Parasitic Jaeger on a Nest, Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge

Bird of the Week – Parasitic Jaeger


Back in June, we looked at a Long-tailed Jaeger. This is one of that species’ relatives, the Parasitic Jaeger. Even among gulls and jaegers, Parasitic Jaegers are unsavory characters. A major part of their diet is obtained through kleptoparasitism. They steal food from other birds, either by harassing the other birds till they drop if or, if…

Yellow Wagtail, Chevak, Alaska

Bird of the Week – Yellow Wagtail


In the Western Hemisphere, the Yellow Wagtail’s range is restricted to Western Alaska and the North Slope east to the MacKenzie River in Canada. Science – specifically, the American Ornithological Union – has recently determined that the North American population is a separate species from the more widespread Asian population. The decision to create two…

Osprey, North Pole, Alaska

Bird of the Week – Osprey


Osprey are comparative newcomers to Interior Alaska. Note those talons, among the longest among all birds. The Osprey feeds almost exclusively on fish – another name for them is Fishhawk – and however slippery a fish might be, it’s unlikely to escape those talons. Osprey need about 100-115 days to raise their kids:  Three days from…

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Bird Photography: Sora Loser


Among the very toughest birds to photograph are the birds of the rail family. Among those rails, the Sora is one of the “eaiser” birds. You couldn’t prove that by WC. Last week, WC was in Camas Prairie,1 returning from the Sawtooths. While the Centennial Marsh there is drying out as summer progresses, there’s still…