Alaska Birding, Sightseeing & Gold – Part 1

At the end of July 2018 my husband and I took a long anticipated trip to Alaska.  I took sooooo many photos.  It has taken me this long to edit my photos and post in my blog.

Village of Nome in the distance on the Bering Sea

Our trip was to stay at a gold camp in Nome, Alaska.  While Tim prospected for gold, I was going to do photography and birding.  Yay!

We flew first to Anchorage and stayed a couple nights.  We wanted to have one full day to drive the Seward Highway and play tourist.  As it must always be in Alaska, it was cloudy and rainy.  But we still went out to explore.

One of the many stunning views on the Seward Highway

I got my first new bird while parking for breakfast.  It was sitting on a light post.  A Glaucous-Winged Gull.  These gulls are quite large, much larger than the Ring-Billed Gulls at home.

Glaucous-Winged Gull

As we left Anchorage, our first stop was at Potter’s Marsh.  It’s a fabulous birding spot with lots of boardwalks through a shallow marsh. A very scenic place to bird.

Beautiful views from the boardwalks at Potter’s Marsh
Kelly doing what she loves most – photographing birds!

While there, my husband Tim spotted a moose deep in the grasses.  How exciting!  It’s only the 2nd time I’ve seen a wild moose.  Not a great photo, but still a great find!

Moose

I saw quite a few birds here.Ā  Most familiar to me back home but still a joy to see. But I also got some new birds – which is even more enjoyable!

Red-Necked Grebe
Northwestern Crow

Sadly, I saw a pair of Trumpeter Swans as we started down the Seward Highway.  This was a new bird for me, but I couldn’t get a photograph.  That highway is busy and narrow with very few places to stop.  So I was unable to get a photo.  šŸ™

We did stop at a few of the pullouts to take some scenic photos.Ā  So Beautiful!

One of the scenic stops along the Seward Highway – it was very windy!
A pretty little waterfall on the side of the raod

We stopped at one place to hike a beautiful trail along a river.Ā  Though it was cold and rainy, it will still so beautiful to get out and explore.

Tim and Kelly at a beautiful lake below a huge glacier
I love hiking on boardwalks

We stopped at a gold mine to see if we could pan a little gold. It was a beautiful place and I did find a few flakes. šŸ™‚

Kelly panning for gold
Tim talking to the owner while enjoying the stunning views

We had dinner in Anchorage. While searching for a place to eat, we came across a popular fishing hole right in town. The salmon were running and the people were catching them one after another.

Salmon fisherman in Anchorage

Sadly, we only had the one day to explore the Anchorage area. We left the next day for Nome. My next post will be about all the fabulous new species of birds I saw while staying in Nome.

12 thoughts on “Alaska Birding, Sightseeing & Gold – Part 1

  1. Wow Kelly, what a beautiful opportunity to explore Alaska. Looks like a great wetlands area, and that footbridge would have taken a lot of work to laminate the timber. The red-necked grebe are beautiful also. What a wonderful trip, and a little gold on the side.

    • Thank you Ashley! It was a wonderful trip! I felt so blessed to go. Cant wait to share Nome. I got so many beautiful bird photos and scenery there.

  2. What a lovely series, Kelly! Started reading it backwards and then came to the beginning. It seems to have been a beautiful trip, wonderful to see landscapes-seascapes, birds and other wildlife from there…I still have to do the trip.

    • Thank you Tiny! It was a wonderful trip! I highly recommend visiting Alaska. It has its own unique beauty and wildlife.

      • I have a girlfriend who wants to go to Alaska and I hope we can do that this year. Your post is a great inspiration!

      • Thank you so much Tiny! I’m going again this summer. This time to the interior near Fairbanks šŸ˜ I hope you guys get to go because it’s awesome birding.

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