Right now I'm at Cooper Landing Alaska, half way between Anchorage and Homer and we'll be spending the night here.
What an amazing day today - not only were the birds incredible, I got to see wild Dall Sheep, Moose, Black Bear, and orphaned/injured rehabilitated animals at the Alaska Wildlife Rehabilitation Center such as Bison, Musk Ox, Kodiak Bears, Caribou and more.
Today I got 4 of my chief Alaska targets. First off as we were driving just out of Anchorage I spotted a swan and identified it as a Tundra. One of my favorite birds but first one of the year. A little ways past that I was parked in a roadside parking lot and found a woodpecker and identified it as an American Three-toed. Year bird and one of my chief Alaska targets. Then as we were driving I spotted some common gulls and then I spotted a tern - Arctic Tern! and got some great looks. What a special life bird! Once we got to our waterside place at Cooper Landing I spotted a duck flying up river and put my binoculars on it. Goldeneye! Barrow's Goldeneye! Life bird.
How amazing Alaska is treating me for birds! I had hoped for 20-30 year birds during my whole 3 week trip and I already have an amazing 13 after 48 hours! Current year count is 334.
What a great day.