Thursday, Sept 15, 2011

Bad weather, good birds. Good weather, no birds!

After three days of wind, rain, and clouds, today dawned bright, sunny, and calm. The calm changed through the day, but the bright and sunny did not.

We found fewer shorebirds today and the only rarity still here was the Red-necked Stint. We could not find either Common Sandpiper, the Ruff, or the Little Stint. Even the Red-necked’s companion Westerns were gone.

It was a nice day for taking pictures, but that was about it.

Isaac found a “Japonicus” American Pipit (we did not see it) and saw several interesting passerines flying by, but neither he nor we could find any on the ground.

So here are some pictures of common stuff.

"Aleutian" Pacific Wren, 9/15/11

Common Murres, 9/15/2011

Horned Puffin, 9/15,2011

Baird's Sandpiper, Clam Lagoon, 9/15/2011

Pigeon Guillemot, 9/15/2011

Immature Glaucous-winged Gull, 9/15/2011