Red Knots, Egg Islands, Gulf of Alaska

A Trip to Egg Islands


Mrs. WC’s friend, Milo Burcham, was kind enough to take WC out on his boat to Egg Islands to photograph Red Knots. That probably needs some explanation. Milo Burcham is a terrific nature photographer based out of Cordova, Alaska. WC can only wish he was as good at avian photography as Milo. Egg Islands are…

Western Sandpiper Flock, Hartney Bay, Alaska

WC Is Chasing Birds


It’s a rainforest, after all. But even by rainforest standards, there’s a lot of rain. Even the Bald Eagles look pissed off. The shorebirds, especially the sandpipers are moving through the east side of Prince William Sound. They stop to rest,and feed up, before heading on to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to breed. It’s an amazing…

Eurasian Starling, Ada County, Idaho

Aliens Among Us: Eurasian Starling


New York pharmacist Eugene Schieffelin was the chairman of the American Acclimatization Society, which tried to introduce every bird species mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare into North America. Unhappily, the Eurasian Starling is mentioned in Henry IV, Part I, when the hasty and intemperate Hotspur, annoyed with King Henry because he will not ransom Hotspur’s brother-in-law, Mortimer, says: He…