Sunday, June 2, 2019

Temp in the 40s, partly sunny, occasional light drizzle/rain, Wind variable 10-15 mph

The winds are shifting. Sometimes today they were from the northwest, other times northeast, sometimes calm.

However, the birds didn’t change much.

We saw another Red-throated Loon at the Seawall and a couple of Common Loons elsewhere.

The guys had two Wandering Tattlers at the same location where we found one two days ago.

The Hawfinch is still here, as are the Whimbrels and Bar-tailed Godwit.

Bar-tailed Godwit, Clam Lagoon, June 2, 2019

Whimbrel (Siberian race), Bayshore Road Beach, June 2, 2019

Whimbrel (Siberian race), Bayshore Road Beach, June 2, 2019

These three Whimbrels are extremely flighty. Whimbrels that we have found here in the past have usually been fairly approachable. Not these guys! Just poking your head over the dunes to check the shoreline sends these guys flying. Yet, they keep sticking around…

The Lupine is beginning to bloom and I found a new flower to add to my flower photos page – Lyrate Rockcress (Arabidopsis lyrata). I found it while walking over the dunes to look at the Whimbrels!

Lupine beginning to bloom, June 2, 2019

Lyrate Rockcress (Arabidopsis lyrata), June 2, 2019

Jon had a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and a couple of Wood Sandpipers at the Marsh today. We get a lot of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in the fall, but this my be the first spring record for Adak. Unfortunately, we did not see it.

Our bird feeder at the house consists of an old cable spool that the guys rolled over from nearby. The Rosy-Finches love it, as do the ravens. However, the ravens have now started to tear it apart to get at the seeds between the boards!

Raven damage to feeder (with a Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch looking on).

Trip List is stuck at 59.