Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Temp in the 40s, overcast, a little sunshine by late afternoon, on and off sprinkles, Wind West at 20-40 mph

Nothing new today.

We’ve had strong NW to W winds the past 24 hours, so we expect new birds will be appearing shortly. Just not yet today…

Offshore from Sweeper Cove this morning were a few Short-tailed Shearwaters, but not much else.

Short-tailed Shearwaters, Kuluk Bay off Sweeper Cove, Sept 17, 2019

We are in a stretch of extra-high tides right now, so Sweeper Creek offers no shorebird-friendly shoreline.

There were more turnstones at Landing Lights and one Rock Sandpiper.

At the Seawall and the Breaches, we had even more turnstones, rock Sandpipers, and the Sanderling flock.

Sanderlings, The Breaches, Sept 17, 2019
Ruddy Turnstone, Seawall, Sept 17, 2019

The Marsh Sandpiper is still present at Clam Lagoon, but the Westerns and stint were not seen today.

Marsh Sandpiper, Clam Lagoon, Sept 17, 2019

From the Palisades Overlook, we watched a couple of shearwaters partake in a gull/alcid feeding frenzy where a whale of some sort was feeding. Never did get a look at the whale, just its water-churning, etc.

There were also two Parasitic Jaegers out there.

The strong winds made for stormy seas, so the naval ship in Kuluk Bay moved farther out and there were no exercises today. There is also a Coast Guard cutter here. We assume that is taking part as well.

The Trip List stands at 42.

Today’s eBird list is at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59892297