer, they are thick. I bet we saw 25 eagles in the span of about two hours.

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Nest:

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Juvenile eagle:

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And if you don’t get the reference:

I also saw an arctic tern on the river. This is a bird I remember my grandma reading to me about, which flies from the antarctic to the arctic every year.  It has the longest migration of any bird, and unfortunately, I didn’t get a good photo of it.

But it was on my bucket list.

 

 

 

 

 

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She’s pretty well-hidden:

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On the nest, glowering

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I don’t know how strong her brooding instinct is. Pekins usually don’t have enough to hatch out their own ducklings, but she’s got a nest in a brush pile.

The father would be a Rouen drake, so the ducklings will be of many colors.

 

 

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A red-shouldered hawk comes by to eat chicken livers left out for coyotes and foxes:

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April snow

This is what I woke up to this morning.

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