Seward was inundated with seasonal visitors this weekend, but I’m not talking about the two legged tourist type that typically start appearing about now. Actually, there really weren’t any tourists in town with the Seward Highway closed all weekend. No, we received hundreds, if not thousands of birds this weekend! We went from very few birds, to huge flocks in just a couple of days. The transformation this time of year is a treat to watch.
The most exciting to me were the Sandhill Cranes. You could see and hear large flocks working their way up Resurrection Bay. Most of the large flocks stopped for a quick bite to eat before moving on. There were also large numbers of White-fronted and Canadian Geese, and lots of ducks, especially Northern Pintails, and even a couple of swans.