A couple of things I forgot to mention in yesterday’s report.
The Red-necked Stint was “unfortunate” because we had a breeding plumage Red-necked Stint last spring (in fact only about 50 yards from where we found yesterday’s bird!). So it wasn’t even an Adak bird for us. It was a semi-lifer though, as we had never seen a juvenile.
You can see photos of last May’s birds at:
Also, yesterday, while scanning the bay from Palisades Lookout, Frank spotted a feeding frenzy off Zeto Point. He put the scope on it and, although most of the birds were Glaucous-winged Gulls, there were a few Fulmars there as well. This was an Adak bird for Frank. Barb had seen many Fulmars off Adak on a boat trip several years earlier.
Later, while scanning from the seawall off Clam Lagoon, Frank was able to pick out hundreds of Short-tailed Shearwaters WAY out. Visible only through the scope. On easterly winds, these streams of shearwaters can be visible with binoculars and identifiable in the scope. There are usually a few Layson Albatross mixed in.
You can get a full overview of birding Adak, photos, maps, and more at our home page www.franklinhaas.com. Just click on Birding Adak.