Here’s a picture from two springs ago, which is NOT at all what this spring has been like! I think this is the winter that Anchorage will break the record for the least snowfall.
Alaska is full of seasonal delights. The other day my husband and I were throwing a Frisbee in the yard as a quick break, and we stopped when we heard a strange yet somehow familiar sound. We finally spotted two pairs of birds flying high in the sky, headed west from the mountains. Then my husband remembered what the sound was; they were sandhill cranes! This is the time of year they migrate here, and many eyes watch eagerly for them. We lived near an estuary on the Anchorage coastline last spring, and we got to watch these birds during mating season. You can hear their unique call at this site.
Here are a couple photos I took a while back of a red crossbill. These birds are gorgeous! Their songs are so cheerful, as well, and they bring bright beauty to white winter landscapes.
What is your favorite bird in springtime?