Temp in the 40s, mostly sunny, moderate northeast wind.
There were a few more birds in Sweeper Cove this morning than lately, including these Marbled and Ancient murrelets.
We went up to Haven Lake, and lo and behold, the other swan had returned! We had seen only one swan there since Sunday. However, the new swan today had some yellow on its bill, unlike the swan that was there last week! Could he have acquired that amount of yellow in five days? Or is this a new swan? Compare the photos.
Up at Contractor’s Camp Marsh, Barb found two Pacific Golden-Plovers while I was walking the marsh. Thankfully, they remained long enough for me to see them as well.
There were very few birds off the seawall, so we headed up to Zeto Point to look for the Smew on Lake Ronnie. On one of the ponds on the road up the hill, A Tufted Duck was with some scaup. (I know, I know, enough with the Tufted Ducks already! Well, we LIKE Tufted Ducks. So there!)
Frank decided to climb the hill overlooking Lake Ronnie to see if it was a better vantage point than the one we usually use. It wasn’t. Although it might have been a hair closer to the lake, it was so much higher as to actually be farther away. Here is a shot of Frank up on the bluff looking down at the lake.
At least Frank got a nice shot of what the weather has been like this past week.
We did not see the Smew today. It could have been sleeping on shore somewhere or left.
We headed back to town to check on feeders and found at least one uninvited guest.
The tour group that is here went out for auklets on the Puck Uk, the boat that will be leaving for Attu on Sunday. They had great views of Whiskered Auklets, Laysan Albatrosses, and sundry other birds. They said it was a great excursion.
The weatherman says this system is not expected to break until the weekend, so we will continue looking for fair-weather birds…