Saturday, June 23, 2012

Creamers Field Birding - Saturday June 23, Fairbanks

Creamer's Field is a former dairy that has become an important place for both local and migrating birds to stop coming north and going south. This was formerly a daily farm. The owners decided to sell it and the people of the city of Fairbanks decided to buy it. Later the AK F&G took over the operation and added about another 1500 acres. This is important for the both the local Airport, Eielson AFB and Ft. Wainwright Army base as it helps contain the birds in an area and out of the flight paths for the planes.

Any given time you will see Sandhill Cranes and Canada Geese grazing in the fields. There are Cliff and Tree Swallows flying low over the ponds and grasses gathering insects. The Robins are quite plentiful gathering insects also. There are White-Crowned Sparrows, Yellow Warblers, Townsend's Warblers, and several species of Thrush and I have difficulty with their songs. Currently the little birds are nesting and they are hard to see...well except for the swallows and you can see the Cliffies on the side of the barn and Tree's are in the boxes in the fields. You only see the others when they deem it prudent to let you.

Townsend's Warbler

Cliffie sitting patiently on eggs

Two areas Wetlands to the left and Boreal forest to the right



Creamer's from the front


The small pond out front with mostly immature Sandhill Cranes. Lots of swallows flying over the water for skeeters.


 

3 comments:

  1. Loved the photo of the Townsend's Warbler. Looks like a professional magazine shot.

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    1. Janet, I feel sure that if we had been two weeks earlier, that the migrating and displaying birds would have been fantastic. They were great but many were nesting and so that were not showing themselves. Thanks for the comment.

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