VALLEY - COMMON WINTER BIRDS
winter in the Alaska's forests and backyards. Several of the most
common and easy to spot are:
gárrulus), about 6 1/4 inches long. In the winter travel
in flocks eating wild berries such as Highbush Cranberries, and
berries on ornamental shrubs such as Mountain Ash and Black Currant.
Identifiable by long crest, black "mask" and yellow band
at end of tail.
Gray Owl (Strix
nebulosa), about 24-33 inches long. Habitat: coniferous and
deciduous forest and forest edges. Hunts for small rodents. Has
yellow eyes and gray circles on its face.
Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator), about 9 inches long, lives
in the Spruce forests of the Matanuska Valley. They travel in small
flocks and feed on buds and fruits of trees as well as black sunflower
seeds in bird feeders. The male can be quite red while the female
is more brownish with a yellowish-russet head and tail patch.
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The Black-Capped Chickadee:
The Chickadee is a seed eater which winters in flocks
that establish territories. The chickadee has several distinctive
calls, one of which you can here by clicking on the button above.
The Common Redpoll, also a seed
eater, winters in the northern forests in large flocks. In late
winter large, noisy flocks may pass through the forest near your
house. Click on the button to hear a flock north of Palmer on March
20, 1997 at 8:30 a.m. The Redpoll's distinctive marking is a red
patch on top of its head.
Woodpecker is a small, shy woodpecker which
can be spotted singly or in pairs, sometimes traveling near flocks
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This page last updated January 13, 2011