May 16-22. Birds, Bears & and so much ice in upper West Arm that we explored the supernatural East Arm for our Glacier day. We had a focus on birding this trip and Alan Burger (our guest ornithologist) helped us id 78 bird species as well as 11 mammals. Wandering tattlers, Greater White Fronted geese, Terns sitting on the water (very odd), Warblers and Thrushes of many types everywhere, Pacific Loons, Red throated Loon and Common loons all in the same place. 2 Different sightings of Adult Golden Eagles, something that greatly resembled a Turkey Vulture and the lovely Red Necked Phalaropes are just of the few we observed. And of course Alan’s lifelong study birds the Marbled and Kittlitz’s Murrelets. Dive bombing Jaegers and a furious aerial battle between a Jaeger and Arctic Tern. And then there were the Moose, Brown and Black Bears, Wolves and the Glorious Humpback whales to name a few of the mammals sighted. Average 72 degrees and sunny! Check out our photos here.
Posted in 2015, Adventure Memories
Tagged accessible vacations, adventure, alaska, alaska birding, alaska cruising, Alaska Kayaking, alaska photos, Alaska small ship cruises, Humpback Whales, Johns Hopkins Glacier
Well I did mention that May is stupendous and it was on all fronts. 75 degrees, sunny, Brown bears, Black bear with yearling cubs, Swimming Moose, Breaching Humpback whales, Sea Otters on ice bergs and Mountain Goats. A noisy huge glacier calving as we had an amazing paddle across Marjorie Glacier. And incredible birding especially with migrating species like Red Throated and Yellow Billed Loons. Best of all was a terrific group of folks on board from Craig. For photos from this adventure Click Here.
Glacier Bay has a maritime climate, heavily influenced by ocean currents. The result is mild winters and cool, moist summers near sea level. April, May and June are usually the driest months of the year, has the least amount of visitors, very long days and the bears are down low grazing the beaches. The skies, seas and rocky shores are filled with birds seeking nesting grounds or resting on their northward migration. Need we say more about the wonders of Glacier Bay in May!
The Sea Wolf crew (Kimber, Zach, Chuck, Beth, Chris & Hunter) are down in WA working with our shipwrights on the Sea Wolf’s winter maintenance projects. We are readying her for another incredible adventure season. It is hard to believe she will be 75 years old in 2016. This year our shipwrights Bob and Mary Cunningham and assorted contractors are are re corking and adding fasteners, 10,000, to her lovely 3″ thick planks, many of which are original Doug Fir from her navy build. We bought a standing dead Doug Fir tree in B.C. for future planking and her planned 2016 deck replacement. Zach & Chuck sorted through our 28,000 #’s of parts and miraculously found some original gears and pump (1941) that will bring her Hamilton diesel back to original configuration. This has been on our wish list for years :). Hunter will be joining us this week to start the project. Beth, Chris and Lara have been sanding, painting and varnishing until the good ship is glowing under all their love.painting her stem to stern and varnishing her beautiful woodwork. More photo’s to come.
Drumroll………. For our Sea Wolf Adventures great guest and crew adventure photos. They are a forever memory of an incredible summer which by the way is no where near over . To see all albums visit the SEA WOLF GALLERY.