Web posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002

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Eagles are a common sight on the Homer Spit, especially in winter when they are fed by "the Eagle Lady."

For bird reports, call 235-PEEP

Kachemak Bay teems with birds. Year around, bird watchers can enjoy viewing a wide variety of species.

Springtime features a breathtaking shorebird migration, with approximately 100,000 shorebirds passing through the region the first two weeks of May every year. The largest such migration on the road system in Alaska, it will be celebrated during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, which this year is May 9-12.

Seabirds congregate on Gull Island and other rock outcroppings of Kachemak Bay during the summer. These rookeries are busy nesting areas and easily accessible through charter operators offering frequent, affordable trips.

Fall also is accompanied by groups of migrating shorebirds, and winter is ushered in with the arrival of sea ducks, eiders and loons that winter here. While present year around, the majestic bald eagle congregates on the Homer Spit every winter, particularly when Homer's "Eagle Lady" begins her feedings.

A helpful feature for avid birders is the Kachemak Bay Birdwatchers Hotline. Information regarding recent sightings, birding activities and events can be obtained, and messages regarding personal sightings may be left. The hotline number is 235-7337 (235-PEEP).

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Students are among the many who congregate on the Homer Spit every May for the annual shorebird migration.

Homer bird watchers also participate in the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas bird count, in which as many as 8,788 birds and 58 species have been counted, including black guillemot, Steller's eider, yellow-billed loon, marbled murrelet, red-faced cormorant, common redpoll, murre and loon.