WC has sadly neglected this years spring migration. A combination of work, illness and the press of other activities has kept WC out of the field. Which is a shame, for a variety of reasons, not the least of them that it’s pretty damn wonderful to watch the birds arrive in numbers after a long, cold, dark winter.
But Sunday WC made its down to the old Delta Barley Project southeast of Delta Junction, if only for a few hours. There weren’t any spectacular birds, but there were some old friends, freshly returned to Alaska.
As delightful as these birds are to see, WC reminds viewers that it’s important that you not disturb the birds when they have landed. The birds are exhausted; migration is hard work. They need to feed and rest. If you, in your attempt to see or photograph them, put them back up in the air they will get still more tired and exhausted. That makes them more susceptible to predation and disease. So please be careful.