The birds — they just keep coming…
Temp in the 40s, mostly cloudy, 20-30 mph SW wind
Sweeper cove and creek were not productive this morning. The 4 Tufted Ducks were still on the Airport Ponds. At Contractor’s Camp Marsh, no Bean Goose, but we still had a few Wood Sandpipers. No Ring-necked Duck either. Ravens were eating the bird seed at the Brambling Feeder!
The Clam Lagoon flats had no shorebirds. Shotgun Lake surprised us with a Tufted Duck and the female Smew!
The Seawall was somewhat productive with 3 Arctic Loons and a Sea Lion (briefly). Also at the Seawall, several Laysan Albatross were flying offshore, a little closer than usual, but still scope-required.
At Lake Shirley, we picked out two Lesser Scaup in the Greater Scaup flock.
When we came back around to the south side of the lagoon, there were a lot more birds present. The Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, winter Black-headed Gull, and Glaucous Gull were there. The Red-necked Stint was also there and allowed a close approach.
We headed back to town, checked the feeders and saw more Hawfinches.
Since the tide was out, we decided to check Sweeper Channel again. Good thing we did! We found a Common Sandpiper — our 4th for Adak!
It did not allow a close approach and flew down the channel. We could not relocate it after dinner.
The trip list is now 74!
A day-and-a-half to go…