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  • Ospreys in Alaska and Mexico shows a few images taken in Alaska and a video of a pair tending their nest in Baja California during the month of February in 2020.
  • Although Osprey occur throughout most of Alaska and have been documented as breeding in most regions they are considered rare. 
  • I suspect their rarity here relates in part to the abundance of Bald Eagles which try to steal the fish that Ospreys catch.
  • I once watched a pair of Ospreys trying to nest in the Juneau area. Bald Eagles frequently would attack and steal their fish. On occasion the Osprey would fly higher and higher and the eagle would eventually give up. The Ospreys eventually abandoned their nest.
  • To see their status in Alaska look at page 95 in Guide to the Birds of Alaska 6th Edition.
  • In many of the coastal areas of Mexico they put up platforms for Ospreys to build their nests on. On our last visit we were fortunate to have one nest close to a place we were staying. It was a wonderful experience to watch the parents taking care of their chicks.
  • Snoozing in the cold is a video showing mallards, Canada geese, Trumpeter Swans, least sandpipers, and rock sandpipers sleeping on snow and ice, and when its very cold out.
  • For information about how waterfowl stay warm in winter look at Waterfowl in Winter by Bob Armstrong and Marge Hermans
  • Red-breasted Merganser Courtship is a video taken in the Juneau area on April 14, 2020. 
  • It shows some of the behavior of the male mergansers when courting the females.
  • For good information about this behavior look at Craik, S., J. Pearce, and R. D. Titman (2020). Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.
  • In this report you can see this illustration which shows the postures in this video.
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  • Columbia Spotted Frog is a video I took of them during their courtship behavior and egg laying in the Juneau area on May 5, 2020. 
  • In our survey of amphibians in the Juneau area in 2003 we only found a small number of them. They were all at the community gardens. At this time we observed no tadpoles or eggs. 
  • To see the specifics of this study look at Habitat Use of Amphibians in Southeast Alaska and go to page 59.
  • In the years after this survey I have noticed them breeding in the Old River Channel and at Norton Lake.
  • This recent observation indicates a considerable spread in distribution throughout this area.
  • To learn about these frogs look at Columbia Spotted Frog (Rana luteiventris formerly R. pretiosa): A Technical Conservation Assessment /sites/default/files/stelprdb5182077.pdf
  • And the article by Mary Willson on Spotted Frogs in the Wild
  • A Song Sparrows Nest shows a nest in Juneau, Alaska from eggs to the eventual fledging of the youngsters. 
  • The eggs hatched on May 8 and the youngsters left the nest 10 days later on May 18. 
  • For a quick review of their status in Alaska look at /sites/default/files/song%20sparrow%20from%20book.JPG
  • For good information about Song Sparrows look at Arcese, P., M. K. Sogge, A. B. Marr, and M. A. Patten (2020). Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.