Temps in the 40s, mostly cloudy, occasional light shower, Wind N 10-15 mph
In the 13 years that we have been coming to Adak, we had never seen an adult-plumaged Slaty-backed Gull until this past May.
Today we had two of them. The first was out on Clam Lagoon. Not very close, but close enough.
We initially saw it from the west side. When we got around to the east side, it was still there, but just as far out.
We headed back up to the Seawall. We had only one Sanderling there. But, at the spot where the Sanderlings were yesterday, there was a small flock of gulls — including another Slaty-backed! They flew as soon as we pulled up, but I got flight shots.
They flew up to the Breaches, so we went up there and got some more photos.
That made our Trip List 56 — two better than average.
Our Year’s List remained at 94!
The most frustrating event of the day was seeing the cuckoo again! We thought it had gone, but as we were driving back from the lagoon towards the Palisades, it flew from the roadside again and down to the spruce grove as it did a few days ago. Needless to say, I couldn’t jump out of the car quick enough to get flight photos. Oh well…
This was a great trip anyway.
2 lifers — Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (a first record for Adak) and Gray-streaked Flycatcher.
Two second records for Adak – Golden-crowned Sparrow and Gray-streaked Flycatcher.
Our third Little Stint
Our second Cuckoo (of indeterminate species).
A record Year’s List.
Our trip home was uneventful.
We will be back next May.