Temp in the 50s, partly sunny, west wind 10-15 mph.
No activity at the feeders, yet. At Sweeper Cove, a flock of Snow Buntings and Rosy-Finches were active. The Snow Bunting were mostly juveniles.
We headed north, finding nothing at the usual stops. At an overlook between the Elfin Forest and Palisades Overlook, we found a Black Oystercatcher. At Clam lagoon, we had three young Peregrine Falcons sitting out on the mudflats. So this makes at least 4 Peregrines and 2 Gyrfalcons are here.
I walked the marsh edge and found two Long-billed Dowitchers and a Pectoral Sandpiper.
I then went out the peninsula and found a lone Western Sandpiper.
At the Seawall, we had a flock of Ruddy Turnstones. We continued on up to Lake Ronnie and had a flock of Northern Pintails on one of the ponds along the road (as well as a Mallard and Eurasian Wigeon). Up at Lake Ronnie, we added Northern Shoveler to the list.
Back at the Seawall, we relocated the Turnstones and another Western Sandpiper.
We headed back to town, not finding anything else new.
After dinner, we headed out for a quick check of feeders and Sweeper Cove.
In Sweeper Cove, we found an auklet, but it was almost sunset and the bird was at least one-third of a mile away and backlit! The best we could tell was that it was either a Whiskered or Crested. Last week’s group had an immature Whiskered Auklet feeding near the Sweeper Cove breakwater, so it may well have been the same bird. We will look for it again tomorrow in better lighting conditions and hopefully closer.
The triplist stands at 39.