What was remarkable to birders during this year’s Talkeetna-Trapper Creek Birdathon was the contrast between the summer-like temperatures around seventy degrees, and lack of birdsong variety, even though the trees were beginning to leaf out. Participants also theorized about the cause of the hazy skies, and slapped at large numbers of snow mosquitoes. The twenty-four hour event, in its twenty-second year, is an informal competition, as well as a group effort, to find all the resident and migrating bird species within the count circle.
Thirty-three birders turned in a group total of 61 species. “Green” birders Bill FitzGerald and Robert Ambrose biked and hiked their way to the crowns, with 40 species, one more than their closest competitors.