Temp in the 50s, mostly sunny, wind NW 10-15 mph
Except for a brief shower at dawn — which created the following rainbow — this was the most precipitation-free day so far.
Note: this satisfies the annual rainbow photograph quota for 2016.
At Sweeper Cove, two Emperor Geese flew over — apparently not the ones we saw the other day, as there was no juvenile with them.
At Sweeper Channel, there were a couple of cooperative wigeon.
The number of Eurasian Wigeon are slowly increasing this trip, but have not yet exploded like last September’s trip, when the number tripled overnight.
At Clam Lagoon, there were two Western Sandpipers and two Sanderlings out on the flats.
At the Seawall, the shearwaters were mostly far out, with an occasional few coming within binocular range. With good viewing conditions, we spent a lot of time scanning the birds at the horizon, looking for albatrosses. No luck!
At Lake Shirley, the Peregrine made another appearance, this time sitting for a while.
No new birds today.
The trip list remains at 49.
PS: When we mention that this or that bird has not been seen by us the last few trips, etc., keep in mind that we are on the island only two weeks in May and two weeks in September each year. That leaves eleven months with no birders out here recording the birdlife. It was different when Isaac lived here for five years, but not now. So we are just recording a glimpse of the birdlife on Adak each trip.