Temp in the 50s, partly sunny, NW wind 10-20 mph swinging to the west.
At Clam Lagoon, the Mongolian Plover continues to hang in with a Semipalmated Plover and a Western Sandpiper. This trio will not allow close approach. The Mongol takes off first quickly followed by the other two. So, although I got better photos today, they are still from a great distance and greatly enlarged.
The only other shorebirds we had at the lagoon today were three Pacific Golden-Plovers. And 9 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and 4 Pectoral Sandpipers briefly stepped out of the marsh to show themselves.
At the seawall, the surf was up!
We had mostly Rock Sandpipers and Sanderlings there, but also a nice juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper.
Also at the seawall, while scanning the shearwaters way off-shore, we picked out a Northern Fulmar and an albatross of undetermined species.
Lake Shirley, in addition to being a good place for waterfowl and an occasional shorebird, is best known as the gulls bathtub. It is a freshwater lake and the gulls come over from the saltwater Clam Lagoon to bathe. There is usually a steady stream of gulls coming and going there.
Rental vehicles on Adak are always iffy, but this trip we have a nice 2001 Honda CRV! It is quiet and everything works (except the clock and auxiliary power port)!
The trip list stands at 48.
One week down and one to go…