Insufficient Understanding of Northern Wheatear Behavior

A Few Words About Bird Photography


One of WC’s readers asked, reasonably enough, how you get photographs of the dinky little birds that breed in Interior Alaska. Well, WC isn’t much more than an enthusiastic amateur, but there are five things you need to photograph birds. 1. The Right Equipment. It may be possible to take good bird photos with a point-and-shoot…

White-winged Crossbill Male, Nabesna Road

Specialized Tools


Many finches have specialized bills. Grosbeaks, for example, have large, heavy bills for cracking nuts and seeds. But among North American birds, the some of the most highly specialized bills are found in Crossbills. Their upper and lower bills cross over, in a kind of combination of scissors and tweezers. The bills allow them to…

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Chatanika Tailings, Steese Highway

Chasing Birds. Sort Of.


Some birders pursue their list of species seen with a lot of zeal. Life lists. State lists. Year lists. They’ll travel a long ways, sometimes thousands of miles, to get a species to add to their lists. Birders call those types chasers. WC isn’t a hard core chaser. But the reports of Yellow-bellied Flycatchers on the…

Great Grey Owl Juvenile, Nabesna Road, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Another Roadside Attraction


WC and Mrs. WC spent the 4th of July weekend on the Nabesna Road, on the north side of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. As an effort to avoid dog-traumatizing fireworks, the trip was unsuccessful. The in-holder whose property adjoins the otherwise excellent Kendesnii Campground turned out to have a large stockpile of fireworks. But as a birding…