Thursday, June 16, 2011

Along "The Richardson"

 ["Myrtle" Yellow-rumped Warbler feeding young.]

I've been meaning all trip to get good photos of the "common" stuff up here, like Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler and Gray-cheeked Thrush, and never managed it, and won't , because I'm up in Barrow now. I had a Yellow-rumped Warbler building a nest right outside my tent in Paxson, too.

Part of the story of interior Alaska is that it's the east - the Yellow-rumped is Myrtle, not Audubon's; The Fox Sparrow is Taiga, not Sooty; the medium sized grebe is Horned, not Eared (as pointed out by Audie, our host at Denali Highway Cabins.] The Yellow-rumped pictured may well migrate to Cape May or Chincoteague to winter.

[Harlan's Hawk, another easterner, sort of. Check out this bird's range map, breeding in AK, wintering in the south-centeral U.S. Note the unbanded tail and streaky throat.] 

[Summer training for these dogs means pulling an ATV uphill.]

[The famous and controversial (at least when it was built) Alyeska pipeline. It's 4 feet in diameter.]

[This is the tent Mark made me stay in while at Denali Highway Cabins ;>) - that's the Gulkana River, a Sockeye Salmon spawning stream.] 

[Aurora and Borealis sing us a goodbye song, while Jenny accompanies on harmonica and Audie looks on.]

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