Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Alaska Day 5: Ketchikan

Of all the cities that we visited, I did the least amount of birding in Ketchikan. This is one city that is just not easy to bird from a cruise ship. I know that if you have the chance to drive the roads on the outskirts of the city there are some magnificent birding opportunities, but there's not much close to the docks.

That said, I did still have a few good birds. I got a great photograph of a Red-breasted Sapsucker after my wife found it and called me over. It was only there a few seconds but I managed to snap three shots before it flew. I also finally got a great look at Townsend's Warbler. After having heard this species many times throughout the trip, it was very rewarding to get long looks at this beautiful warbler!

Other than those species, the birds were few and far between. I did manage to find two American Dippers along a creek and found my only Violet-green Swallow of the trip while at the Lumberjack Show.

We took a beautiful walk along Creek Street. Creek Street really isn't a street at all but a boardwalk with shops that follows a rushing creek. The creek in this area is known for its salmon runs, but we were there out of salmon season and therefore saw no salmon at all.

Below are a few of my pictures from our short time in Ketchikan.

Saw this shirt in a window and just had to take a picture.
Creek Street had a large brothel on it during Ketchikan's time as a logging town.

Red-breasted Sapsucker

City Park where I finally saw a Townsend's Warbler

Be sure to check back tomorrow to hear about my Orca watching trip in Victoria, British Columbia!


Lilli & Nevada said...

Beautiful bird and scenery
thanks for the stop over i will come back and check things out here. i am not very good with bird shots

Anonymous said...

Great shot of the sap sucker, the red breast really stands out. I am glad your Alaska adventure went well.