Friday, May 31, 2019

Temp in the 40s, overcast and rain in early morning, partly sunny in the afternoon, Wind NNW 10-15 mph

The passerines are coming! The passerines are coming!

Nothing new around town, so we headed up to Lake Andrew, where we had one of the many Red-necked Phalaropes that nest here.

Red-necked Phalarope, near Lake Andrew, May 31, 2019

We then headed towards Clam Lagoon. The guys were ahead of us at the West Lookout, getting ready to walk out the peninsula, We stopped at the Palisades Overlook and spotted an Arctic Loon. We called the guys and they came back to us and all got it. It was an Adak Bird for Jon and Jim and a year bird for Chris.

They went back and walked out the peninsula while we scanned from the South Lookout. They shortly radioed that they had an Eye-browed Thrush! We quickly got over there and I walked out there, but they had only seen it briefly and it had flown away. Oh, well…

A consolation prize was the Bar-tailed Godwit flew into a mudflat close to the road where Barb could get a great look at it.

Bar-tailed Godwit, Clam Lagoon, May 31, 2019

We continued around the lagoon, but found no new birds. As we were leaving Candlestick Bridge, the guys called o report a Hawfinch at Adak National Forest!

We continued back around the lagoon and down to the forest where we saw the Hawfinch.

Hawfinch, Adak National Forest, May 31, 2019

The sun came out this afternoon and highlighted a Common Teal nicely.

Common Teal, Sweeper Channel, May 31, 2019

After returning to the house, we got a call from the guys that the thrush had returned to the peninsula and was behaving tamely. They came down and picked me up and we walked back out and indeed the thrush walked out of the reeds and gave us nice photo-ops.

Eye-browed Thrush, Clam Lagoon, May 31, 2019

After dinner, Jon, Jim, and I went back out. Jim suggested going up Bayshore Drive to look for the Whimbrels we saw there yesterday (As if they would still be there!). Lo and behold, as we were driving up the drive, they flew by and over to the beach. Way to go, Jim!

We went up to the Forest and took another gander at the Hawfinch and called it a day.

While we were gone, Barb watched our feeder. Here are a few of the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches eating our seed.

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches on our “Feeder”, May 31, 2019

Not a bad day!

Trip List is 56.