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Favorite Ketchikan Birds
By Craig Moen


December 05, 2007
Wednesday AM

Since I was quite young I've had a fascination with how many different kinds of birds there are. My favorites growing up in Minnesota were the loon, pheasant, red-winged blackbird, and chickadee. The last several years here in Alaska have added the raven and eagle to the list. Most recently in Ketchikan it's the red-necked 4-wheeler.

Seems their habitat is primarily urban, but they enjoy congregating in readily accessible forest areas where their rather loud and macho calls overwhelm all other sounds of nature. Their tracks often reflect the difficulty they have in navigating water-soaked bogs or trying to cross stretches of muskeg. An occasional beer can squished into their path indicates their preferred food, and you'll often find them perched on the back of pickup trucks whose engines are even louder.

A hiker would be well advised to keep their distance from them and avoid altogether areas where they are known to frequent. They pose no danger other than to themselves.

Craig Moen
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Amateur ornithologist. Have hiked most but not all trails in the area."

Received December 03, 2007 - Published December 05, 2007


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