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Sustina Writer’s Voice: The Murre Invasion – part two

Monday, January 18, 2016

Su Writer’s Voice, KTNA

January,2016

Murre Invasion-Part Two-Robin Song

I left off my last story- which was ‘part one’ of the “Murre Invasion”- heading back to my temporary residence in Willow after having spent December 30th in Talkeetna. Billy Fitzgerald and Tod Marder had taken some rescued Murres by snowmachine to an open lead of water in the Su, about a mile north of the Talkeetna river confluence. Originally I had been asked to take Murres to the Alaska Wild Bird Treatment Center in Houston, but because the birds were healthy and open water had been located, it was decided to release them back to the wild. Being pelagic diving birds with legs set well back on their bodies, they need water in order to take flight, although, in just the right conditions, they have been observed taking off from land, but it’s extremely difficult for them. Murre beside the Parks @ Caswell Lodgesafely in box

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Susitna Writer’s Voice – The Murre Invasion – part one

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Su Writer’s Voice, KTNA

January, 2016

Murre Invasion, Robin Song

Photos: Billy Fitzgerald

Last October I noticed a posting in our local Northern Susitna Birders group on the Internet about a sighting of a grounded Common Murre in the Talkeetna area. I thought that was odd. A seabird so far inland? What was that about? Over November and into December, a few more sporadic sightings were posted. I was intrigued.

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Another posting on December nineteenth: Starving Murres were being found all over South Central. Some were taken to the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage, rehabed and released in salt water. Dozens of Murres were reported in Seward- some washed up dead on shore, having starved. What was going on?IMG_8179 (more…)

Writer’s Voice- Wasilla Eagle’s Nest

Monday, January 4, 2016

Writer’s Voice, Nov.2015 ~Robin Song
Wasilla Eagle’s Nest

In the summer of 2014 I visited a Bald Eagle’s nest I know of in Wasilla. I’d been going to visit a nest site a few hundred yards north of it for years, but that nest had been abandoned and storms had taken it apart. Now a new nest had been built in a cottonwood and a new pair of eagles was raising their first clutch of two eaglets. I spent an hour photographing the birds, that first visit, with the dad sitting on a branch above the nest, waiting for his mate to return with food for the two hungry youngsters. I was just about to leave when the eaglets started calling in their high-pitched, squeaky voices, denoting they had spotted mom. I swung the camera up just in time to catch her coming in, a salmon clutched in her talons.

use this for sure--080614,mom returns with headless salmon

use this for sure--mom feeds fish to three eaglets,0626

Dad Eagle defending nest,060515

 

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Natural Observations – Wasilla Eagle’s Nest by Robin Song

Monday, December 28, 2015

Writer’s Voice, Nov.2015 ~Robin Song
Wasilla Eagle’s Nest

use this for sure--080614,mom returns with headless salmonuse this for sure--mom feeds fish to three eaglets,0626Dad Eagle defending nest,060515

In the summer of 2014 I visited a Bald Eagle’s nest I know of in Wasilla. I’d been going to visit a nest site a few hundred yards north of it for years, but that nest had been abandoned and storms had taken it apart. Now a new nest had been built in a cottonwood and a new pair of eagles was raising their first clutch of two eaglets. I spent an hour photographing the birds, that first visit, with the dad sitting on a branch above the nest, waiting for his mate to return with food for the two hungry youngsters. I was just about to leave when the eaglets started calling in their high-pitched, squeaky voices, denoting they had spotted mom. I swung the camera up just in time to catch her coming in, a salmon clutched in her talons.

 

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Natural Observations – “Osprey Nest” by Robin Song

Monday, December 21, 2015

Spectacular Nests of 2015-part 1

My last story involved a nest of Blackpoll Warblers whose nestlings did not survive to fledge. I wanted to have this story be about two nests I observed that same summer who had spectacular survivals. Because there is a lot to tell about each family, I will divide it into two segments.
3-mom returns to nest after sending dad to get food
052615-dad lands on the yearling
dad leaves yrlng,joins female on nest

This first story is about an Osprey nest located atop an A T & T tower near the Capitol Raceway, west of the Parks highway, at mile 75. It is a fairly recent nest, having been there only a few years. I noticed it three years ago, and pull off the observe its progress whenever I make a trip to Wasilla. I noted this year that someone had applied spikes to the horizontal bars atop the tower, no doubt to dissuade the birds from building their nest there. However, the birds do not use the horizontal bars. Rather, they perch on the tall vertical poles at each corner, which gives them the best lookout in all directions. The nest was built in the center of the tower, where there were no spikes. The birds drop down onto the nest from the poles. So whomever erected all those spikes went to a lot of trouble for nothing.

 

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Susitna Writer’s Voice–“The First Words”, by Arthur Mannix

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Elbow Pass?

In this essay, we go back in time to an evening when Talkeetna writers gathered in the dirt-floored and chicken-wired Hangar, and way, way back to the dawn of the elements of language itself.

 

Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Leonid_Meteor_Storm_1833

An artist’s impression of the Leonid meteor storm of 1833, over Niagara Falls

A history of human perception and prediction

of the Leonid meteor shower,

with updates on the activities

of La Luna, and the “dance of the planets”

in the morning sky.

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Lessons from a Nest”, by Robin Song

Sunday, November 8, 2015

 

This story does not have a “…and they lived happily ever after” ending. It’s more in the vein of “harsh reality”, so please be forewarned. I want to tell the story because of what I learned from the birds involved. I wish to honor their amazing dedication and tenacity in the face of overwhelming challenges.

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Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Kathleen for StarDate

How the dynamic planet dance in the pre-dawn sky is choreographed, and more!

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